US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to three religious sites in Delhi cancelled as heavy rains lash the national capital, according to American Embassy sources. Kerry was stuck in a traffic jam due to the rains for an hour on Monday as well. Kerry was scheduled on Wednesday to visit Sheesh Ganj Gurdwara, Gauri Shankar Temple at Chandni Chowk and also Jama Masjid. His plans to visit a temple, a gurudwara and mosques come at a time when recently Washington had expressed its concerns over ‘growing religious intolerance’ in the country.
The chaos caused by rain-induced traffic on the NCR roads had halted John Kerry’s convoy on Monday for an hour. According to agency reports, Kerry’s convoy was stuck at Satya Marg, while senior traffic officials had to go to the spot to clear the traffic. Apart from the waterlogging being the reason for the traffic jams, there was also a VVIP route made for the Myanmar President which caused the spillover to spread. There was no separate route for Kerry, as VVIP routes are cleared only for country premiers. This has also brought to the fore the embarrassment when Secretary of State visits the country and has to get stuck in the national capital because of rains. Apart from that, the woes of the commuters when apart from the usual traffic jam, a VVIP route adds to the problem.
As Kerry might not have expected a stuck-in-traffic kind of a welcome, and as the city comes to a standstill, it remains to be seen when the national capital’s multiple civic bodies or the central government, will take note of it and take immediate actions.