Radhika Chopra was walking down Janpath on Wednesday evening when a heavy downpour caught her unawares.
Within minutes, the sky was overcast with decreasing visibility, prompting vehicles to switch on the headlights.
“Who thought it would rain so heavily at the fag end of the monsoon? And it was so hot during the day,” Chopra cribbed, as she trudged in ankle-deep water.
Chopra was not alone when the downpour –– 37.4 mm rain in about 30 minutes –– caught many people unawares.
While commuters standing at bus stands and waiting for autorickshaws were drenched in a matter of minutes, vehicle owners dreaded with the thought of traffic jams, which continued till late in the night all over the city.
Several roads in generally trouble-free NDMC areas like Mahadev Road, Shanti Path, Panchsheel Marg and the roundabout at Pant Marg reported water logging. The congestion due to such bottlenecks had a ripple effect, with evening peak hour traffic facing heavy jams in virtually the entire NDMC area.
“It has been more than 20 minutes and I have barely moved half a kilometre on Teen Murti Marg,” said Ruhani Singh, headed towards Dhaula Kuan via 11 Murti.
Arjun Prasad, a sales executive headed towards Anand Vihar, said, “Even with the slightest rain, there is a huge pool of water under Indraprastha flyover. It took me more than 40 minutes just between ITO to reach Yamuna bridge.”
IP flyover was not the only place reporting waterlogging — resulting in traffic jams and congestion. Mayapuri flyover, Dhaula Kuan, Punjabi Bagh flyover were some of the major spots that were affected.
“No amount of paper work has helped in getting civic agencies to repair bad roads,” rued a traffic officer.
Some other places from where waterlogging was reported –– and led to traffic snarls –– were Mathura Road, Mehrauli Badarpur road Anand Parbat, Punjabi Bagh Club, Mathura Road-Bhairon Marg T-point, Kailash Nagar, a point between Delhi Gate near Rajghat and Vikas Marg, among others.
The bad weather also affected flight operations. At least two flights had to be diverted due to heavy rains. Kingfisher’s Bangalore-Delhi flight had to be diverted to Lucknow and a Jet Airways flight from Chennai to Delhi had to land in Jaipur. However, no major delays were reported, even though many passengers reported late after getting caught in the traffic snarls on the roads.