Monday evening on roads wasn't as bad as expected. There was the usual traffic rush and waterlogging, but thanks to the rain gods, the added trouble of peak-hour Games lanes trial was missing.
Owing to the rain, Delhi Traffic Police cancelled its peak-hour trial run on select dedicated lanes between 4 and 6 p.m. on Monday.
Although the traffic police are quite optimistic, the cancellation doesn't bode too well for real-time usage Games lanes, which will come into effect from September 20.
"Trials on these routes will now be conducted on Tuesday morning between 8 and 10 a.m., if it does not rain heavily," said Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic).
The trial run that were scheduled to take place on three stretches — NH-24, Ma Anandmayee Marg in Kalkaji and Ring Road — were cancelled by the traffic police due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging in these areas.
Delhi Traffic Police has already conducted off-day trial runs and non-peak hour trial runs in last two weeks.
"Cancellation of peak-hour trial runs for a day will not be of much problem as we have enough time to do so. But if rain continues for a few more days during peak hours, it will really be a problem. We hope we could conduct peak-hour trial runs on all the important stretches at least once before September 20, when the dedicated Games lanes will be enforced," said a senior officer of the Traffic department.
"Once peak-hour trial runs on all stretches are completed, we will be able to manage traffic during the Games even if it rains. But the biggest concern would be the damaged and waterlogging prone roads. If it rains heavily for some more days the concerned agencies will not be able to repair them before September 20," said the officer.