Delhi: Early morning rain leads to snarls, water logging, wall collapses
Delhi woke up to heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning, which led to major traffic snarls in many parts of the city.
Scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that heavy rain is likely to continue at least for the next two to three hours. The rain, however, spelt bad news for office-goers in the morning, who were caught in major traffic jams caused by waterlogged roads.
Delhi traffic police officials said that jams were reported from Dwarka Link Road, Barapullah, Dhaula Kuan, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Moti Bagh intersection, South Extension (Ring Road), Ashram intersection, Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway, Noida Link Road and Vikas Marg.
Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional weather forecasting centre, said that the axis of the monsoon will remain close to Delhi-NCR till Thursday. He said southwesterly winds from the Arabian sea and southeasterly winds from Bay of Bengal are also adding to moisture in this region.
“This spell is likely to continue till evening. We will get similar spells of heavy rain till Thursday,” he said.
Scientists also said that after Wednesday’s rain, the city is likely to make up for the 14% cumulative rainfall deficit that it has recorded this season, between June 1 and August 18.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s traffic continued to crawl at snail’s pace throughout Wednesday. Severe traffic jams were witnessed on Dhaula Kuan towards Gyarah Murti, Surajmal Marg, Bhairon Marg, near Sultanpur Metro station on MB Road, near Munirka Metro station, Sanjay T-point towards Rao Tula Ram Marg, Civil Lines police station towards Mall Road, Mathura Road, Chandgiram Akhara Road, Rani Jhansi Road and Mayur Vihar phase-2 underpass.
“Portions of roads were completely submerged in water, which slowed down vehicular movement on arterial stretches. Our officials were stationed to direct traffic, but in many areas, the situation was quite bad,” said a senior Delhi traffic police official, requesting anonymity.
Not only arterial roads, residential colonies were also inundated due to rains. Water entered colonies such as Krishna Nagar, parts of Amar Colony, Model Town, Prem Nagar in Kirari, Sant Nagar and Laxmi Vihar in Burari, Rajiv Nagar in Begampur among others.
“It doesn’t look like we are living in the national Capital. Every year we have to experience this pain of water logging. It’s been raining since morning and the streets of colonies are completely submerged in water. It’s because of choked drains and sewer lines. Agencies keep blaming each other but it’s the public that suffers,” said BS Vohra, a resident of Krishna Nagar and the president East Delhi RWAs Joint Front.
According to the Delhi traffic police and civic and road-owning agencies, water logging was reported at over 30 locations in the city.
Some of the prominent places where roads were inundated include BRT near Central school (both carriageways), Badarpur to Ashram, under Badarpur Flyover (both carriageway), under Sarita VIhar Flyover (both carriageways), Zakhira underpass, Dhaula Kuan towards AIIMS carriageway under Moti Bagh Flyover, MB Road near Batra Hospital (both carriageways), under Palam Flyover (both carriageways), Chhata Rail underbridge (both carriageways), Raja Garden, Rohtak Road.
The Public Works Department (PWD) and civic bodies maintained that adequate arrangements were in place and water accumulated on main roads and streets was being pumped out.
“Temporary pumps have been installed at waterlogged streets to clear roads. Our staff is in the field to constantly monitor and immediately address the water logging issues,” a senior PWD official said.
Due to water logging, commuters were stuck in traffic at Pul Prahladpur underpass, near Badarpur underpass, Ring Road near Sarai Kale Khan, Vikas Marg, Rohtak Road, Rohini among other areas.
The heavy downpour in the city also led to several walls and portions of buildings collapsing.
At least seven parked cars were badly damaged after a portion of the boundary wall of Apeejay School in south Delhi’s Saket J-block collapsed and fell due to the heavy rain around 11.30 am, said deputy commissioner of police (south) Atul Kumar Thakur. Nobody was hurt, he added.
Delhi Fire Services officials said that the fire control room received a call at 11.46 am and dispatched two rescue teams. “The debris removal operation is on,” said a fire officer from the control room.
In another incident, the fire control room received a call regarding a house collapse in outer Delhi’s Nangloi Extension around 10.30 am. Four fire tenders along with rescue teams reached there but found that only four-five tiles had fallen from the house. Nobody was injured, said a fire officer who had gone to the spot.
According to civic officials, at least 10 incidents of wall or building collapse were reported till the afternoon. Around seven trees have fallen due to the rain.