Heavy rainfall, water-logged roads and traffic reduced to a crawl, that was Saturday in Delhi. As rain lashed the Capital on Saturday, water-logged arterial roads brought traffic to a halt and threw life out of gear.
Traffic was reduced to a snail’s pace in most parts of the city and literally to a halt in several others. Uprooted trees, broken-down vehicles, disrupted services added to the woes of the city.
Water began flooding the city’s roads and low lying areas within hours of the showers. “It took us over an hour to reach K.G. Marg from Baba Kharak Singh Marg at about 1-30 p.m. The underpass was submerged, there were a few broken down auto-rickshaws that made the situation worse. Traffic lights were also not working, and there was absolute confusion,” said S. George, a government employee and a resident of Pandara Road.
Residents in several areas complained of overflowing drains and sewage water spilling on the roads. In Malviya Nagar, where the Metro station had to be shut down because of heavy water-logging, residents had to wade through knee-deep water to cross several stretches.
Heavy water-logging was reported from Inderlok, where an electricity pole fell, R.K. Ashram metro station, Rajouri Garden, Rohtak Road, Narela, Sarojini Nagar, Okhla, Jamia Nagar, ITO, Laxmi Nagar, Dwarka and South Extension.
Power supply in some parts of the city was also disrupted because of the rain; in some areas uprooted trees fell on the power carrying lines, snapping them in turn. The Met Department said 123.2 mm of rain was recorded in the city till 5 p.m. and more rain is expected in the next two days.