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Rains wash away Capital claims

Rains wash away Capital claims
Water-logged roads, following heavy downpour on Tuesday evening, brought a larger part of the national Capital to a standstill. Traffic moved at snail’s pace in the important areas like Parliament Street, Ring Road, ITO, Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Nagar, Moti Bagh, Badarpur, Ashram Chowk, Saket, MG Road, Azadpur and Kashmere Gate. ‘There was slow traffic movement in Mori Gate, Dhaula Kuan and Masjid Moth, Connaught place’, said a traffic official.

Incidentally, the downpour came during the evening rush hour, thereby increasing the traffic volume several-fold. Although the rain brought the temperatures down, providing cool relief from the suffocating humidity that had been plaguing Delhi for the past few days, it washed away the tall claims of civic bodies on pre-monsoon preparations, which were thoroughly exposed by an official letter from the Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation dated 7 July, in which the former assured the latter of removing the silt from big drains in its area by 15 July.

Despite the Delhi government having set the initial deadline on 15 June for cleaning the drains for all the civic agencies in the national Capital, including three municipal corporations, DSIIDC, Flood Department and Public Works Department (PWD), reports of severe water-logging came from several crucial underpasses such as those at Moolchand, Paschim Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Prembari pul, Dwarka, as well as from Punjabi Bagh Club Road, Raghubir Nagar, Raja Garden, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg towards both carriageways of Moolchand.  Water-logging was also reported from Mahipalpur village, following which incoming traffic from Gurgaon towards Vasant Kunj and Chattarpur was critically affected.

Meanwhile, water-logging in most of the areas continued unabated due to clogged drains, which overflowed in no time after the heavy shower. ‘Traffic was heavy at GTK road from Adarsh Nagar to Mukarba Chowk, and also on Dwarka flyover to the Domestic Airport due to heavy water-logging near the Terminal 3.  On Tuesday evening, Delhi received the heaviest rainfall of the season, recorded at 69.5 mm in a span of just three hours from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
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