Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A steady shower all day long brought life to a virtual halt in the Capital on Thursday, leaving thousands of motorists stranded in endless traffic jams across the city.

With dark clouds plunging the city into darkness around evening itself, poor visibility added to the discomfort. Even flights at Delhi airport were disrupted in the evening.

The Indian Meteorological Department recorded 40.4 mm of rain till 8-30 p.m. on Thursday and the maximum temperature settled at a comfortable 33.4 degrees Celsius.

According to the traffic police, complaints were received through the day from Raj Ghat, Punjabi Bagh, Paschim Vihar, Ashram, G.T. Karnal Road, Dhaula Kuan, Shastri Nagar, Meera Bagh, Okhla, Kalkaji, Wazirpur, Peeragarhi Road, Anand Parbat, Moti Bagh, Sarai Kale Khan, Moti Nagar, Lajwanti Garden, Mayapuri, Narela, Ashok Vihar and Ashram. The situation was worse in areas where Delhi Metro construction is underway.

College student Simran Duggal said: “I had a harrowing time travelling on Thursday. The buses were very crowded. Though our driver avoided Dhaula Kuan and took the Moti Bagh route, the bus still got stuck in traffic jams along the entire stretch from Subroto Park to Munirka.”

On Thursday, a total of 14 water-logging complaints were received by the MCD central control room from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. These complaints were from Rajdhani Enclave in Rani Bagh, Munirka, Raj Ghat, Subhash Road T-point, Mayapuri Chowk, Tomar Colony in Burari, Hastsal Village, Geeta Colony, East Jyoti Nagar, Shraddhanand Colony, Malviya Nagar, Satender Nagar, Moti Nagar among others.