“Cars Drowned, Roads Turned Into Rivers”: Delhi’s Monsoon Nightmare


Delhi recorded the best rainfall in 4 a long time.

Monsoon fury disrupted regular life throughout a number of North Indian states together with Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Extraordinarily heavy rainfall has precipitated waterlogging, swept automobiles away and washed away bridges in a number of states. 

India acquired 81% above regular rainfall on Sunday whereas Delhi recorded the best rainfall in 4 a long time.

In line with the climate division, Himachal Pradesh acquired 104 mm rainfall on Sunday, which was virtually 13 instances above regular. The only-day rainfall in Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir was round 9 instances above regular, whereas that in Punjab was over 12 instances above regular.

The extreme rain as soon as once more uncovered the state of civic infrastructure in our cities. Regardless of the tall claims made by the federal government and native our bodies, even metropolitan cities witnessed excessive waterlogging and visitors snarls over the past two days. As Delhi witnessed virtually incessant rainfall for 2 days, roads throughout town had been waterlogged, together with the one resulting in the capital’s PWD Minister Atishi.

Akshay Gautam, who works in Delhi’s Nehru Place, instructed NDTV his bike stopped after being submerged in knee-deep water in South Delhi’s Pamposh Enclave. It took him greater than 4 hours to get again dwelling as his bike stopped in the course of the street.

One other resident, Arun, stated he fell right into a deep puddle in East Delhi’s Shahdara. Arun added that folks in Shahdara haven’t even been capable of go to work due to inundated roads.

Yr after yr, the nationwide capital witnesses intense waterlogging in the course of the monsoons. Till final yr, the AAP authorities within the centre blamed the MCD for collapsing infrastructure within the metropolis because the BJP dominated the native physique. However in accordance with the residents, the waterlogging scenario has gotten worse after the AAP authorities took over.

Saurabh Gaur, a Delhi resident, stated he was caught on a waterlogged street and could not go to his mother-in-law who just lately underwent a surgical procedure. In a dialog with NDTV, he stated that the route from North Delhi’s Ashok Vihar to Burari, that often takes him round quarter-hour, took him two hours as we speak. Even after making it by way of the visitors, he could not go to his mother-in-law because the lane to her home was blocked. He added that the waterlogging was so intense that that a number of automobiles had been fully submerged. The AAP authorities in Delhi has been working a ‘Metropolis of Lakes’ challenge to revive the capital metropolis’s water our bodies. Saurabh, pointing to the waterlogging, questioned whether or not that is the ‘metropolis of lakes’ residents had been promised.

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