Relentless rain throughout Saturday caused several parts of Delhi to become congested, throwing vehicle movement into chaos, despite low traffic volumes as it is the weekend and the second Saturday of the month, when all government offices are closed.
Up to six arterial stretches in central, south, southwestern and outer Delhi were waterlogged and several rain-battered stretches also developed craters. Two such cases have been reported in South Delhi – near the Moti Bagh Gurdwara and on an on-ramp from Aurobindo Marg to Press Enclave Road, Delhi traffic police said.
The rumble – triggered by continuous downpours, waterlogging, non-functioning traffic lights and potholes – stretched for miles, even during off-peak hours.
Motorists found themselves ruining the conditions and many took to social media to complain about the chaos and seek help from traffic police to ease the bumper-to-bumper traffic. Some social media users also uploaded videos and photographs of traffic jams and screenshots of Google Maps, where most roads and routes appeared as crimson streaks, indicating high traffic volume and delayed travel time.
More chaos could also be in store on Sunday, according to traffic police, who issued two notices of religious processions scheduled for Sunday on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti” and “Eid-e-Milad-ul-Nabi” due which traffic could be disrupted in several parts of the city, especially after the afternoon.
The police have listed a series of roads in the districts of North, East, West, North-East, Center, Outer, North-West, Outer-North, southeast and Shahdara, where religious processions will be led by Hindus and Muslims and urged motorists to browse the list before starting their journey.
Saturday. at least three Twitter users reported ambulances stuck in traffic jams on Arya Samaj Road, Raja Puri and Najafgarh Road.
“Traffic has also slowed due to potholes in major stretches such as Ring Road outside Moti Bagh gurdwara. It is one of the busiest stretches that connect South and West Delhi. The road is also used by people traveling to Gurugram or the airport. There was a pothole and then an accumulation of water in front of the Dhaula Kuan flyover,” a senior traffic police officer said.
In South Delhi, vehicular traffic was disrupted Lajpat Nagar flyover and Chirag Dilli flyover, near Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station, Barapullah flyover, Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway, flyover of the IIT to Mehrauli, from Chhatarpur to Vasant Kunj, from the flyover of the IIT to Munirka.
“The traffic control room sent flash messages to all staff to provide manual traffic regulation at intersections where there was no power supply, remove stalled vehicles and restore the normal flow of traffic. traffic,” traffic police said.
Prashant Raj, a commuter on the Mehrauli-Badarpur (MB) road, said: “Severe congestion associated with ongoing metro construction works has caused delays of over 30-40 minutes.
Dhaula Kuan was also heavily waterlogged, disrupting the schedule for those heading to the airport and Gurugram.