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Delhi’s shame: Crippled again by rain, Metro

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 20, 2013
First Published: 22:14 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(21/8/2013)

Tuesday was a harrowing day for commuters in the Capital, with the rain causing traffic jams in several places and a technical snag disrupting Metro services on the Blue Line for over 90 minutes.

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According to the DMRC, a glitch between Karol Bagh and RK Ashram stations led to delays. “Services were hit on the Dwarka-Vaishali/Noida line from 12.40-2pm due to a problem in an insulator on the overhead electrification poles,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

“I started for Nehru Place at 12:25pm from Akshardham, and the train stopped at Yamuna Bank. It took us an hour to reach Barakhamba Road, where we were asked to deboard,” said Virendra Singh Nirwan, a student. “I decided to take an auto but couldn’t find one due to the rain.”

Slow and serpentine traffic snarls were reported from all major intersections such as ITO, Kashmere Gate, South Extension, Laxmi Nagar, Ashram Chowk, Moolchand, Dhaula Kuan, Badarpur, Nehru Place and Adchini.

Manjeet Singh Chugh, a resident of South Extension, said the situation was bad and rainwater got into parked cars. “There was around three-and-a-half feet of water in many places, and it entered houses as well as cars. Claims of desilting aren’t enough. Civic agencies must take concrete actions,” he said.

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