Road cave-in at India Gate hits traffic, abrupt Delhi metro stops add to chaos
A part of the road caved in at India Gate’s C-Hexagon bringing the traffic to a crawl during peak hours. Troubles for office-goers compounded as Blue line trains were run at regulated speeding increasing travel time during peak hours.delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2017 14:29 IST
Heavy traffic around India Gate and slow metro movement gave office-goers a tough time during the peak hours on Wednesday.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported from India Gate’s C-Hexagon after a part of the road caved in affecting vehicular movement. The police imposed traffic restrictions, which resulted in a ripple effect as other arterial roads like Tilak Marg and Ashoka road too saw major jams.
Irritated over the situation, motorists took to Twitter to get the traffic jam cleared. “ @DelhiTrafficPol are you guys sleeping at work today? Massive traffic jams at and around India Gate,” wrote Pulkit.
The traffic police also alerted people using the same medium and wrote, “Traffic is heavy in the carriageway from C-Hexagon towards Akbar Road due to potholes near C-Hexagon.”
Things were no better for those who chose the metro over driving to work. The busy Blue Line of the metro that connects Noida and Ghaziabad with Dwarka had trains running making unscheduled stops. Although an official statement from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is awaited, people complained of trains running later than schedule.
“I travel from Vaishali to Barakhamba station every day. While usually it takes 25 minutes, today the same metro ride took me 50 minutes,” said Devesh Tripathy, a daily commuter.
Another commuter said the metro waited at Yamuna Bank for over 15 minutes and even after that moved slowly.