Cops deploy more boots on ground in Delhi after rains brings traffic to a crawl
A day after the city received over 100mm rainfall in just a three-hour span, which left roads inundated and traffic to a standstill, the Delhi traffic police department on Wednesday deployed all “boots on the ground” to ensure movement was managed efficiently. Though parts of the city saw snarls, especially immediately after the early morning showers, traffic officials said that the situation was “better compared to Tuesday”.
Senior officials on Wednesday said strict directions were issued to all traffic circles to ensure more personnel were deployed to ensure smoother movement and to minimise snarls on arterial stretches.
Traffic police chief Muktesh Chander after serpentine snarls on Tuesday around central Delhi after a DTC bus broke down on Red Cross Road, slowing traffic to a crawl around Parliament, where the monsoon session is underway. Officials said that Chander issued special instructions to ensure maximum deployment, especially during rainy days, to avoid a repeat of Tuesday’s scenario.
“All circles were also asked to present accounts of the traffic situation in their areas every three hours. They were also asked to coordinate with other government agencies in the event of cave-ins and bus breakdowns, to clear passageways as soon as possible,” a traffic official said.
Even though fewer traffic snarls were reported on Wednesday, it is important to note that Delhi’s Safdarjung weather station — data from which is considered representative for the city — recorded only 4.1mm rainfall till 5.30pm on Wednesday, as opposed to over 100mm of rain recorded in three hours, between 5.30am and 8.30am, on Tuesday. This meant that roads were relatively clear of water logging. However, instances of vehicle breakdowns and road cave-ins were recorded from parts of the city.
Traffic police said that after the rain on Wednesday, a portion of Shahjahan Road near Jamnagar House caved in, after which the area was cordoned off and traffic movement was allowed only on a single carriageway.
“The portion of the road has been temporarily fixed and traffic was being allowed here through the day,” the traffic department said.
Snarls were also reported from Newada, Ashok Vihar, Dhaula Kuan, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) flyover, Ring Road (near Bhikaji Cama Place, South Extension, Defence Colony and Lajpat Nagar), Rajouri Garden, Dwarka Mor and Palam flyover.