August 1, 2012 2:37:22 am
If something was to soothe the tempers of a powerless Delhi,it was the scattered rainfall that made West Delhi record this monsoons highest rainfall at 56.8 mm on Tuesday morning,at the Palam Met office. A total of 15 mm rainfall was recorded at Safdarjung.
But it was also the rainfall that resulted in a traffic nightmare on city roads,with more than 40 stretches reporting long jams.
The rain water from NH8 and Mahipalpur entered the Commercial Project Development (CPD) area (also known as Aerocity Hospitality District). This overflowed on to the road near the tunnel on Northern Access Road,partially flooding road, a spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Limited said.
A huge pile-up was reported from the underpass on Northern Access Road. Only two lanes on the carriageway going towards T3 and one lane on the carriageway from T3 were opened to traffic by 6 pm.
In a cascading effect,the NH8 flyover was also jammed. The traffic on this stretch became very heavy and difficult to handle. The stretch was finally decongested with the co-operation of toll authorities, a traffic official said.
The power cut around 1 pm,due to failure in Northern Grid,added to the chaos on roads as traffic signals stopped functioning.
Rain and waterlogged roads had already slowed traffic movement,the grid failure added to it and there was chaos reported from all arterial stretches across the Capital, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.
Shrini Rao,a commuter,said: How I wish I was in West Bengal,at least I would not be stuck in a traffic jam like this. Their CM has declared a holiday following the grid failure. Its been more than 40 minutes and my car has not moved an inch and I have to fetch my sister from school.
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