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Delhi waterlogged, traffic crawls

delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2010 00:41 IST
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Even pedestrians fared better than the crawling vehicles, as the latter crawled on city roads due to Wednesday's downpour. Commuters had a harried time making their way home after braving endless traffic jams.

The downpour also washed away tall claims made by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) of having completed desilting of all the 1,500-storm water drains under its care.

The debris from under-construction Commonwealth Games sites, which is yet to be removed by civic bodies, added to the chaos and made its way inside storm water drains, choking them further.

On a day when Delhi had received 18.5 mm rainfall till 8.30 p.m., government agencies were busy passing the buck, with the Delhi traffic police blaming the city's waterlogged drains for the enormous traffic jams.

"We were helpless. The situation went out of our control. We have sought help from the local police and also pressed PCR vans into action. But that hardly brought relief due to waterlogging," said Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic).

"Delhi witnesses major traffic jams even when it doesn't rain. So, it is quite natural to have traffic jams when it rains so heavily. Though we had made adequate arrangements at all the 100 odd vulnerable points, there is some fault in the drainage system too, which resulted in traffic jams," said Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney.

Even metro stations were waterlogged due to the heavy rains. There was two-feet-deep water on many metro lines, including the Yellow Line. However, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials maintained services were not affected due to the rains.

The MCD control room received 223 complaints on a water-logged Wednesday.

Teen electrocuted

An unidentified 14-year-old cyclist was electrocuted in south-east Delhi on Wednesday, when he accidentally touched an electric wire that had fallen onto a waterlogged street in B-Block, New Friends Colony. "Around 7:30 p.m., the boy was crossing a water-logged road on a cycle, where an electric wire had fallen and was electrocuted on the spot," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.