Delhi waterlogged, Games debris makes it worse
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 14, 2010, 21:55
New Delhi: Motorists and pedestrians in Delhi had a tough time due to widespread water logging, made worse by slush coming from construction sites and dug-up roads in the city which saw a spell of heavy showers on Saturday.

Heavy rains led to water logging and traffic snarls in various parts of the national capital, including in areas in the heart of the city such as Connaught Place, K G Marg, Ashoka Road and Janpath.

Motorists complained of having more difficulty in manoeuvring their vehicles through waterlogged roads as the sides were dug up and mounds of earth were lying due to construction work in view of the Commonwealth Games.

Cars and auto rickshaws got stuck in water and pedestrians had to wade through knee-deep water at many places. There was waterlogging in Parliament Street, Rafi Marg, Raisina Road, Hailey Road, Panchkuian Road, Gol Dak Khana area, IIT, Aurobindo Marg, Anand Parbat, Jamia Nagar, South Extension, Bhairon Singh Marg, Jangpura and Patel Nagar, among other places.

"I was coming through South Extension when my two-wheeler wheeler got stuck in water. It was a very bad situation as the service road was totally dug up and under water and I was not sure from which side I can manoeuvre without falling into the pit," said 25-year-old Deepak Rastogi, a sales executive.

There was knee-deep water in front of both AICC office on 24, Akbar Road and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence on 10, Janpath. A pandal erected in front of the Congress office for Independence Day celebrations was partially damaged.

"I had to get down from my auto rickshaw on Raisina Road as water entered its engine. There was a huge rush of water on Janpath in front of Press Club and it was very difficult to wade through as construction soil kept beside the road made it all slushy and slippery. I fell down," said Reena, a media professional.

The MCD said it got 35 complaints of water logging, including from Azadpur, Model Town, Narela, Karol Bagh and R K Puram. The civic body also received two complaints of falling of building portions and three of falling of trees.

Four persons were injured in building and wall collapse in R K Ashram and Teliwara, officials said.


First Published: Saturday, August 14, 2010, 21:55

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