Saturday, July 31, 2010

Life crippled as heavy downpour lashed capital

Life crippled as heavy downpour lashed the capital

Heavy downpour has lashed the capital and NCR on Saturday even as traffic was thrown out of gear due to severe water-logging in various parts of the city.

Various busy intersections like ITO, Minto Bridge, Nizamuddin Bridge, Dhaula Kuan, Ajadpur Sabji mandi, IIT, Hauz Khas and industrial areas like Okhla and Peeragarhi reported endless traffic snarls. This is despite the fact that today being a weekend many offices and educations institutions are closed.

Accordding to reports, vehicular movement came to a virtual halt as motorists were stuck in serpentine jams at almost all the arterial roads across the capital following rains that led to waterlogging and breakdown in traffic signals.

Massive traffic jams were reported from ITO, Dhaula Kuan, Ring Road, India Gate, South Extension, Moolchand, Ashram Chowk and several areas in East and North Delhi.

Traffic snarls took place at several places due to breakdown of vehicles on the roads also."It took me two hours to reach Saket from ITO. Usually it takes just 45 minutes to one hour" said Maanish, a businessman.

Several autos, heavy vehicles like trucks and cars were stranded on the roads due to heavy water-logging. "The travel time from AIIMS to Hauzkhas is just few minutes on the usual day but today it took over an hour to cover the distance," Sarita, a business executive with a private firm said.


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