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Heavy rains cause waterlogging, traffic snarls in Delhi

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New Delhi, Aug 31 : Heavy rains on Wednesday morning caused waterlogging in many areas and massive traffic gridlocks in the national capital, stranding people on the roads.

Traffic helpline officials told that they were flooded with calls of snarls and waterlogging across the city.

“Reports of heavy traffic congestion and vehicles being stuck on roads are coming from different parts of the city since morning. We have till now received more than 100 calls of traffic jams and waterlogging,” an official of the traffic helpline said.

Though the heavy rains made the weather pleasant with the minimum temperature settling 26 degree Celsius, one notch below the season’s average, it derailed traffic movement across several stretches. Commuters had a tough time reaching their destinations.

Bhanu Srivastava, an engineer, told IANS that most of the roads leading to Noida from Delhi were flooded and there was a pile up of vehicles on the roads.

“I left from my house in Lakshmi Nagar around 9 a.m. for Noida. It took me over one-and-a-half hour to reach office in Noida Sector 11 where I barely reach in 30 minutes on normal days,” Srivastava said.

Many commuters shared their frustration of getting stuck in traffic gridlocks on Twitter.

“As lovely as the pouring rain looks from the office or house window. One can only imagine the plight of people on the road,” Nandia Kodesia tweeted.

“Morning bliss with Delhi rains but will have to deal with traffic jam later,” Arpit Gupta tweeted.

“Rain in the morning really gives relief but again filled with anger and frustration as stuck for hours on waterlogged roads and heavy traffic jam. It is irritating,” Manshi Shukla tweeted.

Terrible traffic snarls were seen on roads heading to Gurgaon — which again came to a standstill — and the airport.

Places hit by massive traffic congestion due to waterlogging include Moti Bagh, Wazirabad, Pragati Maidan, Azad Market, the stretch between IIT-Delhi and Munirka, Chirag Dilli, Punjabi Bagh, Karol Bagh, Dwarka, Shastri Park, Seelampur, Ghazipur, Najafgarh, the Nangloi-Mundka road, the Dhaula Kuan flyover, Greater Kailash II market, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, Barapullah flyover towards DND, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar and Sarai Kale Khan.

The Met department said the city received 3.9 mm rain till 8.30 a.m.

“The sky will be generally cloudy throughout the day,” an official of the India Meteorological Department said.

The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 32 degree Celsius

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Situation in Delhi under control after COVID-19 lockdown 4 : Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi, 25 May : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday (May 25, 2020) said that the situation in the national capital is under control and his government is ready to deal with any kind of situation that comes in front of them.

Kejriwal, also stressed that even after several relaxations given in the fourth phase of COVID-19-induced lockdown the number of cases didn’t see any unusual rise.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal informed that around 3,500 COVID-19 cases were reported since the fourth-phase of the lockdown began.

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Cleared Shaheen Bagh, booked violators: Delhi Police

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New Delhi, 24 March : In view of the complete lockdown in the national capital to thwart the COVID-19 spread, Delhi Police cleared the protest site in Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday and detained some protesters.

Deputy Commissioner of Police R. P. Meena said, “Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters.”

The Delhi Police also said, “All protest sites have been cleared — Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well.”

Sources in Delhi Police said, “A team of senior police officers reached the site at 6.45 a.m. First, they tried to pacify the protesters. At that time around a dozen persons were present. Usually, very few women protesters remain there during the mornings. And because of the lockdown, their number already was very less.”

The police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents.

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Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as CM for third time, Calls it Delhi’s WIN

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New Delhi, 16 Feb : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday took oath as Delhi Chief Minister for the third time at the Ramlila Maidan here.

Common man runs Delhi, not politicians: Kejriwal

Third time Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his swearing in ceremony on Sunday asserted he would work for the next five years in coordination with the Centre without discriminating against those who did not support his party during the recently-concluded Delhi Assembly polls.

Junior Kejriwal steals the show at swearing-in

While Arvind Kejriwal was busy taking oath for the third time as Delhi Chief Minister, ‘junior Kejriwal’ stole the show at Ramlila ground, drawing attention from the large crowd.

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