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Inundated roads, traffic woes in Noida after morning rain

Waterlogging at various underpasses in Noida blocked many roads and slowed down traffic.

noida Updated: Sep 02, 2018 02:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Noida
Rain,Waterlogging,Traffic woes
Vehicles navigate a waterlogged road near Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida on Saturday(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

After it rained through most of Saturday morning, several busy roads were waterlogged and congested with traffic. The rain also brought down the temperature in the city — it will continue to remain slightly lower for the next few days.

The maximum temperature on Saturday was 34 degrees Celsius while the minimum was three degrees lower than normal at 23.5 degrees Celsius.

The meteorological department has predicted a generally cloudy sky with moderate to light rain the coming week.

Apart from a three-day spell of heavy rain in the last week of July, this was the maximum amount of rainfall that Noida and Ghaziabad areas received this season, according to the meteorological department officials.

While traffic flow in the morning was lesser than usual since it was a weekend, waterlogging along many roads slowed vehicular movement.

All connecting roads between Noida and Delhi also saw heavy traffic.

Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) Flyway, Noida-Greater Noida Expressway as well as NH-24 had slow vehicular movement. Waterlogging was seen at the various underpasses in the city, blocking most roads.

“The underpass near Mamura was filled with water and it was difficult to drive, as vehicles were also breaking down on the stretch,” Ankit Singh, a resident of Sector 36, said.

Vehicular movement was also slow near Noida City Centre Metro station, Sector 49 crossing, Sector 18, Sector 121 and Kisan Chowk and the DND loop near Dalit Prerna Sthal. Roads around Dadri, Bhangel, Haldoni and Kulesra also saw traffic snarls in the morning.

“The volume of traffic is increasing every day and the current road design and strength of roundabouts is not enough to handle the increasing load of vehicles. We are trying to look at possible long-term solutions. Meanwhile, rains only temporarily slow down vehicular movement,” Anil Kumar Singh, superintendent of police (traffic), said.

While traffic lights became dysfunctional, new potholes were also reported by residents from different areas of the city.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 02:14 IST