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Traffic jams in Delhi and Gurgaon after heavy rains, many schools closed

Heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning was reported around Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, Teen Murti Bhavan and RK Puram, among other areas.

delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2018 15:31 IST
HT Correspondent
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Traffic jam on Nizammudin bridge in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Delhi woke up to waterlogged streets and traffic jams after heavy rains hit several parts of the city as well as its surrounding areas in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Heavy rain accompanied by lightning was reported around the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Teen Murti Bhavan and RK Puram, among other areas in the city. While a few schools in neighbouring Gurgaon gave students the day off due to bad weather, educational institutions in waterlogged areas like Dwarka closed early.

Delhi received 49.6 mm rainfall since Monday, causing several areas in Dhaula Kuan and Palam Mod to become waterlogged. A few commuters had a narrow escape after a tree crashed on a bus shelter near Connaught Place around 7.30 am.

The Delhi Traffic Police put out several alerts on Twitter after vehicular movement was affected due to flooding during rush hour. People heading towards the busy Delhi-Jaipur-Mumbai highway also encountered traffic congestion.

“Our team is trying to make the traffic movement smoother,” Gurgaon assistant commissioner of police Heera Singh told news agency IANS.

Hundreds of Delhi Metro commuters were also stranded at several stations across its network on Tuesday morning due to rains hindering periodic maintenance of locomotives. Commuters said the train arrived at intervals stretching between 15 to 30 minutes, and all the coaches were packed with passengers.

“Due to some planned periodic maintenance by the track department in the night gone by, temporary speed restrictions have been imposed on the up line between Subhash Nagar and Tilak Nagar stations (going towards Dwarka),” ANI quoted a Metro official as saying. “Maintenance work usually happens at night, but the rains did not allow to finish it within the deadline.”

The Blue Line (Dwarka-Noida City Centre/Vaishali route) is expected to witness delays through the day, he added.

The India Meteorological Department had earlier predicted heavy rain at isolated places in Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, sub-­Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Konkan, Goa, Telangana and coastal Karnataka on Tuesday.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 06:39 IST