Rains bring Delhi-Gurgaon on knees

Heavy downpour brings Delhi and the national capital region to its knees; Traffic crawls in Gurgaon as heavy rains cause severe water logging in several parts; death toll rises to seven in rain-related incidents in Hyderabad. Heavy rains lashed the national capital on Wednesday leading to water-logging in major roads that crippled movement of traffic across the city. Delhi Traffic Police said major water-logged points included Ring Road Dhaula Kuan, Bhairon Marg towards Mathura Road and the Teen Murti roundabout among others. The weather office has forecast thunderstorm with rain through the day. Showers of rain bring relief to an otherwise humid weather. But for Delhiites, rain brings with it problems. When rain started in the morning, then darkness enveloped everywhere. After rain stopped, darkness went away but waterlogging everywhere and traffic jams brought life to a standstill for several hours. Flyovers and underpasses at Dhaula Kuan, ITO, Moti Bagh, Moolchand, Ashram were waterlogged to such an extent that it was difficult for water to be pumped out. Children found it difficult to go to school and office goers as well as people going out for their daily chores were stranded in their vehicles for hours. After rain, due to improper drainage of water, people of Delhi normally face such problems. Prior to the monsoons, the Government of the National Capital territory of Delhi should focus on cleaning and maintaining big drains where water accumulation is an acute problem. In the first glance, flood like images on Delhi roads seems to be due to the carelessness and apathy of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The Delhi Government that makes tall claims has not been able to properly maintain the drainage system of the national capital. If such condition of waterlogging remains, then people of Delhi and NCR would have to face such problems for some more days because Met office says that rains are forecast and such conditions may prevail. Due to waterlogging in Delhi, even satellite towns like Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida are also not far behind. People commuting to and fro from Delhi and towards these areas remained stranded in jams for hours. US Secretary of State, John Kerry is also in town. Due to traffic woes, Kerry also had to cancel his engagements. A lot needs to be done to improve Delhi's basic facilities that crumble in the face of heavy rain. And the civic bodies as well as Delhi Government has to answer for the woes faced by Delhiites when rains lash the capital. Heavy rainfall has been reported from Hyderabad as well. Rain caused severe water logging in parts of Hyderabad while vehicles submerged in rainwater in Secunderabad. At least four people were killed after an under-construction building collapsed in Hyderabad due to incessant rains.