Capital lost in rains again… Civic agencies clueless

Rajat Kain

New Delhi: Traffic chaos near AIIMS hospital after rains in New Delhi. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Traffic chaos near AIIMS hospital after rains in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) witnessed a very heavy spell of rains on Wednesday morning throwing city off-gear. Water logging has been reported at several places across the capital as well as in the satellite townships of Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad in the NCR. Not just the road traffic, but the flights too have been impacted by the heavy rains.

According to the information shared by the Delhi Traffic Police on the social network site Facebook, major water-logged points included Ring Road Dhaula Kuan, Bhairon Marg towards Mathura Road and the Teen Murti roundabout among others. AIIMS flyover was once again one of the worst-hit spot.

Delhi had witnessed a similar chaos-filled evening Monday, which had even held the high-security convoy of visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Wednesday morning was no different as Delhiites woke up to a very overcast sky. The near three-hour rains brought city to a standstill once again exposing the civic agencies and Delhi government’s claims of battling rains. Water-logging in major roads crippled movement of traffic across the city.

Barapullah flyover towards DND, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Raja Garden towards Mayapuri and Gymkhana towards Teen Murti Marg were also among the major water-logged points.

New Delhi : Vehicle pass through water logged roads after rain in  New Delhi. Photo - PTI

New Delhi : Vehicle pass through water logged roads after rain in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

The heavy rains also led to the cancellation of John Kerry’s proposed visit to three religious sites in the city. He was scheduled to visit the Gauri Shankar temple, Jama Masjid and Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in the old Delhi area around 11 AM today.

“The visit had to be cancelled due to heavy rains in Delhi,” a news agency reported quoting officials in the US Embassy.

Meanwhile, flight operations at the Delhi airport were also impacted by the heavy showers. An official at the Delhi airport said there has been a slight delay in departure of flights on account of heavy rains.

A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Delhi was diverted to Jaipur due to “bad weather” in the morning at around 0900 hours, the official said.

For Gurgaon, which last month bore the brunt of heavy showers, it was another day of messy affair. Traffic snarls were seen at the National Highway-8 as well as in the arterial roads of the city submerged with knee-deep water at various places.

Only respite, however, was the fall in the mercury in and around the city. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius at 8.30 AM. And with the weather office forecasting thunderstorm with rain through the day, the maximum temperature is expected to be around 32 degrees Celsius.

According to the latest figures, city received 3.9 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. But this is expected to go up given the volume of rains.