Waterlogging, traffic jams hit city after rain
Commuters say cab prices skyrocketed within an hour of showers, weather department reported 23.8 mm of rain between Sunday night and Monday morning.delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2016 02:24 IST
Early morning rainfall in Delhi and the national capital region inundated vast stretches of roads on Monday, triggering mile-long traffic snarls and a nightmare of a commute for thousands of office goers.
Social media was flooded with photos of people wading through knee-deep water and cars negotiating massive waterlogging on arterial roads, including the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.
Commuters said cab prices went through the roof within an hour of rainfall and police reported many underpasses were inundated. The weather department reported 23.8 mm of rain between Sunday night and Monday morning.
South Delhi was the worst hit with severe traffic snarls due to waterlogging at IIT-Delhi, Munirka, Moti Bagh, Chirag Delhi, Saket, Modi Mill, Moolchand, South Extension, Yusuf Sarai, AIIMS, Lodhi Road, Andrews Ganj, Greater Kailash, Nehru Place and Jasola.
Water stagnated mostly in the mouths of flyovers, underpasses and low-lying areas.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic was witnessed at Pusa Road, Anand Parbat, Mundka, Janpath, Naraina, Mayapuri, Zakhira Flyover, Wazirabad, Badarpur border, Wazirabad, Okhla, Palam Flyover, Sectors 6 and 7 of Dwarka sub-city, Najafgarh and Peeragarhi. Traffic jams were reported in Ghaziabad and Noida due to waterlogging at several places. Vehicles to Delhi from Noida and Greater Noida moved at snail’s pace in the morning.
The Delhi Traffic Police advised commuters to plan their route in advance, and avoid points that generally witness traffic jams or waterlogging.
“We will be deploying many of our personnel, and the focus will be on major waterlogging points. We have already listed out these water-logging points and apprised the agencies concerned of the need to fix them,” Sandeep Goel, special commissioner of police (traffic), said.
The Traffic Police also tweeted consistently all morning about possible jams and blocks.
Later in the day, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia directed all agencies involved to conduct joint inspections and submit a report within a day.
He sought a separate report from the Delhi Traffic Police about the roads vulnerable to water-logging and the reasons for it. A Delhi government spokesperson said immediate corrective action will be taken
Leader of the House in South Delhi Municipal Corporation Subhash Arya blamed the Delhi government for the waterlogging. He said all nallahs under SDMC’s jurisdiction were desilted. The ones not cleaned belonged to city government, he added.
Arya also apart from traffic jams at Kashmiri Gate Bus Terminus, outside L-G’s office and Raja Garden Chowk, the rest of the city was normal.