Heavy rains lashed the capital Monday evening, leaving several areas waterlogged and reeling under heavy traffic snarls for the second time this month.
According to officials, central and south Delhi were affected the most. Traffic snarls were reported from several parts of central Delhi such as Connaught Place, Outer Ring Road, Old Delhi, Rajender Nagar and ITO.
Areas such as Dhaula Kuan, Lajpat Nagar, C R Park, Jahangirpuri, Sarojini Nagar, R K Puram, Tughlak Road, IIT flyover and Mathura on the Tigri border, Outer Ring road to AIIMS, Jangpura and Moti Bagh in south Delhi also saw heavy waterlogging and slow-moving traffic.
With Monday being the first working day of the week, the situation was further aggravated by the number of vehicles plying on all major roads. Heavy traffic was also reported from major carriageways due to waterlogging.
Commuters who were heading home via the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway were also stuck in a massive traffic snarl due to waterlogging.
In west and central Delhi, traffic congestion was reported from Nangloi, Mundka, Anand Parbat and Mayapuri. Both carriageways on Shankar Road, DCM Chowk and Hyatt Hotel towards Moti Bagh also saw heavy traffic.
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According to officials, commuters took over an hour to cross the stretch between Rajghat and ITO. In NDMC areas such as Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Bhairon Singh Marg, commuters were seen wading through knee-deep water.
Showers also left areas such as Ramlila Maidan, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, Minto Bridge, Bhairon Marg and Indraprastha waterlogged on Monday morning.
Traffic police deployed extra personnel to manage traffic, with special arrangements being made for US diplomat John Kerry’s visit to India.
“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).
Harried commuters, meanwhile, took to social media to give vent to their frustration.
“Crossed Ashram red light in one hr. Distance of few seconds #DelhiRains,” tweeted one commuter. Another tweet at 8 pm read, “Haven’t moved more than 2 kms since 5 pm near Moti Bagh. What a harassing experience.”
Some had a laugh. “An hour of #DelhiRains and pools all over. Those who crib about lack of sports infrastructure in India should be made to swim in them,” @babumoshoy tweeted. (with PTI inputs)