It took some 70 mm of rain to wash away the MCD’s tall claims about having desilted all its storm water drains in preparation for monsoon.
The downpour also meant power connection to all petrol pumps in Connaught Place were snapped, leading to their early closure.
Delhi under water
Low lying areas witnessed water logging that worsened the snarls further and forced pedestrians to vie for space on the roads with the stuttering four-wheelers.
Delhiites might have enjoyed the heavy rain on Monday, but commuters found it a harrowing affair with waterlogging leading to massive traffic jams all across the city. The civic body had claimed it had completed desilting of all 1,500-storm water drains under it.
With rains lashing the city for over eight hours, waterlogging came back to haunt Delhiites. Despite this, the civic body’s central control room reported receiving only 12 complaints of waterlogging till 9 p.m. which included Chattarsal Stadium, Model Town, near Azadpur bus stand, near Munirka subway and DDA flats, pocket-1 and Sector-3, Dwarka.
However, massive waterlogging was reported from Daryaganj, ITO, AIIMS, Moolchand, Khan Market, KG Marg, Connaught Place, Tilak Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Sarita Vihar, Okhla, Kalkaji, New Friends Colony, Ashram, Vikas Marg, Dhaula Kuan, Dilshad Garden.
The MCD had employed their own staff to carry out desilting of drains this year. They had begun desilting since September 2008, and had also said they would continue with it throughout the year.
The civic body claimed it has saved Rs 120 crore by carrying out desilting work through its own employees. It had also identified 120 vulnerable points all across the city.
The civic body had also received two complaints of falling of trees from Pocket-D-2, Kondli, Mayur Vihar, Phase-III and main road Jasola Vihar.
A complaint of wall collapse from Mahinder Park, Jahangirpuri, near Petrol Pump was also received.
Stranded in traffic
“It took me an hour to reach East Arjun Nagar from my office in Laxmi Nagar. The jam was bad. The waterlogging had made matters worse,” said Abhay Sinha, a chartered accountant working in Laxmi Nagar in East Delhi.
Though not as bad as Mumbai, but vehicles in the city were moving at a snail's pace and long queues were visible on National Highway 8 from Mahipalpur to Dhaula Kuan, Outer Ring Road in South Delhi, Nehru Place, Apsara Border, Bhairon Road, Mathura Road, Lajpat Nagar, India Gate and the entire stretch of Ring Road from Rajghat to GT Karnal Road bypass.
Water inside houses
A number of residents claimed that rainwater made its way into their homes, too.
“All the storm water drains were blocked. This resulted in water getting inside the ground floor houses. Both the internal and the main roads were filled with water,” said DM Narang, from New Rajinder Nagar.
At IGI, many flights delayed
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport witnessed flight delays and air traffic congestion due to bad weather on Monday evening.
“There is acute congestion since evening due to heavy rainfall and bad weather. Pilots are finding it difficult to land aircraft due the rain,” said a senior air traffic controller, who didn't give his name, as he is not authorized to talk to media.
“Most aircrafts are hovering above the aircraft instead of landing. We would have to divert some aircraft to nearby airports if congestion remains the same,” he said.
Sources at the airport said there was some leakage at the domestic departure terminal 1D after it rained heavily.