traffic, jams galore in city
DELHI: Traffic crawled on Thursday as heavy rain led to waterlogging.
Commuters travelling on several arterial roads experienced traffic
jams for three hours or even longer. People missed appointments,
many offices deferred their important meetings and schoolchildren
got stranded in their buses on their way back home. Several shops
in all parts of the city were also closed. Tardy traffic movement
made life go haywire.
traffic police, amid pouring rain, took to the streets. Traffic
signals were switched off and vehicle movement controlled manually
several important junctions.
joint commissioner of police (traffic), Maxwell Pereira,‘‘It
is not a traffic problem. It is a lack of a proper drainage system
in the city. If the civic agencies can’t measure up, the
city is bound to come to a standstill.’’ Office-goer
Punit Kumar said, ‘‘I left my Laxmi Nagar residence
at about 9.30 am. But it took more than an hour to cross ITO bridge.’’
especially scooters, spluttered and stalled in stagnant water.
Otherwise always punctual, Ashok Sharma had a difficult time as
his motorbike refused to move. ‘‘The exhaust pipes
were inundated and it choked,’’ he said. Low-lying
areas were affected. Traffic was almost stranded at ITO, especially
at Tilak bridge. The road underneath Minto bridge was also inundated.
New Delhi localities, including the road below the railway bridge
on Africa Avenue also, witnessed traffic being stranded. Traffic
police officers said they deployed extra policemen at several
traffic junctions like ITO, Connaught Place, Dhaula Kuan, Nehru
Place, Mayapuri and ISBT.
Commuters passing through west Delhi areas like Dhaula Kuan roundabout,
Pankha Road and Jail Road also experienced long traffic jams.
In south Delhi, South Extension, Kalkaji, Nehru Place and adjoining
areas of Moolchand hospital also saw severe traffic bottlenecks.
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