Delhi chokes again: Traffic jams, waterlogging after rainfall

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2016 23:00 IST
Several areas of the city, including Munirka, Lajpat Nagar, Old Delhi, Rohini, Vikas Puri, Naraina, Delhi Cantonment and Patparganj, witnessed waterlogging and traffic snarls after Thursday’s rainfall. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Heavy rain on Thursday caused waterlogging in different parts of the city, bringing traffic to a halt. The rain also led to delay and diversion of multiple flights.

The met office has forecast rain and thundershowers till Sunday.

According to Delhi Traffic police, waterlogging caused traffic jams at Iron Bridge ITO, Rajdhani Park towards Mundka, Narayana, Shadipur, Mayapuri, Moti Bagh, Chirag Delhi, BRT and Rajouri Garden, leading to traffic snarls that continued till late evening.

The city received a total of 17.7mm of rainfall.

The rain, however, brought little relief from the high humidity with the maximum temperature settling at 35.4 degrees Celsius, average for the season.

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The minimum temperature was recorded at 27.8 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature on Friday is expected to come down further to 33 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature is likely to hover around 27 degrees Celsius.

Residents too had to face waterlogging in certain areas, including Munirka, Lajpat Nagar, Old Delhi, Rohini, Vikas Puri, Naraina, Delhi Cantonment, and Patparganj.

A traffic jam at the ITO crossing after rains waterlogged several areas in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/)

“A three-lane road has been reduced to one lane and there are bottlenecks along all major stretches. Even it rains for a day, the effect remains for the next three days,” said Rajneesh Singh, 38, from Green Park.

Air travellers had to deal with traffic jams and flight delays. According to airport officials, while three flights were diverted, several were delayed.

The agencies continued to blame each other. The municipal corporations said all waterlogging points were under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department (PWD). The department blamed the corporation.

More than seven civic agencies work in the city to ensure a smooth ride during monsoons. Senior officials claim multiplicity of agencies is behind the problems.

The ITO crossing after heavy rains lashed across New Delhi on Thursday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

“Apart from the three corporations, there is NDMC, NHAI, DSIIDC, PWD and I&FC too work independently for the cause. None of these agencies report to each other, leading to miscommunication and is the reason behind the waterlogging,” said a senior municipal official.

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