Roads leading to most Commonwealth Games venues witnessed massive traffic snarls as the Met's three-day-old forecast of incessant rains in the capital in days to come materialised on Thursday morning.
"Due to water logging and ongoing construction work, traffic movement was extremely slow on various routes leading to Chhatrasal Stadium, Saket Sports Complex, I.G Stadium and Shivaji Stadium just to name a few," said a senior Delhi Traffic Police officer requesting anonymity.
Office goers had a harrowing time in reaching their destinations as vehicles inched along at some of the most major traffic intersections in the city including Azadpur, Hanuman Setu, M.B Road, Pusa Road, Ring Road and ITO during morning rush hour.
"It took me more than an hour to reach Azadpur from my house in Kamla Nagar," said Ankur Bansal (35), a software engineer who was en route his office at Netaji Subhash Place.
He said while half the carriageway was blocked by debris, water logging restricted vehicular movement on what was left of the stretch.
Even as vehicles jostled for space on the main carriageway, two-wheelers crawled at snail's pace in the service lanes adjacent to the IG Stadium.
"The red light at the Ambedkar Nagar intersection was turned off which delayed me by half an hour. I got stuck for another half hour at the Vikas Marg crossing. It took me another hour to move beyond the Games Village," said Ankush Batra (22), a student.
Commuters en route central Delhi from east and northeast Delhi had a similar tale to relate.
"The Akshardham flyover was choked during office time. At least vehicles were moving, even though at a snail's pace, when I reached central Delhi, but that was only after I was stuck for an hour each at the Akshardham and the I.P Estate crossings," said Shikha Tiwari (28), who works for a private bank on the Barakhamba Road.