Monsoon finally kept its date with Delhi on Monday. By 10.30 pm,the Safdarjung Meteorological Department recorded 125 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours the highest since 2006.
And it poured in the evening,with 69 mm rain recorded in just four hours.
The result: the city came to a standstill as several areas reported waterlogging.
At the airport,only one runway was functioning as visibility dropped,forcing authorities to divert incoming flights to other domestic destinations.
Roads Under water
With the rain not letting up even late evening,peak-hour-like traffic jams were reported from many areas well past 10 pm. It took me nearly two hours to get from Safdarjung Enclave to CR Park, Amrita Virdi,26,said. The traffic lights were not functioning at most junctions and people had to get off their cars and manage traffic.
The intersections at India Gate were closed as many cars broke down. There was not an inch to move so we were forced to divert the traffic, Joint Commissioner (Traffic) S N Shrivastava said. As it kept pouring,many cars broke down and the unruly behaviour of drivers made matters worse.
At many places,people were driving on the wrong side.
Many low-lying residential areas in South Delhi were meanwhile flooded. There was knee-deep water in our living room when we reached home from work, New Friends Colony resident Ishita Aggrawal said. Television networks were down in our area,as they were many localities in South Delhi.
She said,Since the roads are flooded,all the water is coming into houses here.
Rakesh Gupta,a software engineer who lives in the area,said,Both sides of Friends Colony got flooded since Mathura Road is slightly elevated. When I reached home people were stuck in knee-deep water on the roads.
Maharani Bagh resident Shilpa Arora said ground floors of residential plots in the area had flooded. The sewer water has mixed with drinking water due to the flooding, she said.
IGI Under The Weather
At the Indira Gandhi International Airport,the roof of the new Rs 500-crore domestic terminal 1D was reported to be leaking at several spots. There were also reports of leakage at several spots at domestic arrival terminal 1C.
According to officials,flights could not take off nor land as Runway 29 was shut down as visibility dipped as low as 700 metres.
R K Jenamani,director in-charge,IGI Met Department,said: This is the first heavy rains since the new terminal was inaugurated.
While 69 mm rainfall was recorded at Safdarjung,the rain was not that heavy at the airport; 39 mm was recorded at Palam.
But it was a bad day,he said,as only one runway was working.
Arvind Krishnan Iyer,a passenger stranded at IGI,said it was a herculean task to find taxis. I waited for almost two hours and then called up my father he came from Mayur Vihar to pick me up.
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