Long traffic jams on several major roads; trees uprooted; road caves in at GK-II
Saturday morning's heavy rain inundated some localities and caused lengthy traffic snarls on several arterial roads in Delhi, raising fresh questions on the quality of the preparations being made for the Commonwealth Games.
Traffic moved at a snail's pace on Outer Ring Road, Ring Road, Aurobindo Marg and Khel Gaon Road in South Delhi. A commuter said he took three hours to travel from Moti Bagh to India Habitat Centre. “I experienced bottlenecks at Munirka, Hauz Khas, Green Park and South Extension. In those three hours, I must have worn out two months off my car's clutch life-span,” he quipped.
The situation was no different at Model Town, Prashant Vihar, Raja Garden, Mongolpuri, Jahangirpuri, Kalyanpuri and in other parts of the Capital. Knee-deep water inundated Safdarjung, Mayapuri, Andrews Ganj, Jasola, Anand Parbat, AIIMS flyover, Pusa Road at Karol Bagh and parts of Shahdara. Water also entered the DCP office and Delhi Fire Service office at Shahdara.
Heavy rains also caused traffic jams in parts of Mayur Vihar III, Rohini, and on the Bus Rapid Transit corridor. With two-wheeler riders parking underneath flyovers to escape the rain and several vehicles breaking down due to water entering their engines, very little road space was left for vehicles to pass through in several areas.
In addition to this, construction activity and the presence of debris on the road sides, as in the case of INA Market, led to the further traffic snarls.
The Safdarjung station of the Indian Meteorological Department recorded 62.5 mm rain on Saturday, taking the total rainfall received this monsoon season to 242.2 mm.
At Greater Kailash-II, a road freshly-tarred 15 days ago, caved in at several places. While a Honda Civic car fell into a deep pit caused by the cave in, a truck also got stuck when its wheels went over the loose earth. Residents alleged that the road which was dug up to lay sewers was not properly covered before the tarring work.
Trees were also uprooted at several places during the rain. Residents, however, welcomed the reprieve from the high humidity conditions of the last few days.
The weather forecast for Sunday is mainly cloudy skies with a few spells of rain or thunder showers. Maximum temperature recorded on Saturday was 29.6 degrees Celsius and minimum was 24 degrees Celsius. The maximum and minimum temperatures were 4 degrees and 3 degrees Celsius lower than the normal respectively.
The Delhi High Court had on July 12 pulled up the MCD for water-logging and the poor condition of city roads. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on July 13 had blamed the water-logging on the debris left behind from construction activities and said debris removal would be completed by August 10. While about 16,000 tons has been removed since, a lot of it still remains strewn around and continues to cause water-logging.