Heavy traffic snarled in several parts of Delhi on Saturday as rain continued to lash the national capital for the third day in a row. Many places were inundated as the incessant rain showed no sign of abating.
The Delhi Traffic Police advised commuters to plan their journey accordingly.
“According to the IMD report, Delhi and adjoining areas will receive light to moderate rainfall. Passengers are advised to plan their journey accordingly,” it said in a tweet.
The traffic helpline said it received 16 calls related to congestion, three calls related to waterlogging and five related to fallen trees. On Friday, the helpline received 19 calls regarding traffic jams, 11 calls regarding waterlogging and 22 calls due to falling trees. On Thursday, 23 calls related to traffic congestion, seven calls related to waterlogging and two related to uprooted trees were received from various parts of the national capital.
Commuters took to social media to report heavy traffic in northwest Delhi’s Azadpur area. Some highlighted the congestion in Najabgarh area.
There were reports of falling trees from Aurobindo Marg near Atchini red light and towards Chhattarpur near Mahipalpur.
It rained in Delhi for the third consecutive day on Saturday. The city received 15 mm of rain from 8.30 am on Friday to 8.30 am on Saturday.
The Meteorological Department had earlier issued a yellow alert on Saturday as well, warning the people of moderate rain at most parts of the city and heavy rain at a couple of places.
The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration announced on Friday that all government and private schools in Noida and Greater Noida have suspended classes up to Class 8 due to rains.
Due to incessant rain, schools were closed on Friday as well.
Considering the safety of the students due to heavy rain and water logging on the roads, the District Collector has declared a holiday for the students of classes 1 to 8 in all the schools of all the boards on September 24 (Saturday). Therefore, all principals and headmistresses should ensure compliance with the directive,” said Dharamveer Singh, district school inspector.
In Gurgaon, incessant rain continued for the third consecutive day today, resulting in waterlogging at several places, prompting the Gurugram Traffic Police to advise on detours and traffic jams on Saturday.
Traffic police and teams from the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority were deployed to manage traffic and clear water.
Vehicles were submerged in water at 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, Kherki Daula, Sector 10, Kancha and Manesar Village are affected due to waterlogging.
Heavy rain lashed various parts of Mumbai this morning. However, the city’s public transport services were not affected and no major waterlogging was reported, civic officials said.
Heavy rains lashed the city and its eastern and western suburbs between 7 am and 8 am. After that, the rain stopped in most places.
Incessant rains in many parts of Punjab will damage kharif crops, especially paddy and cotton, farm experts said on Saturday. Rains lashed many parts of Punjab and Haryana, leading to a drop in mercury.
Punjab’s Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala, Mansa, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Amritsar and Bathinda and Haryana’s Kaithal, Kurushetra, Karnal, Ambala and Sonipat received heavy rain, the Meteorological Department said. If the untimely rains continue for a few more days, paddy and cotton crops will be affected, according to farm experts.
(With input from PTI)
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