A breakdown in the northern power grid on Monday crippled Metro services in Noida and elsewhere in Delhi-NCR for three hours, leaving thousands of passengers stranded on the first working day of the week.
This caused huge traffic jams as desperate commuters hit the roads instead. Office-goers and students were among the worst sufferers.
"Metro let me down. But public transport was of no use either because of massive jams. I could not get to my college in Delhi," said Aditi Sharma, a student of Miranda House.
The Noida authority had two weeks back claimed to have deployed a special team of constables to manage traffic during rains.
"I had to drive to my office in Sector 83. No cop was to be seen at traffic signals," said Dinesh Madan, a resident of Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.
Traffic signals also witnessed long traffic snarls.
"Anticipating heavy rush in Metro, I opted to drive to office from my home in Mayur Vihar. But because of poor traffic management in Noida, I took me two hours to cover a distance of 30 minutes," said SC Saha, employed with an MNC in Noida's Sector 125.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said services in Noida were disrupted only for an hour between 6am and 7am.