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No-motion norm, thank God for slow motion

delhi Updated: Sep 12, 2009 00:57 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Hindustan Times
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Waterlogging led to massive traffic jams all across the city on Friday.

Many air passengers missed their flights after roads leading to and nearby Indira Gandhi International Airport were choc-a-bloc with traffic.

Passengers were stuck for more than two hours at places like Dhaula Kuan and Rao Tula Ram Marg, which lead to the airport.

“Right from Outer Ring Road to the Dwarka roundabout next to the domestic airport, traffic was crawling. Only those passengers who had left for the airport hours before their flight could manage to board them,” said a senior airport official.

According to traffic police officers, sewer water flooded a part of the airport road where Gurgaon Road and Parade Road meet, and resulted in deep potholes.

“Water is still oozing out and eroding the road. The movement of vehicles has slowed down drastically,” said SN Srivastava, joint CP (Traffic).

The daylong rain saw water enter the domestic arrival terminal, and it had to be pumped out. The roof of the domestic departure terminal 1D leaked again and X-ray screening machines and other equipment had to be shut down to prevent damage.

In the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) central and zonal control rooms received 40 complaints of waterlogging on Friday.

The incessant rain also led to felling of 27 trees in the MCD area and nine in the New Delhi area.

Most parts of south Delhi were badly hit due to on-going construction activities, which resulted in massive traffic jams. The office rush extended well into the afternoon as hundreds of cars lined up at Nehru Place.

“It has been raining for the past two days and due to heavy waterlogging at many places, motorists were using only one lane of the two for commuting,” said Srivastava.

The connecting road between Kalkaji and East of Kailash, Lala Lajpat Rai Path, was completely blocked by afternoon. The on-going Metro construction has already turned the three-lane road into a single-laner as a major portion has been cordoned off while the incessant rain has damaged some sections of the road near Zamrudpur, where a Metro pillar had collapsed last month.

"Arterial roads in Kalkaji and Greater Kailash also suffered from slow traffic movement as vehicles moved into residential lanes here to avoid the roadblock. Although traffic police were present, the situation was beyond their control, as most signals were not functioning,” said Rajiv Kakkar, a businessman stuck in the jam.

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