Delhi finally got to see a typical monsoon rain on Saturday. And along with the rain, it also saw massive traffic jams in several parts of the city due to water-logging and road cave-ins.
Thankfully, since it was a weekend, the traffic was manageable.
Traffic movement was affected in almost all parts of Delhi. Some of the major affected areas due to water logging include the BRT corridor, Zakhira Flyover, Azadpur terminal, Ravidas Marg at Govindpuri, Ashram, Maharani Bagh, the Moti Bagh-Dhaula Kaun stretch, Meera Bagh and Peera Garhi, Model Town, Mori Gate, Jahangirpuri, Siri Fort, Mehrauli, MB Road, Domestic Airport area, Lajpat Nagar, Raja Garden and Mongolpuri.
“Water logging on the roads caused traffic jams on major roads in Delhi during the day. However, the situation improved by afternoon after the rain stopped,” said Traffic Helpline officials.
For Imtiyaz Hussain, a resident of Lajpat Nagar, it was a forced holiday. “I did step out of home, but didn’t dare to go far. There was no auto on the road, which was under water.”
With just two months left for the Commonwealth Games, regular road cave-ins have begun raising serious questions on the safety of the people.
At least five roads across the city caved in during Saturday’s rainfall. The cave-ins were reported from Saket, Yusuf Sarai, Aurobindo Marg, Greater Kailash II and BRT Corridor at Moolchand.
Traffic jams were reported from Aurobindo Marg in South Delhi. The road is presently under DMRC’s jurisdiction as it is carrying out construction work there, said Traffic officials.
In Saket, the cave-in extended to more than 400-500 feet and almost 15-feet deep. Other roads caved in leaving four-to-eight-feet-deep craters. In all the places where roads caved in, traffic movement was badly affected though no mishap was reported.
According to Delhi Traffic police, “Traffic was diverted near Yusuf Sarai towards AIIMS as to road surface peeled on the Yusuf Sarai main road. Vehicular movement was affected on BRT corridor where the road caved in at two places.” Residents living near the Metro construction site at Saket had a narrow escape from a major disaster.
Sujay Mukherjee, a daily commuter, said, “A wall was erected before the excavation work but it was pulled off after the road was repaired. If it was not for the monsoons, the road condition would have remained the same.”