Delhiites who stayed back at home on Tuesday made a smart move and were lucky to enjoy the pleasant weather. Because those who had to step out had a terrible time on the roads, which were waterlogged and witnessed huge traffic snarls across the Capital.
Major traffic problems were reported from Ring Road, ISBT, Moti Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Punjabi Bagh, North Campus area, Majnu Ka Tilla, Badarpur, Karol Bagh, ITO, Dipali Chowk, Prasad Nagar, Madhuban Chowk and Model Town, said Delhi Traffic police officials.
Some parts of South Delhi including IIT, Green Park, Dhaula Kuan and Munirka went under water within minutes after rains started around 10.50 a.m.
“Vehicular movement slowed down on these stretches for hours but thankfully as rains started during the non-peak hours, the traffic situation was not uncontrollable,” said a senior traffic officer. Sunit Bansal from Mayur Vihar said, “It took me over an hour to reach Lodhi Road from Mayur Vihar in my car. I left home around 12 noon and reached the CGO Complex in Lodhi Road around 1.20 p.m.”
Chiranjeev Banik, who stays near Delhi Haat in south Delhi, could not go to his office in Gurgaon.
“I left home and after driving a couple of kilometres, I had to turn back due to severe traffic jam and waterlogging on roads,” he said. According to the Delhi Traffic Police, one carriageway of the Ring Road from Moolchand towards Dhaula Kuan remained congested till late afternoon.
The traffic updates on mobile phones and social networking sites Facebook and Twitter also alerted commuters to plan their journey accordingly.
Those in North Delhi also had a terrible time with waterlogging leading to traffic jams for hours.
Ritesh Diwan, a resident of Shalimar Bagh, got stuck near Model Town for two hours while coming from his office in Okhla around 6.30 p.m. “People had to walk on the road, making their way through highly contaminated sewage water that overflows from Wazirpur,” said Diwan.