Just 20.6 mm of rain brings Delhi to a crawl, expect wetter days ahead
Among the worst-hit areas were Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Akshardham, Pitampura, Yamuna Vihar, Lajpat Nagar, ITO and areas around Shivaji Park metro station.delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2017 23:16 IST
A rainy Monday ensured traffic across several places in Delhi moved at a snail’s pace, especially during the day.
The Delhi Traffic Police said waterlogging caused severe traffic jams in areas such as Munirka, Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, around the Saket metro station, Malviya Nagar, Dhaula Kuan, Moolchand, Ashram intersection, Dabri Mor, Motibagh, ITO, Mahavir Enclave and under Rao Tula Ram flyover continuing till the Airport Road.
Among the worst-hit areas were Mayur Vihar Phase-1, Akshardham, Pitampura, Yamuna Vihar, Lajpat Nagar, ITO and areas around Shivaji Park metro station.
“We had deployed additional officials in clogged areas to ensure smooth movement of traffic,” said a senior traffic official.
The authorities had earlier claimed to have completed desilting activities to reduce rain-related disruptions. However, Monday’s snarls once again pointed out how the Capital is not prepared for the monsoon.
Shubham Kapoor, a 30-year-old businessman living in Vasant Vihar, said it took him nearly an hour more than usual to reach Gurgaon from Delhi.
“I took me nearly double time as I got stuck in the Outer Ring Road after the showers began around noon,” he said.
The Met office recorded around 20.6 mm of rain on Monday afternoon and there are predictions of more rain over the next few days.
“The sky would remain cloudy and light rain and thundershower could be lashing the city over the next few days. The temperature is also expected to plummet to around 30 degrees Celsius by the weekend. We are expecting a pleasant week ahead,” said a senior Met official.
NGT on drains
The National Green Tribunal, meanwhile, appointed four advocates as ‘local commissioners’ to inspect some of the city’s drains.
The local commissioners were directed to inspect the drains at Gulabi Bagh, Chirag Delhi, Kalyanpuri and trunk drain no 1 at Seelampur.
“They (local commissioners) shall report to the tribunal whether these drains are clean from any silt, municipal solid waste and other waste or non-acceptable substances in the drains. They shall observe and state whether these drains are carrying sewage and as a result thereof there is odour in the environment,” the bench said.
The NGT had earlier taken note of a drain clogged with garbage in northeast Delhi and sought a reply from the Delhi government. It had directed asked the authorities to show cause as to why appropriate action should not be taken against them.
The bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar observed that all authorities are under ‘statutory’ obligation to ensure that waste is ‘collected, transported and disposed’ off as per guidelines stated in the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.