Rain, one of the heaviest this season, once again caused the same disturbing scenes to be played out again and again - flooding in low-lying areas, uprooted trees, dysfunctional traffic lights, traffic snarls, harried commuters and scared school children who were caught up for hours on chaotic roads. And once again it showed up the unpreparedness of civic authorities to restore normalcy on Delhi’s roads as the heavy rainfall, measuring 112 mm, disrupted normal life.
Commuters who set off for their offices in the morning had to battle waterlogged roads, non-functional traffic signals, vehicle breakdowns and serpentine queues of cars, buses, two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws. Disorder reigned on the streets almost throughout the day.
Most affected were the Ring Road, the Dhaula Kuan crossing and the Delhi-Noida Expressway.