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Water way: Downpour drowns city streets, halts traffic on its tracks

Commuters in several parts of the national capital, especially in south Delhi had a harrowing time on Tuesday, as torrential rains caused waterlogging, leading to traffic snarls at major traffic junctions.
In the south, traffic movement was slow on the Delhi–Mathura Road, near Badarpur, Vasant Kunj, Chattarpur, Mehrauli, Mori Gate, Dhaula Kuan Masjid Moth, Chirag Delhi, on the Ring Road, near AIIMS, Okhla and Bhogal–Ashram road.

Important stretches of the national capital such Parliament Street, Ring Road, I.T.O., Aurobindo Marg, Badarpur, Ashram Chowk, Saket, M G Road, Azadpur and Kashmere Gate, in north Delhi experienced traffic snarls.
Traffic movement near Delhi Gate, close to the ITO, was so slow due to waterlogging, that commuters remained stranded for more than two hours. The situation on the Ring Road near AIIMS was similar. Traffic was slowed to a crawl here, with commuters stuck in their stationary vehicles for hours. Delhi's Ring Road, Ashram, Mathura Road, Connaught Place, ITO, Nehru Place and M G Road faced the worst traffic snarls during peak hours in the evening.

The bus terminal in Sarai Kale Khan struggled to cope with the crisis, as buses had to be parked on the main road, after the terminal got waterlogged.

'There were traffic snarls in Mehrauli and the Vasant Kunj area, till as far as Chattarpur. It took more than three hours for traffic movement to return to normal,' said a traffic official.

'Many traffic signals stopped working after the rains, such as the Delhi Mathura Road signal in front of Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Aurobindo Marg intersection, Nehru Place signal, Moolchand and New Friend's Colony signal, which added to the traffic chaos,’ he added.
Waterlogging was reported from the Moolchand underpass, Paschim Vihar underpass, Punjabi Bagh underpass, Prembari Pul underpass, Dwarka underpass, Raghubir Nagar, Raja Garden and Lala Lajpat Rai Marg.

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