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Downpour, and the long drive home

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 - 12:29pm IST | Agency: dna

After a dry spell, city witnesses sudden rains, causing massive traffic snarls on major roads.

Sudden downpour on Tuesday evening paralysed traffic in the Capital. Massive traffic snarls were reported from across the city due to waterlogging, choked drains and vehicle breakdowns. All arterial routes across the Capital turned into water bodies, bringing vehicular movement to near standstill for hours. Traffic snarls were reported from AIIMS, Moolchand, Ashram, Dhaula Kuan, Moti Bagh, Safdarjung, IIT, Hauz Khas, Mehrauli, Nizamuddin, Sarai Kale Khan and Badarpur till late evening, making it a harrowing experience for the commuters.

Those returning home after work were the worst hit. Motorists had to jostle to find their way on inundated roads. South and central Delhi faced the maximum brunt of the traffic jam. Vehicles were choc-a-bloc on the DND flyover which connects Delhi and Noida, South Extension, Nizamuddin and Vivekanand Marg.

Heavy waterlogging was reported from South Extension, Niti Bagh, Masjid Moth and Green Park that aggravated the woes of the residents and the pedestrians.
Traffic snarls and waterlogging were also reported from Hauz Rani, Lajpat Nagar, MB Road, Saket Sports Complex, Qutub Minar metro station, ISBT Kashmere Gate, Rajghat, Sarita Vihar flyover, Hanuman Setu and Chirag Delhi.

The ever-congested ITO intersection was completely blocked that led the traffic snarl up to Tilak Marg, Vikas Marg and Delhi Gate. Shanti Van, Rajghat, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Daryaganj and other parts of the Old Delhi area remained waterlogged. Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Defence Colony, Lodhi Colony, Savitri Cinema, Nehru Place, IIT and Munirka on Outer Ring Road and Kalkaji too remained waterlogged.

While the bordering areas like Badarpur and Dhaula Kuan were completely blocked, traffic crawled within the city on Ring Road and Outer Ring Road. Portion of Aurobindo Marg under the AIIMS flyover was submerged causing breakdown of several vehicles.

The downpour led to waterlogging under the IP Flyover and ITO Chungi that slowed down the vehicular movement, adding to commuters’ woes. Traffic moved at snail’s pace on the Vikas Marg that connects east Delhi with central Delhi. and Badarpur.

The ever-congetsed BRT corridor too tested the patience of the motorists where traffic came to a standstill. “The vehicles did not move for more than 20 minutes.
It is one of the worst traffic snarls I have ever seen,” said Rajiv Rai, a motorist who was stuck at Chirag Dilli intersection on the BRT corridor.

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