Monsoon arrives, spells traffic trauma

Relief along with grief: A civic worker trying to fix an overflowing manhole following monsoon showers in the city on Friday.

Relief along with grief: A civic worker trying to fix an overflowing manhole following monsoon showers in the city on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

Downpour leads to waterlogging on several stretches

Monsoon finally arrived in the city, bringing a mixed bag of relief and grief for citizens. Although there was a smattering of showers in different parts the previous night and early hours of Friday, it turned heavy towards the afternoon and quite predictably led to traffic gridlocks on several roads.

Rainfall ranged between heavy in Madhapur and its environs and light in most parts of the twin cities. If almost 9 cm of rainfall was recorded in Madhapur, it was between 2 cm and 6 cm in areas of Hayatnagar, Saroornagar, Serilingampally, Uppal, Keesara, Asifnagar etc.

The day temperature dropped to 36.9 degree C, four degrees down from normal temperature while the night temperature was 26.4 degree C, three degrees below normal.

The forecast for tomorrow, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), is generally cloudy sky with thundershowers or one to two spells of rain.

Emergency teams of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) were put on high alert to tackle waterlogging and overflowing manholes.

The downpour slowed down traffic movement on almost all the main thoroughfares at Ranigunj, Paradise junction towards CTO junction, NTR Bhavan junction, KBR Park road towards Jubilee Hills Check Post junction, KCP junction, NIMS hospital towards Punjagutta, Prakash Nagar, Rasoolpura towards CTO junction, Saifabad, Banjara Hills Road No 1/7, Road No 1/10, Road No 1/12, Khaja Mansion towards Masab Tank Junction, HiTec City, Gachibowli, etc.

The IMD stated that the South west monsoon has advanced into Telangana and covered most parts while the remaining areas would be covered in next 72 hours with heavy rains forecast in isolated places.

Telangana State Development and Planning Society (TSDPS) recorded highest rainfall in Gandhari in Kamareddy district at 9.5 cm while in several other areas, it ranged between 2-8 cm.

Metro rush

Hyderabad Metro Rail saw huge crowds, especially from the HiTec City side towards Ameerpet and beyond from Friday afternoonds. Durgam Cheruvu and Jubilee Hills stations also saw heavy rush forcing the L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad to run more trains services on the stretch.

“It became unmanageable at one stage at both HiTec City and Durgam Cheruvu stations. It took a while to clear the rush and the crowd gradually thinned down towards the last service,” said HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy.

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