Rain, waterlogging choke city roads

Rain, waterlogging choke city roads

As heavy rain lashed the national capital on Friday, subsequent waterlogging caused traffic jams in various parts of the city. Since the showers continued for long hours till evening, residents and commuters faced a tough time as water accumulated on major stretches and flyovers and underpasses.

The day long showers slowed down traffic movement at ITO, Daryaganj, Connaught  Place, Kashmere Gate, Dhaula Kuan, Moti Bagh, Badarpur-Sarita Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan, Karol Bagh-Pusa Road, Chiragh Dilli Flyover, Wazirabad Road and Modi Mill flyover on the Outer Ring Road.

Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandeep Goel said there were rain-related traffic jams in some Central Delhi areas and north Delhi but these were within manageable limits.

He denied that the pile-up in Gurgaon did not have any impact on Delhi side of the border. He said the congestion on Delhi roads leading to Gurgaon was within normal, manageable limits despite rain.  

"In Gurgaon, the problem was at Hero Honda Chowk which quite far from the Delhi border. Most of the traffic going from Delhi towards Gurgaon gets absorbed much earlier around IFFCO Chowk so there was little impact of the snarls at Hero Honda Chowk," he said.

The Safdarjung observatory recorded 10.5 mm rainfall on Friday and the maximum temperature was at 29.1 degrees Celsius, five degrees below the normal for this part of the year. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.5 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.

IGI Airport, Palam recorded the first heavy rainfall in this season which is 63.4mm from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm and that too most(55.0) in just one hour which affected the aviation operation, said R K Jenamani, Head, IGIA, MeT.

As a result, visibility reduced from 1,200 meters to mere 500 meters from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, due to which one flight was affected. However, smaller aircraft and helicopters operations were almost suspended at IGIA and over the Delhi region.  The MeT Department has predicted moderate to light rains for Saturday and Sunday.
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