Two hours of rain throws traffic out of gear in Delhi

Roads flooded; snag hits Delhi Metro services.

Two hours of seasonal rainfall measuring 52.4 mm created chaos in the capital leaving roads water logged and commuters stuck in traffic for hours on Friday evening. Although, the rainfall brought much relief from the rising temperatures and cleaner air, the cheer was temporary as the city’s infrastructure was put to test.

Around 2,500 Traffic Police personnel had to be deployed across the city and the police tweeted out areas that motorists needed to avoid.

“All recovery vans were pressed into service to clear the affected stretches. Senior traffic police officers personally monitored the situation and shared info through Google and other available means,” said Arun Kampani, Joint CP (traffic).

“The complaint calls on water logging were immediately forwarded to civic agencies concerned through the hotline for immediate pumping out. We also received six calls relating to falling of trees,” said a traffic police official.

The Delhi Metro’s services on the Magenta Line were disrupted for over two and a half hours due to a technical snag, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said. “Services were affected due to some OHE (overhead electricity) problem between RK Puram and the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport Terminal 1 station around 4.10 p.m.” said an official.

Normal services on the Magenta Line, that connects Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden, were resumed at 6.40 p.m.

“Due to the snag, single line operations were done on the section. Short loop services between Botanical Garden to RK Puram and IGI-Airport to Janakpuri West were run during the period,” the official added.

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