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Rain lashes parts of Delhi-NCR, waterlogging in many areas

As per the IMD, thunderstorms with light to moderate rainfall would continue over the next two hours in parts of Delhi, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, and Noida.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 27, 2021 10:48:56 pm
People take refuge under a traffic junction from rain at the Raisina hills in New Delhi (AP/File)

Parts of Delhi-NCR witnessed morning showers and thunder on Tuesday, offering some respite from the humidity. Moderate rainfall and overcast skies are on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast for the day.

As per the IMD, thunderstorms with light to moderate rainfall would continue over the next two hours in parts of Delhi, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, and Noida.

A maximum temperature of 30 degrees Celsius is likely for the day, with the minimum at 25 degrees Celsius. The IMD predicts a slight dip in temperature over the next two days with the maximum temperature likely to fall below 30 degrees Celsius.

The Lodi Road station of the IMD recorded 86.8 mm of rainfall between 5.30 p.m. on Monday and 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday. The corresponding figure for the station at the ridge was 38.2 mm, while the Aya Nagar station logged 069.8 mm. The Safdarjung station registered 100 mm of rainfall between 5.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. today.

Waterlogging reported in many areas

Some of the stretches and areas where waterlogging was seen included Dhaula Kuan, Mathura Road, Moti Bagh, Vikas Marg, Ring Road, Rohtak Road, Sangam Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan, Delhi Cantonment, and Alaknanda area.

A Twitter used also reported a road cave on Westend Marg, Garden of Five Senses Road beside Saket Metro Station. The road near Saket Metro Station was also flooded with more than knee-deep water.

Vehicular movement was also affected due to waterlogging following heavy rainfall in South Delhi’s Alaknanda area. Auto-rickshaw drivers have to push their vehicles and cars broke down on some of these stretches including Delhi’s Pragati Maidan and Mathura road further slowing down the traffic.

With this, the claims of desilting of drains by civic agencies were exposed yet again. The three bodies — North, East, and South MCD manage over 400km of small and medium drains along its roads and in residential colonies while the major bigger drains are mostly managed by the Delhi government PWD. The PWD which has 1,260 km of roads under its jurisdiction had earlier said that over 90 per cent of desilting work is done. The MCD officials had also claimed that they would complete desilting by May-June.

Traffic snarls across various parts

Traffic police had issued an alert stating that routes from Badarpur to Delhi and MB road to Badarpur, have been closed due to waterlogging on Prahladpur underpass. The PWD has registered a complaint regarding this. A senior PWD official said officers are expected to resolve the issue and then update it on the database. “In a few cases, additional pumps need to be deployed. In other cases such as those of plastic bags blocking drains, staff is sent to resolve the issue.”

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