New Delhi. Heavy rains lashed the national capital for the second consecutive day on Friday, causing water logging on roads and disrupting traffic. The Meteorological Department has also issued a ‘yellow’ alert for Saturday. According to the Meteorological Department, light rain may occur in most areas of Delhi and there is a possibility of heavy rain at some places. Due to heavy rains, falling of trees disrupted traffic at places and people had to face difficulties in movement. The Delhi Traffic Police issued an alert calling on commuters to plan their travel keeping in mind the rains.
Police tweeted, “Shantivan’s Hanuman Setu to Hanuman Mandir Carriageway, Libaspur Underpass, Maharani Bagh, Taimur Nagar Mor, CDR Chowk, Mehrauli to Gurugram, Andheria More towards Vasant Kunj, under Nizamuddin Bridge, at Singhu Border Water logging has been observed near the petrol pump, from MB Road to Sainik Farms Carriageway.
Police advised people to avoid these routes. The traffic police said they had received 19 jam-related calls. Apart from this, 22 calls were received regarding water logging and 11 informing about incidents of felling of trees. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi received 12 complaints of water logging and 16 complaints related to felling of trees.
According to officials, traffic calls were received from areas like Sonia Vihar, Pushta Road, Bijwasan Flyover, Uttam Nagar Signal, near Vasant Kunj Church and Vasant Kunj Fortis Hospital, Rajdhani Park to Nangloi, Pitampura, Model Town Extension etc. Some commuters shared the status of the traffic problem on social media. A passenger said that there is heavy traffic jam in Nangloi. Another requested the police to control the heavy traffic from Batla House to Okhla.
Police also received traffic jam complaints from Mahipalpur and Preet Vihar. The amount of rain that Delhi received in just the last 24 hours till 8.30 am on Friday was more than half of the average rainfall in the month of September. The Safdarjung observatory had recorded 58.5 mm of rain from September 1 to September 22 (Thursday morning), against the normal 108.5 mm.
Safdarjung Observatory is the major weather station of Delhi. 72 mm of rain was recorded in the last 24 hours till 8.30 am on Friday. From September 1 to September 23, Delhi received 130.5 mm of rain. Normally Delhi receives 125.5 mm of rain in September. (agency)