Delhi drenched, Parliament roof leaks in season’s highest rainfall

Water logging due to heavy downpour affected the vehicular movement in Delhi on Thursday.

New Delhi: Delhiites were today drenched in
the heaviest downpour of the season, bringing with it traffic
snarls and water-logging besides leaving at least eight
persons injured in four building collapse incidents.

The impact was also felt in the Lok Sabha in the form of a leaking roof.

Jagdambika Pal of the Congress raised the matter during Zero Hour, pointing to the roof. "Madam, the rain water is dripping in the house," he said.

The Parliament house, designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, is showing signs of wear and tear.

Speaker Meira Kumar has constituted a high level committee, headed by her, to protect the heritage structure that opened in 1927.

The rain gauges measured 104.52 mm at the Lodhi Road MeT
Office while its Safdurjung office recorded 89.3 mm between
8:30 am and 5:30 pm. The Palam Weather Office recorded 53.9 mm
of rains during the same period.

Four incidents of building collapse were reported during
the incessant rains, in which at least eight persons were
injured in Sangam Vihar, Govindpuri, Bhalswa Dairy and Karol
Bagh localities.

Three persons suffered injuries when the roof of their
house in Sangam Vihar Block-I collapsed at around 1:15 pm due
to rains while three others were wounded when a building near
Guru Govind Singh Gurudwara in Govindpuri collapsed at around
1:45 pm.

The third incident of building collapse was reported from
Bhalswa Dairy area at around 2 pm, while two others were
injured when a structure collapsed in Karol Bagh late in the

Though the sky was overcast from early morning, the
showers began at 8:45 am. The city received 4.9 mm of rains
for a period of 24 hours till 8:30 am today.

As the skies opened up, complaints of water-logging,
traffic snarls and tree-felling poured in at the control rooms
of civic bodies and police department.

"Things are better this time as compared to last time,"
was Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit`s reply when asked
about water-logging in the city.

Commuters were seen taking shelter below flyovers and bus
stops across the city. Many scooterists parked their
two-wheelers below bridges, resulting in shrinking of road
space for vehicular movement.

Pushpanjali Bisht Kanunjna, a commuter, said traffic was
disrupted near foot-over-bridges on Outer Ring Road at Greater
Kailash-II and Kalkaji Temple as people parked their
vehicles to save themselves from getting drenched.

Motorcyclists blocked the road to protect themselves from
rain right at the start of the DND flyover from Ashram,
resulting in huge traffic jams, another commuter Ankit Marwah

A large pothole today developed on Jaswant Singh Road
near Andhra Bhavan where the road has caved-in twice in the
past three days. Water-logging was also reported from the
stretch resulting in traffic snarls on Ashoka Road.

Vehicular movement was slow on many of the busy stretches
like Vikas Marg, Connaught Place, AIIMS, IIT, Outer Ring Road.
Traffic also moved at snail`s pace on Badarpur Border, Azad
Market and Kishan Ganj Railway crossing due to water logging. Traffic movement was hit due to breakdown of several
vehicles on Shivaji Park-Punjabi Bagh, Janakpuri-Dhaula Kuan,
Hanuman Setu-ISBT, Mukarba Chowk-By Pass, Chandki Ram
Akhra-Wazirabad, Wazirabad Bridge-Khajuri and
Mehrauli-Mahipalpur routes.

Incidents of excess water was also reported from Minto
Road, Ranjeet flyover, Kamla Market, Ajmeri Gate and Bagga
Link to Pusa Road resulting in traffic hitches, a senior
police official said.

Water-logging near Kamal-T Point also resulted in slow
movement of vehicles on Rohtak Road this morning.

Vehicles were seen choc-a-bloc on the DND flyover which
connects Delhi and Noida, AIIMS, South-Extention, Moti Bagh
West, Nizamuddin and Vivekanand Marg.

Because of heavy rains, a senior police official said,
traffic was diverted from Raj Ghat crossing on Ring Road
towards Delhi secretariat.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said it
received 106 complaints of waterlogging due to rain, 23
complaints of falling of trees and 11 complaints of falling of
building portions from various parts of the city during a
period of 24 hours ending 2:00 pm today.


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