Heavy rains cause severe traffic congestion in Delhi

By: | Published: August 30, 2016 2:57 AM

Commuters had a harrowing time as vehicular traffic crawled on roads clogged with long tailbacks after the city received 15.2 mm rainfall.

Commuters had a harrowing time as vehicular traffic crawled on roads clogged with long tailbacks after the city received 15.2 mm rainfall (Representative Image)Commuters had a harrowing time as vehicular traffic crawled on roads clogged with long tailbacks after the city received 15.2 mm rainfall (Representative Image)

Delhi crawled under massive traffic jams due to water-logging with motorists stuck on roads after a spell of showers in the national capital today.

Commuters had a harrowing time as vehicular traffic crawled on roads clogged with long tailbacks after the city received 15.2 mm rainfall.

Vehicular movement was affected across the city, including at ITO, Vikas Marg, South Extension, Khanpur, Mahipalpur, Hari Nagar, IIT crossing, Nehru Place, Yusuf Sarai Market and Munirka.

Traffic also crawled at various major intersections such as Laxmi Nagar, Kashmere Gate, Dwarka, Dhaula Kuan, Sarai Kale Khan, Moolchand, Karkarduma, Rajghat, Kalindi Kunj.

“We received over 150 calls about waterlogging and heavy traffic in different parts of the city. There were over 50 waterlogging points that hampered traffic movement,” said Sandeep Goel, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

The problem was further aggravated due to a large number of vehicles, today being the first working day of the week. Heavy traffic was reported on almost all major carriageways due to waterlogging.

“It usually takes 35 minutes for me to reach my home in Laxmi Nagar from my office in Connaught Place, but today I got stuck in miles-long traffic jams for three hours. The traffic situation was serious at ITO and Laxmi Nagar flyover,” Manoj Gupta, a software engineer, said.

Severe waterlogging was also reported on stretches at Mathura Road, Vayusenabad, Wazirabad Road and Tigri on Mehrauli Badarpur Road.

Commuters were barely able to move as M G road, Mayapuri, Nigam Bodh Ghat, Kela Ghat, Durga Puri Chowk and Mandoli T-Point were jam-packed due to waterlogging.

Heavy traffic and bottlenecks were also witnessed on stretches from Outer Ring Road to Subroto Park, Lajpat Nagar to Jangpura, AIIMS and Moti Bagh.

Late in the evening, waterlogging reports also came from Ramlila Ground, Gurunanak Chowk, Sarai Kale Khan, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg, Minto Bridge, Bhairon Marg and Indraprastha.

Other parts of the city which witnessed a chock-a-block situation include Nangloi, Mundka, Anand Parbath and Shanti Path. Both carriageways on Shankar Road, DCM Chowk and Hyatt Hotel towards Moti Bagh also faced heavy traffic.

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