Rain brings down mercury level in Noida but brings traffic to halt
After a brief drizzle for an hour, there was a mild spell of rain around 8am that continued through the day, till around 7pm. Traffic came to a halt and pedestrians ran for shelter.noida Updated: Sep 22, 2017 21:18 IST
Though continuous downpour from morning to evening on Friday brought relief from the sweltering heat, it left traffic moving at a snail’s pace across the city.
After a brief drizzle for an hour, there was a mild spell of rain around 8am that continued through the day, till around 7pm. Traffic came to a halt and pedestrians ran for shelter.
The worst affected spots include Sector 18, Atta, Sector 71 intersection, Sector 67 block A intersection, Mamura Chowk, Labour Chowk, Vijay Chowk, DM Chowk, NH-24 and Sector 12-22, among others.
Traffic moved slow on major roads such as the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway and Noida-Delhi Link Road as well. Long snarls were witnessed during the evening rush hour, due to the rush of commuters heading towards Delhi.
Bikers were seen taking shelter under flyovers, which also blocked a major portion of the road and slowed traffic movement.
Traffic police inspector Layak Singh said that breakdown of an SUV near Budh Prerna Sthal and waterlogging near at the start of the DND Flyway hampered vehicular movement for a while.
“A Delhi vehicle broke down near Dalit Prerna Sthal on the Delhi-Noida Link Road. We then moved it to the corner of the road. Traffic movement was smoother in the evening, as compared to the morning hours, especially in areas such as Sector 71 intersection,” said Singh.
The rainfall also resulted in waterlogging at several places in the city including sectors 6, 8, 12, 63, Mamura and Labour Chowk.
Waterlogging in block C of Sector 63, sectors 64, 67 and adjoining areas disrupted traffic movement.
A Twitter user, Dipalay Dey, who was in Noida posted, “All wet at Noida! what a heavy rainy day today. #Noida But also said that due to lack of drainage system roads flooded creating hurdles (sic).”
A minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius was recorded on Friday. The precipitation level was recorded at 94% and humidity was at 100%.
More spells of rain have been predicted for Saturday as well.
Many residents chose to remain indoors and enjoy the cool weather. “It was nice to have my family spend the day in the house. The rain did not let anyone go to work, which was a welcome change,” said Stuti, a resident of Sector 20, Noida.