Traffic gets gridlocked as many traffic lights stop working, leaving millions of commuters fuming and frustrated. Poorly laid roads develop potholes and sometimes moon craters; water collects at unexpected places spelling danger for both motorists and pedestrians and rickety footpaths crumble, making them into accident and even death traps.
Worse, the uncollected and spilling garbage - compounded by lack of civic sense among its people who litter the streets without thinking - flows into the drains and chokes them, making things difficult for both motorists and pedestrians.
For those who don't drive but are caught walking on the streets, the pavements - at least in the few places they exist or are not encroached on - are accident prone with open manholes, missing tiles, uneven walking paths, jutting cables, and other unexpected hazards.
The capital has about 760 traffic signals but these frequently stop working and serpentine jams result within minutes of a downpour. This is because water invariably seeps into the cable system that are products of poor engineering and maintenance.
"Soon after rains the traffic signals stop functioning. Most of the transmission cables of traffic signals in the capital are damaged.
We are in talks for solar power traffic signals, but the proposal has been pending since 2002," a senior Delhi traffic police officer confessed to IANS, not wishing to be identified, adding that talks had been on with a public sector company, but held out little hope of a solution to a perennial problem which no one bothers to attend.
After police helplessness comes civic negligence.
Image: Pedestrians walk through a waterlogged street as heavy rain falls in New Delhi on August 16, 2013. (AFP)