Moments after the Delhi traffic police announced on Twitter that a portion of Press Enclave Road in south Delhi caved in, microbloggers outraged over the condition of the national capital’s roads after heavy rainfall over a course of the week.
On Thursday, heavy rain lashed Delhi as the city has been witnessing unusual March rainfall due to a trough over Northwest Rajasthan.
Announcing the cave-in near the near Hauz Rani red light on Twitter, the police also advised commuters to avoid the stretch. “Road has caved-in near Hauz Rani Red Light on Press Enclave Road due to which traffic may remain affected from Saket Court towards PTS, Malviya Nagar,” it tweeted.
The police also tweeted a picture in which a non-AC Delhi Transport Corporation bus is seen stuck at the portion where the road caved in.
Workers undertaking repairs of the road stretch can also be seen. Several areas in south Delhi witnessed waterlogging following heavy rain that lashed the national capital on Thursday.
The tweet received angry responses from Twitterati, a few of whom also spoke of similar roads that needed repair work in Delhi. Several followers criticised the Delhi government and the Public Works Department for the “poor infrastructure”, especially ahead of the G20 Summit.
Same thing is happening on Janakpuri district Center road. It’s just patched up using jugard again and again. There is another patch being filled up today as well.
— Mahesh Nanda (@maheshmaxnanda) March 31, 2023
Wah kya sadak banai hai, kya aisi hoti hai London waali road?
— Ashish Chopra (@AshishC25259476) March 31, 2023
Very shameful PWD and cm Delhi
— Dr jeet yadav (@jeetsinghyadav1) March 31, 2023
Great this is the preparation for G-29 Summit.
Mr. Kejriwal this is your Singapore. City .
— Tarak nath chatterjee (@chatterjeetn8) March 31, 2023
Meanwhile, the PWD replied to the post saying that the repair work is in progress and attached two photos with it.
Sir, the work is in progress. pic.twitter.com/fHoYpL3mWC
— PWD Delhi (@DelhiPwd) March 31, 2023
As heavy rain lashed Delhi on Thursday, waterlogging was reported from several areas which led to traffic jams across the city. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rain in the city and its adjoining areas today.
The national capital’s roads and lanes still bear the signs of Thursday’s rain, with Delhi reporting 16 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Strong winds followed by a thunderstorm hit the city for the second consecutive day on Thursday.
(With PTI inputs)