Traffic jam and waterlogging welcome US Secretary of State John Kerry to New Delhi; Twitter can’t stop trolling

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 10:12 AM

Heavy rains lashed the capital on Monday evening due to which his convoy got stuck near Teen Murti Marg.

kerry-reu-LKerry is in Delhi to attend the dialogue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (Reuters)

Waterlogging and traffic jams on Monday welcomed the US Secretary of State John Kerry. He and his convoy were stuck in a huge traffic jam due to waterlogging. Heavy rains lashed the capital on Monday evening due to which his convoy got stuck near Teen Murti Marg. As per sources, his hotel is approximately 13 km from Terminal 3 of IGI Airport. While on a usual day it takes 20 minutes to cover that distance, yesterday, Kerry’s convoy took over two hours to reach the hotel.

Meanwhile, fellow commuters had a rough time dealing with the traffic hurl and Kerry’s heavy security arrangements. VIP route arrangements took up an entire flank of the roads between Palam and the hotel in the NDMC hotel.

Bloomberg News foreign policy reporter Nicholas Wadhams, who was also a part of his convoy tweeted a picture of the traffic jam, saying that Kerry;s convoy is stuck in traffic like others in New Delhi.

Soon after his tweet, John Kerry’s traffic woes became a trend on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions:

Traffic police, however, refused to comment on the arrangements they made for Kerry and the areas in which his motorcade encountered snarls. “We will not reveal where the foreign officials will be staying or any details regarding the route their motorcade took for security reasons,” said Special Commissioner (Traffic) Sandeep Goel.
Kerry is in Delhi to attend the dialogue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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