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Delhi: Heavy rain leads to chaos, traffic snarls; water enters many homes

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 20, 2013
First Published: 22:03 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:09 IST(21/8/2013)

Tuesday saw another bout of heavy rain in the Capital. Like every other time, the roads got flooded and the city witnessed massive traffic jams. The Raksha Bandhan rush on roads added to the chaos.

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North, south and central Delhi were among the worst affected as these areas also saw the highest rainfall. Snarls were reported from major traffic points such as ITO, Kashmere Gate, South Extension, Laxmi Nagar, Ashram Chowk, Moolchand crossing, Dhaula Kuan, Badarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Okhla, Uttam Nagar, Nehru Place, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and Adchini.

These areas are regular victims of traffic chaos every time there's heavy rain.

Water-logging was reported from various parts of the city such as Najafgarh, Mahipalpur, Palam, Dwarka, Uttam Nagar, Vasant Kunj, Jungpura Extension, Tagore Garden, Tilak Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Safdurganj Enclave and Green Park Extension. Similar complaints came from areas such as Shahpur Jat, Hauz Khas, August Kranti Marg and Bhimsa Pitamah Marg as well.

There were reports of water seeping into parked cars in South Extension 1. In northwest Delhi's Pitampura, there were reports of rainwater entering homes. "The choked sewers are responsible for this. There was no response to calls on any helpline," said Dinesh Varshney, a resident of Deepali Chowk in Pitampura.

Every year, the civic bodies claim that all drains in their areas are totally desilted. But the muck is usually left outside and it makes its way back to the drains when it rains. This often leads to waterlogging.

"They haven't really cleaned the drains. On paper, I can claim anything but the ground reality is different. The small lanes of the Walled City suffer the worst every time it pours. Areas such as Sabzi Mandi, Kashmere Gate, Azad Market and Sadar Bazar are among the worst hit," said Ashok Bhasin, president of North Delhi Resident Welfare Federation.


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