The national capital reeled under severe traffic congestion on Monday, the first working day of the week, as heavy rains lashed the city causing water-logging on several roads and intersections across the city.
Commuters had a hard time as vehicular traffic crawled on roads clogged with long tailbacks after the city received 15.2 mm rainfall in the second half of the day.
“We received over 150 calls about water-logging and heavy traffic in different parts of the city. There were over 50 water-logging points that hampered traffic movement,” said Sandeep Goel, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
The problem was further aggravated due to a large number of vehicles, it being the first working day of the week. Heavy traffic was reported on almost all major carriageways due to waterlogging.
The affected stretches include M B Road, Lakshman Public School to RTR flyway, Dhaula Kuan, Jahangirpuri Bus Depot, Chhata Rail, GTO and Azad Market Chowk. Water-logging also hampered traffic flow at Greater Kailash-2, Savitri Cinema, C R Park and Hanuman Setu.
Severe water-logging was also reported on stretches at Mathura Road, Vayusenabad, Wazirabad Road and at Tigri on Mehrauli Badrpur Road.
Commuters were barely able to move as M G road, Mayapuri, Nigam Bodh Ghat, Kela Ghat, Durga Puri Chowk,and Mandoli T-Point were jam-packed due to waterlogging.
Heavy traffic and bottlenecks were also witnessed on road stretches from Outer Ring Road to Subroto Park, Lajpat Nagar to Jangpura, AIIMS and Moti Bagh.
Late in the evening, water-logging reports also came from Ramlila Ground, Gurunanak Chowk, Sarai Kale Khan, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg, Minto Bridge, Bhairon Marg and Indraprastha.
Other parts of the city which witnessed a chock-a-block situation include Nangloi, Mundka, Anand Parbath and Shanti Path. Both carriageways on Shankar Road, DCM Chowk and Hyatt Hotel towards Moti Bagh also faced heavy traffic.