Monsoon woes are likely to get worse for Delhi residents in the coming days as more rain is expected, officials have warned. The Met department has said rainfall is likely to exceed the average this year.
Transport officials said the city’s infrastructure is not equipped to withstand such continuous showers and that commuters should brace for more delays and snarls.
Dr Sendil Kumar, a researcher IIT Delhi, said the city’s drains are not built to flush out rain water efficiently and that the accumulated water worsened the surface of the roads.
“The slopes and gradients in many important junctions have not been properly made. The accumulated water increases the risk of road damage and cave-ins as well as breakdowns. Of all the metro cities, Delhi is the worst equipped when it comes to managing its infrastructure during monsoon. A few minutes of shower are enough to bring the city to a halt,” he said.
Last week, when the rainfall was above normal, complaints of transport snags, flooded roads and cave-ins were reported from across the capital.
Eight road cave-ins were reported from different parts of the city. On Monday, an Indian Navy bus was stuck in a damaged road in Lutyens’ zone.
In a similar incident, a 20-foot crater was formed near the Nehru Place flyover after heavy rain on Friday.
“Crossing the Nehru Place flyover is a task in itself, with the construction work and heavy traffic. The cave-in added to the traffic woes. On Saturday evening, it took me 20mins to just reach the foot of the flyover after crossing Savitri Cinema. In the last two days, I have started taking a different route,” said Susheel Yadav of Malviya Nagar.
More than 230 complaints of DTC bus breakdowns were registered with the helpline.
“The biggest worry during a rainy day is a bus breakdown at a busy junction. That is enough to hold up the traffic for hours. The chances of breakdowns in low-floor buses are higher and the process of removing them is time consuming. We need specialised cranes, which are only a few, to remove the buses,” said a senior traffic official.
Last week, as many as 1,468 auto rickshaw drivers registered with the Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh complained of breakdowns. Data by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows 102mm of rainfall has been recorded in the last nine days.