Delhi, Mumbai deluged under rain

Traffic Crawls as Vehicles Float On Waterlogged Roads

Technical snag hits Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, Mumbai crumbling under deluge.

New Delhi, July13: Heavy rains wreaked havoc in the city as commuters faced a hard time navigating through waterlogged roads and faced traffic congestion. There was heavy waterlogging under Tilak Bridge, Modi Mill Flyover, Dhaula Kuan flyover and near Welcome Metro station.

The traffic situation was compounded by a technical snag in Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line that affected services for nearly two-and-a-half hours, officials said. The Magenta Line connects Janakpuri West and Kalkaji Mandir.

Cab companies also hiked the fares due to the rain and commuters between Delhi and Gurgaon were affected by availability of fewer cabs.

Rains lashed several parts of the national capital following heavy overcast conditions that had plunged the city into near darkness during the afternoon hours, prompting vehicles to ply with headlights on.

Heavy traffic was witnessed at most places in the city. Delhi Metro officials, meanwhile, said that services on the Magenta Line were affected due to overhead electricity line problem between RK Puram and IGI Airport stations. As a result, single-line operations were run between the sections.

Meanwhile Mumbai remained paralyzed like it does every year in the monsoons. Roads and rail tracks were submerged once again raising questions over the Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s preparedness.

In 20 days Mumbai has received 67 percent of total rainfall that it usually receives in the entire season. And the anomaly is that lakes are still empty. The rainfall this year has not been evenly spread.  Over 5,400 CCTVs have been set up across Mumbai and the control room is manned 24X7as police and administration prepare to brave the deluge out.

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