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Commuters brave crawling traffic, water-logged streets

What added to the trouble was that the traffic signals were not working due to loss of electric supply.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: November 24, 2015 4:36:25 am
water logging, puen water logging, pune traffic, pune water logging traffic, pune news Commuters wade through water near Pune railway station after a heavy downpour on Monday. (Arul Horizon)

THE HEAVY rainfall brought traffic to a complete standstill, leaving residents worried about how they would reach home on Monday evening. All the arterial roads, main streets, tertiary roads saw slow-moving traffic, and roads in the heart of the city and old city areas saw maximum traffic jams.

What added to the trouble was that the traffic signals were not working due to loss of electric supply.

Jams were reported in traffic bottlenecks such as Wakdewadi Subway, Maladhakka Chowk, Spicer College as well as busy roads such as Wellesley Road, University Road, Jangli Maharaj Road, Karve Road. The traffic was slow moving on S B Road, Congress Bhavan Road, FC Road, East Street, among others in the old city areas.

Waterlogging could be seen on several roads including J M Road, entire Pune Station area, Mhasoba Gate Chowk. Several subways were flooded where pedestrians were seen walking in knee-deep water.

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“We have been receiving complaints about jams and slow-moving traffic from several areas since Monday morning. The number went up in the evening during the office closing hours. It’s expected during such heavy rains,” said a cop manning the traffic control room. Raj Yadav, who works as a cook at a restaurant in Deep Bunglow Chowk, said that situation was particularly terrible near the Pune Railway Station.

“I was returning from Lonavala by local. The moment I stepped out the station I saw that the entire area was flooded. I somehow waded through the water and managed to get an autorickshaw. It took me 45 minutes to complete the journey which otherwise takes 15 minutes,” said Yadav.

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