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Delhi rain brings along cheer and chaos

Heavy rain lashed the city bringing down temperatures, but causing huge hassles for office goers.
None | By Indo-Asian News Service, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2006 12:55 PM IST

Heavy rain lashed the city bringing down temperatures, but causing huge hassles for everybody, particularly office-goers.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the national capital received 32.4 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 11 am on Wednesday, totalling 74 mm rainfall since Tuesday morning.

The met office has predicted cloudy conditions till Friday evening.

"The Capital will experience partially cloudy skies coupled with a few spells of showers over the next three days. There may be thundershowers towards Wednesday evening," said an official, adding that the day temperature would hover between 32-34 degrees Celsius.

"The rain is certainly a relief from the unbearable humidity and oppressive heat. For the last two days there were severe power cuts. We hope that the morning rains will bring some respite," said SN Gupta, a resident of east Delhi.

But the cheer was only one side of the story.

Waterlogging on several roads led to traffic snarls in many arterial roads and major crossings like ITO, Nizamuddin bridge, South Extension, Tolstoy Marg, Lajpat Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Saket.

"The government has not cleaned the drains. Water is overflowing on the roads and creating a terrible situation for commuters. Civic bodies are not bothered at all about our complaints. The whole colony gets flooded within an hour," said an irate Anujeet Ghosh from Malviya Nagar.

"It took me nearly two-and-a-half hours to reach Dhaula Kuan from Mayur Vihar, triple the time it normally takes," added a frustrated Rohit Tiwari.

"The civic bodies should take care of the city drains and develop modalities to drain water effectively."

Some days ago, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had admitted that 70 per cent of the drains in the capital needed remodelling.

"A majority of the drains in Delhi are too old to handle the monsoon and they need to be widened further. As per our estimate, over 70 per cent of the drains need to be remodelled as soon as possible," Anil Prakash, MCD director-in-chief of the department of environment management service, said.

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