Heavy rains followed by water logging, broken roads, demonstrations and police barricades … the reasons may be varied but the results are inevitably the same, always. Prolonged congestion at peak hours has become a regular feature on Delhi roads and Monday saw all this and much more.
Owing to a series of shootouts in the city, the police had erected barricades along many important roads. This led to heavy congestion on stretches like NH 24 and Dhaula Kuan during morning peak hours. “These barricades have been erected to keep a tab on criminals. We appeal to the people to bear with us,” Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.
Demonstration by traders of Ambedkar Nagar on the BRT corridor lead to a severe jam from about 11 am. “We diverted the traffic from respective sides at Khanpur and Shekhsarai to avoid further inconvenience to commuters,” said a senior traffic official.
Going by the road conditions, the quantity of rain is directly proportional to the problems it creates for average commuter, especially during peak hours.
Broken roads brought down the speed of vehicles and at times led to jam-like situation. Some of the major stretches where broken roads lead to congestion were: Libaspur on GT Karnal road (NH1), Badarpur border, Okhla Mor on Mathura Road and also Near Lal Kuan on MB Road.
Relatively good roads also saw congestions and jam-like situations due to water logging caused by heavy rain. While many stretches saw potholes filled with water leading to lowered speed of vehicles, there were huge pools of water at other places; especially vulnerable were spaces under flyovers or underpasses.
Water logging under Mayapuri flyover, at Dhaula Kuan, Moolchand underpass, Indraprastha flyover virtually saw the entire ring road jammed during morning peak hours. The stretch between Ashram-Sarai Kale Khan and Nizamuddin T-point saw a prolonged congestion in the forenoon.
Apart from the chaos on roads, several areas saw water logging with MCD control room getting complaints from almost all parts of the city. The main areas were: Vikas Puri, Club Road (Punjabi Bagh), Bhairon Enclave, Arbindo Marg (Defence Colony), Lado Sarai, Malviya Nagar and parts of Vivek Vihar.
There were four complaints of tree falling at Madipur Colony, Hauz Khas, near Priya cinema (Vasant Vihar) and Dilshad Garden.