For second day,rain swamps South Delhi

With continuous rain lashing the city on Tuesday,it was a repeat of Monday’s evening rush-hour nightmare.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 12:58:02 am

With continuous rain lashing the city on Tuesday,it was a repeat of Monday’s evening rush-hour nightmare.

Inundated roads had traffic crawling in many parts,even as commuters — especially two-wheeler riders — ran helter-skelter looking for a shelter from the downpour.

Commuters had a tough time negotiating the roads in South and East Delhi as most arterial roads were water-logged.

Ring Road,the BRT corridor,Greater Kailash,South-Extension I &II,Model Town Ashram flyover and Delhi Gate witnessed gridlocks during the evening rush hour.

Water-logging and traffic jams were also reported from Connaught Place,Defence Colony,Laxmi Nagar,ITO,Lala Lajpat Rai Marg,Yusuf Sarai,Hauz Khas,Adchini,Khanpur,and Saket,among other places.

Many were stranded on roads as cars broke down on water-logged roads.

Traffic personnel said the stretch from MG Road to Saket was choked for over four hours. Low-floor buses broke down between Mehrauli to Mahipalpur,causing jams. Both carriageways of Aurobindo Road were blocked till late evening,traffic personnel said.

Addressing questions on water-logging,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said water-logging happens every year and “people in Delhi will have to learn how to deal with the delay of an hour on the roads”.

But commuters had a different view. “Traffic comes to a halt with every bout of rain. This isn’t just about people getting to their homes or offices. There can be ambulances stuck in the jam. Government should take the matter more seriously,” a commuter said.

Alisha Kanwar going from Lajpat Nagar to Dhaula Kuan said it took her about 2 hours to reach her destination. “Traffic was moving at a snail’s place in many places,” she said.

Around 29 calls of water-logging,17 of trees falling and four of structure collapses were received at the central control room of the three municipal bodies.

Met department said the showers are likely to continue in the coming days and will recede only after September 2.

The city recorded about 43 mm of rainfall over the last 24 hours,Met officials said. Delhi has received 304.9 mm of rains this August. This is 30 per cent more than the normal quota of rain for the month,weatherman said. The rain deficit has been brought down from 43 per cent to 19 per cent.

Maximum temperature in the city was 31.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday,while the minimum stood at 25.3 degrees Celsius.

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