Water stuck on roads,so was Delhi

Waterlogging,collapsed trees and cave-ins brought the city to a halt on Thursday morning. Continuous downpour through the day left the traffic stranded till the afternoon in several part of the city- especially South.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2010 2:39 am

Waterlogging,collapsed trees and cave-ins brought the city to a halt on Thursday morning. Continuous downpour through the day left the traffic stranded till the afternoon in several part of the city- especially South.

According to the Met office,the showers began at 8.45 am,during the morning peak hour. “I had left early today as I had to go to Chandni Chowk. It took two hours just to get to Pragati Maidan from where I intended to take the Metro. I got stuck on the BRT corridor and at Pragati Maidan,” said Aniruddh Kaushal, photographer.

The traffic police said despite diversions,spillovers from the ring roads brought the traffic to a complete standstill. “There were civil problems all over the city. At most places,movement was not possible and we had to wait for the water to recede before we could help commuters,” said Satyendra Garg,Joint Commissioner of Traffic.

Traffic authorities also blamed motorists for reducing road space by stopping under flyovers. “Vehicular movement was affected by many factors,one being the shrinking of road space due to people stopping midway on the roads,” said a traffic police officer.

Amitabh Sharma was stuck near Millennium Park for nearly an hour. “I left Patparganj at 11 am but had not reached Pragati Maidan even at 12.30 pm. Several cars had broken down,” said Sharma. Traffic was diverted from the Rajghat crossing on Ring Road towards Delhi Secretariat.

By evening,even though the drizzle had not stopped,traffic was ‘near normal’,the Traffic Police spokesperson said. “Water has receded in most parts of the city. There are some instances of jams but traffic is moving in most places,” the official added.

The central control room of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi received 106 complaints of waterlogging from across 12 municipal zones on Thursday. The MCD blamed the mess on the ongoing construction work,the dug-up roads and the now familiar issue of the drainage system not equipped to carry excessive water during heavy rains.

The worst affected areas were the central and the south zones. Over 30 complaints of waterlogging were reported from areas in the South zone,while the central zone registered 38 complaints. Several CWG venues like the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,Yamuna Sports Complex and the Games Village witnessed major waterlogging. There were 23 complaints of trees falling. “I admit that waterlogging is a problem. Most of the waterlogging spots are around those stretches where construction work is going on. We have set up pumps at many points,” said MCD standing committee chairperson Yogender Chandolia.

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