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Halted! Downpour chokes capital’s streets yet again

Commuters in several areas, especially the southern part of the city had a harrowing time on Wednesday as rains in the national capital caused waterlogging leading to long traffic snarls at major traffic junctions.

Slow traffic movement was seen at several places in south Delhi such as Vasant Kunj, Chattarpur, Mehrauli, Mori Gate, Dhaula Kuan, Masjid Moth, Chirag Delhi, Ring Road near AIIMS, Okhla and Bhogal. Areas such as Parliament Street, Ring Road, ITO, Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Nagar, Moti Bagh, Badarpur, Ashram Chowk, Saket, MG Road, Azadpur and Kashmere Gate, in north Delhi too saw huge traffic jams.

The Delhi Gate area choked with traffic due to waterlogging and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s ongoing construction work. This left the commuters stranded for hours on the roads. A similar situation was seen around the Ring Road near AIIMS where the traffic crawled due to waterlogging and forced the commuters wait in their vehicles for hours.

‘I was on my way to Faridabad and have been stranded in this traffic for two hours now. When will the traffic police learn to control the traffic properly?’ said Misha, a commuter who was coming from Safdarjung.
Delhi’s Ring Road, Ashram, Mathura Road, Connaught Place, ITO, Nehru Place, MG Road faced the worst traffic jams during the peak hours of the evening.

People who were near Delhi Transport Corporation’s bus terminal in Sarai Kale Khan faced a harrowing time. Due to major waterlogging in the terminals, the buses were parked on the main road.

Streets were waterlogged due to clogged drains and thus the traffic crawled which left Delhiites fuming. ‘There was a 3-km long traffic jam in Chattarpur. It took more than three hours to clear the traffic,’ said a traffic official.

‘Traffic signals were not working at various intersections such Aurobindo Marg, Nehru Place,
Moolchand and New Friends Colony signal which created a chaotic situation on the streets,’ said
another official.
Water logging was reported in various parts of the caitpal including  Moolchand underpass, Paschim Vihar and Punjabi Bagh.

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