A brief spell of rainfall on Tuesday afternoon brought many parts of the city to a standstill. Areas of south Delhi were the worst affected. Potholes and bad condition of the roads made the situation worse as vehicles crawled to reach their destinations.
Surprisingly, the agencies responsible for making the city roads free of waterlogging and traffic jam were busy passing the buck even as the commuters struggled to wriggle out of traffic jams. The traffic situation became alarming even though it rained merely 1.1 mm — something classified as "low" rainfall by the Met department.
A number of roads where traffic jams were witnessed had to be repaired by the civic agencies — Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Public Works Department (PWD) — after a list was sent to them by the Delhi traffic police last week.
Unable to repair the stretches on time, the civic agencies are ready with excuses. They even claimed that they are yet to receive an official list.
"We have not received a list of roads that need to be repaired either from the Delhi government or the Delhi Traffic Police. We will take appropriate action on that once we receive it," said Deep Mathur, director, press and information, MCD.
However, the Delhi Traffic Police had a different story to tell. "We have sent them four lists so far, but they are yet to act on them. It is their responsibility to fix the roads and fill up the potholes as traffic will come to a halt on most of the roads identified by us," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police, (traffic).
The control room of the traffic police was abuzz with phone calls from commuters. Complaints were received from Mathura Road, Ring Road, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Pankha Road, Naraina, Barafkhana Chowk to Azad Market Chowk, Sarita Vihar, Modi Mill, Sarita Vihar, Lawrence Road among others.
The control room of the MCD also received complaints of waterlogging from across the city.
"I was stuck in the area starting from the Modi Mill flyover to Lajpat Nagar for close to 45 minutes because water had accumulated on the sides of the roads and traffic signals had stopped working. There was complete chaos and no police personnel to regulate the traffic either," said Ankita Sharma, who was stuck for an hour on same stretch on Tuesday.