Heavy showers throw traffic out of gear in Delhi

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 09:24 hrs

New Delhi: Heavy rainfall lashed the national capital today, flooding almost all arterial roads in the city and throwing traffic out of gear.

Throughout the city, streets were flooded as drains overflowed and rain beat down with intensity.

Heavy traffic snarls were reported in almost all areas of the city due to waterlogging as well as non-functional traffic signals.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic was witnessed at major intersections such as ITO, Laxmi Nagar, Moti Bagh, Kashmere Gate, Munirka, Dwarka and Dhaula Kuan.

Commuters had a hard time navigating the roads in most parts of the city as visibility also dropped a bit. Pedestrians were seen wading through streets flooded by overflowing drains.

"It took me 40 minutes to reach the Akshardham metro station from my home, a distance which I cover within five minutes every day. Traffic was moving very slow," said Ridhi Chouhan, who works at a private bank in Noida.

People were stuck at metro stations and bus stops waiting for the showers to subside while autorickshaw and taxi drivers had a field day charging hefty sums from those in a hurry to reach office.

"I had to shell out Rs 180 (for an auto) from my home in Munirka to my office at Connaught Place today. On normal days, the fare is not more than Rs 100," said Ashok Ojha, who works at a telecom company.

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