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Monsoon blues: Day 2 brings Delhi to a grinding halt

Monday, 17 June 2013 - 11:22pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 - 7:20am IST

Traffic jams, Metro strand commuters

Intermittent heavy rains for the second consecutive day on Monday  in the national capital region added to Delhiites’ woes. 

Negating the tall claims of the civic agencies about their pre-monsoon preparedness, almost all the major arterial roads in 

the city witnessed waterlogging for hours, leading to heavy traffic snarls on several roads during the morning peak hours. 

Traffic was also affected due to uprooted trees at several places. Meanwhile, Metro services were affected on the Dilshad 

Garden-Rithala Line on Monday morning due to problems in overhead electrical supply. 

As rain lashed the city, waterlogging was reported from Mehrauli Badarpur Road, Mathura Road — from CRRI to Ashram, Bhairon 

Marg, Mahipalpur Chowk towards Mehrauli, Dwarka underpass, Airport Road, Station Road in South Delhi; Moti Bagh, Brar 

Square, Dhaula Kuan, Azadpur and Model Town on Ring Road; Uttam Nagar and Paschim Vihar flyover in West Delhi; Burari and 

Nathurpura in North Delhi, and Pandav Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Vikas Marg and Mother Dairy in East Delhi among others. 

Even as the civic agencies engaged in blame game over desiltation of drains, Delhi Traffic Police said preventing 

waterlogging is the work of civic agencies and they had informed the concerned agencies about the vulnerable points in the 

city well in advance. “We have provided the civic agencies with a list 157 points that may suffer waterlogging. It is their 

responsibility to take all the measures to prevent waterlogging. No complaint of traffic lights getting dysfunctional was 

reported from across the city,” said special commissioner of police (traffic), Taj Hassan.

Meanwhile, thousands of commuters were stranded at different stations on the Dilshad Garden-Rithala Line of Delhi Metro 

after services were disrupted for over one hour during the morning peak hour. According to a Metro official, “Due to sudden 

need of maintenance work of electric supply line, services were partially suspended from 10.30am  to 11.45 am.”

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