Traffic movement hit as heavy rain lashes Delhi

August 5th, 2008 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) People here woke up to a wet morning Tuesday as incessant rains, that started Monday afternoon, continued to lash the capital. The pleasant weather, however, turned ugly for many as traffic came to a standstill and office goers were stuck at many places.

Traffic snarls were reported from almost all parts of the capital. Commuters were stuck in massive jams near Dhaula Kuan flyover, ITO, Punjabi Bagh, Ashram Chowk and on Ring Road.

“It was drizzling when I left for office at 8:00 a.m. It started raining cats and dogs as I reached ITO. The traffic movement was so slow that it took me 30 minutes to cross the intersection,” said Sangeeta Singh, an executive in an IT company.

“Traffic movement was affected at many places. The roads in the capital have many potholes adding to the woes of drivers,” Joint Commissioner (Traffic) S.N. Shrivastava told IANS.

The traffic police have shot off letters to Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Public Works Department, National Highway Authority of India and New Delhi Municipal Corporation regarding the condition of over 150 potholed roads in the capital.

The capital has received 90.4 mm of rainfall since 8:30 p.m. Monday night, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The IMD predicted a cloudy sky and rain or thundershowers in the next 24 hours.

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