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Hyderabad Battered

by laxman
September 13th, 2007

waterJust two hours of heavy rain on a city already batered by waterlogging, massive potholes and closed roads turned Wednesday evening commuting into a nightmare of the worst kind with people getting stranded by the thousands at various arterial roads across Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Wednesday was by and large sunny and hot till the evening, when clouds closed in all of a sudden and the skies opened up resultling in about 4.2 cms of rain the heavy rain caught the evening rush hour traffic completely off guard. In Hyderabad, the closure of the stretch of road between Punjagutta crossroads and Nagarguna Circle virtually paralyed traffic from Ameerpet to Khairatabad on the one side and from Secretariat to Banjara Hills Road No1 on the other.

Adding to the chaos was the closure of a stretch of road from the Secretariat to the Prasad Imax rounda bout due to heavy waterlogging. Commuters returing to their homes in Srinagar Colony, Jubilee Hills and beyond, invaded the lanes and bylanes connecting Ameerpet to Srinagar Colony because of which the inner colony roads got jam packed with vehicles unable to move forward. As a result, those in four wheelers got struck for at least three hours at various places while those travelling in autos and on two- wheelers had to go through the ordeal for about two hours. Those on foot were the worst sufferers as they had to wade through knee deep water at many places and also bear with the slush hurled on them by passing vehicles. “Wednesday evening was a horror. ” I am seriously thinking of moving out of the city because of the traffic nightmare,” said Sanjeev Mehta, a businessman travelling in a Honda City. Such was the situation on the roads, including at some of the important junctions, that ‘rain hit’ traffic policemen too ran for cover.

A generator slipped from the Mehdipatnam flyover and the workers jumped out of it injuring themselves even as people started running across the streets. “this created panic around Mehdipatnam and the traffic virtually came to ahalt for two hours,” Addl Commissioner of police V S Kaumudi said.

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