By Sunday evening, Delhi had recorded over 1.8 mm of rainfall. While this brought some relief from the heat, it was also enough to throw traffic movement completely out of gear as waterlogging lead to massive snarls.
According to Traffic police, the area near the Andrews Ganj flyover was among the worst affected. Traffic came to a complete standstill due to waterlogging beneath the flyover. A road cave-in near the Saket court stopped traffic for a few hours in the morning, while Aurobindo Marg remained packed till late evening due to waterlogging of up to 2 ft, said officials.
The Outer Ring Road, particularly near IIT, saw a traffic snarl due to waterlogging at Katwaria Sarai and Aurobindo Marg. The situation grew worse later in the evening after a DTC bus broke down on the BRT corridor.
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A senior traffic officer said, “Though the day saw heavy rainfall, it was not of the kind which brought the city to a halt. Being a Sunday, there were no office-goers. Also, there were few vehicles venturing out on the roads because of the rain. However, traffic was disrupted on the Palam road when the Prime Minister’s cavalcade drove down to the airport earlier in the day.”
Many commuters, who had presumed that traffic would be minimal on a holiday, were left fuming. “How can we call Delhi a world-class city when traffic cease to move after a little rain?… The kind of waterlogging we saw everywhere is absolutely unacceptable,” said Parivartan Kumar, a resident of Vasant Vihar. He said that it took him three hours to drive from his home to Noida Sector 16.
Officials from the Public Works Department and the municipal corporation claimed that desilting of drains had been conducted by them prior to the monsoon. They claimed that waterlogging in some areas were minor cases. “…Complaints were received from parts of the city where some construction work of metro lines or roads have been taking place. Keeping in view the amount of rainfall that Delhi has received in the past few weeks, we have managed to handle the situation,” a senior corporation official said.