Heavy Friday downpour inudates three states
On Friday, the Delhi Police was busy posting a series of tweets on waterlogging and route diversions, owing to heavy rain in the National Capital in an aim to help the stranded commuters.
Even the commuters resorted to Twitter to alert the cops of the desperate situation they were locked in. Reports of water logging came from Moti Bagh, Nehru place, Dhaula Kuan, CR Park, Chirag Delhi, Mangolpuri beside several other places in Delhi.
The situation turned so ugly that the traffic police had to close down the Outer Ring Road to D- Block Mangolpuri towards Peeragarhi due to water logging on Friday.
The cars and bikes were seen crawling at snail pace on all the busy roads. People stuck in the jam for long hours resorted to Twitter to express their anguish.
"Water logging at Chirag Delhi flyover has resulted in a massive jam which is the scenario every time it rains," tweeted a commuter.
Even at Kashmere Gate ISBT, the buses were seen deboarding the passengers some 100 meters away from the terminal due to congestion.
The rains coupled with Anganwadi workers protest near Rajghat in Central Delhi worsened the situation and resulted in major traffic snarls near ITO.
A tree fell near Adhchini village in South Delhi and caused traffic obstruction from Mehrauli to AIIMS route on Friday.
The Delhi traffic police via tweets kept informing the commuters about places to be avoided due to congestion and waterlogging. they also received several calls for traffic help at various stretches in the city.
Intense jams were witnessed for hours at major intersections like Ashram Chowk, Britannia Chowk, Kashmere Gate, ITO, Mukarba Chowk, Mehrauli-Badarpur road, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.
"Waterlogged roads is causing severe inconvenience to the people who were stuck for long hours on the roads," said Anil Yadav, a commuter.
After almost a decade, Noida has been severely hit by the pre-monsoon showers this year. Though the city was drenched in heavy rains on Friday morning, it experienced slight drizzles all through the day. The scenario was same for Ghaziabad.
Amid light showers in the peak hours of the day, inundated roads and traffic snarls tormented motorists in several parts of the city. A massive traffic jam was triggered in Sector 18 Noida in and other entry and exit points of the city.
NH24 painted a similar picture along with link road between Mohan Nagar and Vaishali metro station in Ghaziabad.
These monsoons unveiled the faulty preparations of the authority to combat the problem of water logging.
The heavy rains wreaked havoc in Sector Beta 1st in Greater Noida with two to three feet water on roads.
The overflowing water drains resulted not only in traffic but also raised a chaos among the motorist on the issue of parking.
One and a half hour of heavy downpour paralysed the Millennium City to an extent that it fully exposed the city's inadequate infrastructure.
The already existing skepticism over city's preparedness in dealing with challenges caused due to heavy rains was revealed by Friday's pre-monsoon showers. Even as large number of officials from Gurugram Police was present in the major traffic intersections, the situation of traffic jams and slow movement of vehicles was still prevalent owing to waterlogging. The worse affected areas included HUDA City Centre, Golf Course Road, Old-Delhi Road, Mahaveer Chowk and Palam Vihar.
Apart from the roads, the government offices were also waterlogged like Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) office at Sector-14 had almost two feet deep water.
The overflowing of sewage water further worsened the situation with two to three feet water filling the roads at Sector-10, Sector -21, Chakkarpur, Shivaji Nagar and Gurugram bus stand.
"Even Golf Course Road that has been recently revamped is waterlogged. This is enough to highlight the faulty infrastructure," said Aman Chugh, a city resident.