Okhla underpass in Delhi waterlogged, traffic movement restricted

The Delhi Traffic Police restricted movement at the Okhla underpass on June 30 due to waterlogging caused by heavy rainfall. They advised commuters to plan their journeys accordingly. This follows an incident on June 29 when a 60-year-old man drowned in the underpass. The heavy rains on Friday and Saturday led to waterlogging and significant traffic jams in various parts of Delhi.

On social media platform X, the traffic police announced the restrictions at the underpass, which disrupted regular commuters and extended travel times. One commuter mentioned, “I’ve never seen this route get waterlogged before. The route above the underpass is also closed, and now I have to find another way to reach Crown Plaza.” Another commuter said he had been searching for an alternate route after being stuck in traffic for several hours near the underpass.

A video showing water from the moat flooding into the Red Fort complex has gone viral on social media. Due to the forecast of heavy rains until Tuesday, civic bodies have increased manpower and equipment deployment to manage waterlogging and have kept field units on high alert.

On Friday, Delhi experienced 228.1 mm of rainfall, the highest in June since 1936, which submerged many parts of the city and resulted in multiple deaths. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an “orange alert” for heavy rains in Delhi until July 2.

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