New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The heavy downpour in Delhi on Sunday morning brought the traffic literally to a standstill as reports of water-logging trickled from almost every part of the capital. The worst affected was New Delhi area where a tempo driver died after drowning in the water logged under Minto Bridge.
Traffic was affected at various places due to water-logging. The affected areas are South Avenue road, Vinay Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg under railway bridge, Dhuala Kuan, New Delhi Railway Station, Minto Road, Guru Nanak Chowk, Azad Mkt Rly Bridge, Moolchand Underpass, Central School LL Rai Marg, Modi Mill, Pull Prahaladpur, Prembadi Underpass.
“WHO building located at Ring Road near IP depot is under construction by the NBCC. Today at about 8.30 a.m. one bank of drain passing near WHO broke and some jhuggis also collapsed in the water current and water kept flowing towards Ring Road and nearby areas of Vikas Bhawan including IP Marg,” said a senior Delhi police officer.
Traffic was diverted towards Vikas Marg and Bhairon Road.
Traffic on IP Marg also remained heavy. Traffic coming from Laxmi Nagar was diverted towards Rajaram Kohli Marg or Akshardham side.
“PWD and SDMC engineers are trying to clear water with the help of pumps and big machines. Till then traffic on Saleemgarh coming from ISBT is diverted at Rajaram Kohli Marg towards Pushta Road and then to NH24,” said the officer.
Traffic has been diverted at Rajghat towards Delhi Gate side, at gate no 23 towards Vikas Marg, at loop on IP flyover to avoid the stretch between IP flyover and Bhairon road.
On Vikas Marg near Laxmi Nagar, traffic was diverted on a smaller scale.
“As soon as water is cleared on Ring Road IP Marg, all diversions will be removed. Traffic has been opened in all the stretches but for Ring Road near IP flyover. Motorists are requested to check the traffic updates while planning their trip especially when it rains,” the officer said.