Several parts of Delhi reported massive traffic snarls on Saturday as rain continued to lash the national capital for the third consecutive day today. Many places continued to remain submerged as the downpour showed no signs of receding.
The Delhi Traffic Police issued advisories for commuters to plan their journey accordingly.
“As per the IMD report, light to moderate intensity rain would occur over Delhi and adjoining areas. Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly,” it said in a tweet.
The traffic helpline said it received 16 calls related to jams, three related to waterlogging and five related to trees falling. On Friday, the helpline had received 19 calls regarding traffic congestion, 11 regarding waterlogging and 22 due to fallen trees. While on Thursday, it had received 23 calls related to traffic jams, seven regarding waterlogging and two related to the uprooting of trees from different parts of the national capital.
Commuters on social media said that traffic is heavy in northwest Delhi’s Azadpur area. Some highlighted congestions in the Najafgarh area.
Reports of trees falling came in from the Arvindo Marg near Adhchini red light and near Mahipalpur towards Chhattarpur.
Rains continued to lash Delhi for the third consecutive day on Saturday. The city received 15 mm of rainfall from 8.30 am on Friday to 8.30 am on Saturday.
The weather department had earlier issued a ‘yellow alert’ for Saturday as well, cautioning people about moderate rain in most places of the city with heavy showers at a couple of locations.
Schools suspended classes till standard 8 in all government and private schools in Noida and Greater Noida due to the rains, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration announced Friday.
Schools were shut on Friday as well due to the continuous showers.
“Keeping in view the safety of the students due to heavy rains and excessive waterlogging on the roads, the district magistrate has declared a holiday for September 24 (Saturday) for the students of Classes 1 to 8 in all the schools of all the boards. Therefore, all the principals and headmasters should ensure the compliance of the order,” District School Inspector Dharamveer Singh said.
In Gurgaon, waterlogging was reported on multiple stretches, caused by intermittent rain for the third consecutive day today, leading the Gurugram Traffic Police to issue an advisory on Saturday about diversion and congestion.
Traffic police personnel and teams of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority were pressed into action to manage the traffic and drain the water.
Several vehicles were submerged in various places this morning. More than 50 areas, including Sector 15 Part 2, New Colony, Sector 7, Golf Course Road, Golf Course Extension, Service Lane of Delhi-Gurugram Expressway to Kherki Daula, Sector 10, Village Khandsa and Manesar, have been affected by waterlogging.
In Mumbai, several parts witnessed heavy rains this morning. However, the public transport services in the city remained unaffected and no major waterlogging was reported, civic officials said.
The city and its eastern and western suburbs received heavy showers between 7 am and 8 am. The downpour stopped after that in most of these places.
Incessant rain at many places in Punjab may damage Kharif crops, especially paddy and cotton, farm experts said on Saturday. Rain lashed several parts of Punjab and Haryana, leading to a dip in the mercury.
Punjab’s Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala, Mansa, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Amritsar and Bathinda and Haryana’s Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Ambala and Sonipat received heavy showers, the Metrological Department said. According to farm experts, the untimely rain, if it continues for a few more days, will hit both paddy and cotton crops.
(With input from PTI)
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