Heavy rain in Noida and Ghaziabad on Monday evening resulted in long traffic jams in Ghaziabad and waterlogged roads in Noida. According to traffic officials, rain during the peak hours between 5.30 pm and 8 pm resulted in traffic congestion.
Heavy waterlogging was witnessed in Mohan Nagar, Sahibabad, Vasundhara and Vaishali areas in Ghaziabad within an hour of rain.
“Being a holiday on account of Sawan Shivratri, the traffic flow was relatively less for a Monday. Until 5 pm, traffic movement was light, but after half an hour of rain, all internal roads were congested,” said Anil Kumar, traffic inspector, Ghaziabad.
He said heavy traffic was witnessed in Surya Nagar, Mohan Nagar Link Road and CISF Road areas. “Traffic constables were deployed at busy intersections on NH-24 to streamline traffic. Mohan Nagar intersection was completely waterlogged, resulting in heavy traffic jams. Underpasses connecting Indirapuram and Noida were also congested and waterlogged,” said Kumar.
According to commuters, traffic signals on various intersections of NH-24 were not working.
“Although traffic constables are deployed at all intersections on the highway, traffic signals on most intersections do not work. Traffic lights at Chijjarsi, Vijaynagar and Crossing Republik exits do not work, which leads to increased congestion on the intersections,” said Ankur Malik, a commuter from Crossings Republik township. Residents also complained of waterlogging in various localities.
“After just an hour of rain, our streets were filled with knee-deep water. The water, mixed with sewage, has now started entering ground-floor houses and is emanating a stench,” said Ruchi Srivastava of Sector 16, Vasundhara.
In Noida, heavy downpour from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm hit traffic. There was no relief from waterlogged roads till 10 pm and hardly any major road saw smooth vehicular movement. During the day too, roads were choked between 8 am and 12 pm due to dysfunctional traffic signals and diversions enforced due to Kanwaria movement. As NH-58 was out of bounds, traffic diverted to NH-24 compounded problems. To avoid NH-24, a large number of commuters used the city’s internal roads, overburdening them.
The Noida-Greater Noida expressway was also waterlogged at two points. “Heavy rain caused waterlogging near DND Flyover and where the Sector 18 road meets the expressway.
Many areas in sectors 62 and 63 were also waterlogged, leading to traffic jams,” said Dharmendra Singh Yadav, traffic inspector, Noida.
A commuter, Raghav Thakur, said, “It was an ordeal. It took me nearly two hours to cover one and half kilometres from C block in Sector 63 to Mamura Chowk. The roads in C block were full of water. Pedestrians could be seen wading through water eight to 10 inches deep. Some commuters were seen pushing vehicles that had broken down due to rainwater.”