Delhi: Rain brings relief but causes waterlogging and traffic jams
Among the worst-hit areas were Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Akshardham, Pitampura, Yamuna Vihar, Lajpat Nagar and areas around Shivaji Park metro station.delhi Updated: Jul 02, 2017 17:13 IST
Heavy rain on Wednesday afternoon caused waterlogging in different parts of the capital, leading to traffic snarls that continued for several hours.
According to Delhi Traffic Police, waterlogging caused traffic jams in areas such as Munirka, Aurobindo Marg, MB road, around Saket metro station, Malviya Nagar, Dhaula Kuan flyover and under RTR flyover.
Among the worst-hit areas were Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Akshardham, Pitampura, Yamuna Vihar, Lajpat Nagar and areas around Shivaji Park metro station.
“Problems due to waterlogging continued for several hours after the rain stopped. Traffic got worse on the roads around Sarita Vihar metro station and Apollo hospital. This happens during every monsoon. There is just no escaping it,” said Veena Sreen, a Sarita Vihar resident.
According to South Delhi Municipal Corporation, waterlogging was reported from Sangam Vihar main road near Bhart Ghar and C block in Greater Kailash-1.
North Delhi Municipal Corporation said that waterlogging was caused in its ward at Ashok Vihar Phase-1 in Civil Lines zone.
Many motorists complained that they got stuck in traffic jams for over an hour.
“I came out of office early to enjoy the weather, which had become quite cool after the rain. But my car got stuck in traffic for more than half an hour. It was a nightmare. There was water everywhere on the road. And there was no respite from the heavy traffic,” said Gautam Kumar, who regularly travels to Faridabad from Connaught Place.
Also, traffic was thrown out of gear due to breakdown of buses. Delhi Traffic Police issued regular alerts through its official Twitter handle, asking commuters to avoid certain areas where traffic was obstructed.
“Obstruction in traffic from Sansad Marg towards Connaught Place due to breakdown of a cluster bus near Allahabad Bank,” it tweeted.
In back-to-back tweets, it further cautioned people to avoid certain stretches such as the carriageway from ISBT towards Nigambodh Ghat and from Nadia Park towards Shakti Nagar, due to breakdown of a bus belonging to Delhi Transport Corporation.