Heavy rain throws traffic out of gear in Delhi

Caught in the rain: This here is the scene during heavy rain in the Capital on Wednesday evening. - Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Caught in the rain: This here is the scene during heavy rain in the Capital on Wednesday evening. - Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma  

Commuters stranded due to water-logging and traffic jams

After a brief spell of dry and hot weather, the monsoon returned to the Capital in all its fury on Wednesday leaving commuters stranded and inconvenienced due to water-logging and traffic jams.

According to the Meteorological Department, a total of 18.5 mm of rainfall was recorded till 8-30 p.m. on Wednesday.

As the rain started around 3-30 p.m., vehicular movement was affected in several areas including Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi railway station, Anand Vihar bus terminus, Sarai Kale Khan, South Extension, Ber Sarai, Adchini, Ashram, ITO, Moolchand and Lajpat Nagar due to water-logging. Other areas where traffic moved at snail's pace included the dug up Connaught Place, Ashoka Road, Bhairon Marg, Shankar Road, Karol Bagh, Chattarshal Stadium, Rani Jhasi Road, Bhajanpura Stand, Pusa Road, stretch between Talkatora roundabout and Shankar Road roundabout, Azad Market, Mathura Road, Bhairon Road, Pusa Road to Karol Bagh, GPO roundabout, under IP flyover and between Burari and Wazirabad.

The downpour also washed away tall claims made by the MCD of having completed de-silting of all 1,500-storm water drains under them. Construction waste debris which is yet to be removed by the civic bodies added to the chaos and made its way inside the storm water drains. In addition, several places dug up due to construction activities being carried out ahead of the Commonwealth Games causing grave inconvenience to motorists.

The Delhi Traffic Police blamed the water-logged roads of the city for the enormous traffic jams. A traffic police official said: “The situation actually went out of our control and we were rendered helpless. We have sought help from local police and also pressed PCR vans into action. But due to heavy water-logging on the roads nothing much could be done.”

Banker Shubham Mishra said: “After being stuck in the huge traffic jam at ITO I was forced to return halfway from my journey to Connaught Place to drop off my car there and take the Delhi Metro railway instead.”

“Traffic flow was affected on Gurgoan Expressway near the airport as several two-wheeler drivers decided to take shelter under the flyover causing a traffic jam. It took me about half-hour just to cross that flyover at around 5-30p.m.,” added another commuter Snigdha Chauhan.

The MCD central control room received 223 complaints of water-logging from different parts of the city.

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