Delhiites who braved incessant rain to go out in the morning had a tough time as several parts of the city witnessed large-scale waterlogging. Thankfully, there was no traffic jam as it was a Sunday. But it took the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s zonal teams two-three hours to clear the mess.
The central control room of MCD received 51 complaints of waterlogging till Sunday afternoon, with Rohini, Civic Lines and west Delhi being the worst affected. The main roads in several parts of the city got submerged. In west Delhi, areas like Shalimar Bagh, Pitampura, Rohini, Subhash Place, Wazirpur industrial area, Ashok Vihar, Lawrence Road etc faced the same problem.
“The underpass on Lawrence Road got flooded. It was difficult to drive the car. Traffic was moving at a snail’s pace. This has been a vulnerable point for years now, but the civic agency has done nothing to improve the situation,” said businessman Sudhin Mukherjee, who lives in Pitampura. The stretch Between Moti Nagar and Zakira, too, was flooded.
Although MCD has made special arrangements at 100 vulnerable points in the city, the waterlogging could be cleared only after two-three hours. In the early morning, waterlogging was reported at Defence Colony flyover. “We have installed a portable pump at several locations. Often plastic bags and waste material lying on the road blocks the outlet points. Due to this, roads get waterlogged. We have deployed a special team to reach the spot after receiving a complaint, and clear the waterlogging,” said an MCD official.
In east Delhi, too, massive waterlogging was reported in Geeta Colony, Krishna Nagar, near GTB hospital. The road outside Old Delhi railway station was also flooded with water. Similarly, Daryaganj, Chandni Chowk, Guru Nanak Hospital Chowk, SP Mukherjee Marg, too, witnessed waterlogging. In south Delhi, Ashram Chowk, IIT flyover, Chhatarpur and Outer Delhi areas were affected. Also, there were nine complaints of tree falling.