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Water-logging resurfaces, office-goers among worst hit

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 22, 2013
First Published: 23:01 IST(22/7/2013) | Last Updated: 03:39 IST(23/7/2013)
Another spell of heavy rain hit the Capital on Monday and brought with it the perennial problem of water-logging and traffic jams on arterial roads.

Traffic moved at a snail's pace on Monday due to waterlogging at 20-odd locations. According to the traffic police, waterlogging triggered traffic jams at Saket, Aurobindo Marg, Okhla, Mathura Road, IP Estate Flyover, Jasola Vihar, Adchini, Purana Qila, Peeragarhi and Pitampura among other areas.

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Other areas that reported water-logging included Maya Enclave, Hari Nagar, Vashist Park and Pankha Road in west Delhi, and Vasant Kunj, Malviya Nagar, Gulmohar Park in south Delhi. In north Delhi, Chawri Bazar, Azadpur and Pitampura were affected.

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East Delhi's East Azad Nagar, Geeta Colony, New Seelampur, Subhash Park, Naveen Shahadra and Dilshad Garden also reported water-logging.

Flooding was reported from outside Supreme Court too and a small portion of Bhagwan Das Road had to be barricaded for some time. Traffic came to a complete halt at Nizamuddin Bridge when it was raining.

Defunct traffic signals added to the mess. "Fifty-six signals broke down since morning. Of them, 28 were repaired around 4.30pm," said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

Office-goers were among the worst affected and many were seen wading through the water to reach their destinations. "I had to wait for an hour for an auto from Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj. Then it took me another 90 minutes to reach central Delhi," said Sanal Arora, an employee in a CP firm.


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