Downpour brings Noida traffic to a crawl
As traffic went out of gear, pumps were pressed into service to drain out rainwaterUpdated: Aug 07, 2017 22:22 IST
Fresh monsoon showers on Monday afternoon left the city flooded and several roads, including Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, were submerged leading to snarls and hassle for commuters. Vehicular movement was affected till late evening hours and a semblance of order could only be restored after the water level started receding on its own. Prompt action by the authorities, too, helped in restoring normal traffic flow.
The rains started at 1.30pm and continued till 3.30pm, leaving areas such as Dalit Prerna Sthal, Botanic Garden, Sector 18 market, Sector 63, Sector 78, Labour Chowk, Mahamaya flyover underpass waterlogged. As the situation worsened and traffic went out of gear, pumps were pressed into service to clear rainwater from the roads.
Locals said that while the Noida authority have already identified areas that are waterlogged, it has failed to resolve the problem and relieve commuters. “The stretch near Dalit Prerna Sthal creates a major hurdle whenever it rains. Every monsoon, we face extensive waterlogging. The authority has yet to find a way out of it. There’s just no other way of draining out rainwater and pumps have to be pressed into service,” Robin Chadha, a commuter, said.
Residents said the Noida authority has been found wanting in cleaning the stormwater drains. These drains were supposed to be desilted much before the start of the monsoon, he added.
The Noida traffic police took to its Twitter handle and sent out advisories, asking people to avoid the waterlogged areas. It also advised commuters to take alternate routes to reach their destinations.
Traffic inspector, Layak Singh, said, “Traffic police personnel were present at the affected spots, but could not restore normal flow of vehicles because of the flooding. A car even got stuck under Mahamaya flyover and remained there for more than an hour.”
He said that the Mahamya flyover and loop that goes towards DND were badly affected as, vehicles lined up bumper to bumper.
The sector 18 market that saw visitors in large numbers because of Rakshabandhan was badly hit, as rainwater seeped into shops and other establishments.
Hundreds of bikers scrambled to the nearest bus stand to take shelter from the heavy rain.
“I stay in Noida’s Sector 37 and the downpour continued for at least two hours in the afternoon. Although it brought relief from the sweltering heat, waterlogging threw traffic out of gear,” Abhinav Mishra, a Noida resident, said.
However, the heavy rain brought the mercury down to 29°C from a maximum of 31°C on Monday. The Met office said the city recorded a minimum temperature of 27°C on the day. Weathermen also predicted more showers on Tuesday and Wednesday.
First Published: Aug 07, 2017 22:22 IST