The photograph of a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus submerged below the Minto Bridge in New Delhi has gone viral with people commenting on the sad state of affairs of the national capital’s civic infrastructure.

Waterlogging was witnessed in many parts of Delhi-NCR after heavy rains battered the region on Friday afternoon. While the showers brought respite to many from the humid spell, it exposed, once again, the dismal condition of the roads and drainage system in India’s power centre.

The bus – a low-floor, air-conditioned vehicle – was photographed in the middle of Minto Bridge, with only the roof visible.

 

Delhi Bus submerged Minto Bridge
(Photo: IANS)

 

Curious onlookers gathered around the Minto Bridge, a notorious catchment area in the city, to catch a glimpse of the alarming situation.

There were seven to eight occupants in the low-floor bus when it got stranded. All of them were rescued by the Delhi Fire Service.

Questions are being raised as to why the driver tried to drive the bus through the water. In a video posted on Facebook, a man inside the bus is heard saying that the water level was not high when the driver tried to navigate through it.

Many took to Twitter to criticise the government for not taking note of waterlogging during the monsoon season which creates familiar sights, such as winding traffic jams, on the roads of the national capital every year. Some others compared the Delhi incident to the recent scenes of waterlogging in Mumbai.

 

Minto Bridge is located next to the posh Connaught Place market and the Minto Road underneath is situated at a very low elevation leading to waterlogging there year after year.

Several areas in Delhi faced waterlogging as heavy rains lashed the national capital forcing many people to wade through knee-deep water.

In north Delhi, waterlogging was reported at over 30 places, including in Mukherjee Nagar, Nehru Vihar, Outram Lines, Adarsh Nagar, Shashtri Nagar and Inderpuri, civic officials said.

In south Delhi, waterlogging was reported from at least eight places, including in Vasant Kunj, Neb Serai, Jasola, Pragati Maidan Gate number four and Malviya Nagar’s Tikona Park.

Two trees were uprooted in south Delhi in the rains while one got uprooted in north Delhi’s Keshav Puram area.

According to the Safdarjung observatory, the recordings of which are considered official figures for Delhi, the city received 52.4 mm of rain between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.

Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar observatories recorded 14.2 mm, 44.2 mm, 118.4 mm and 71.4 mm of rain respectively during that period.

Waterlogging was also reported from areas around the Mayapuri flyover, Naraina flyover, Bhairon Marg, Airport Road, Mathura Road, Moolchand underpass, Chhatarpur metro station, Baba Khadak Singh Marg, Defence Colony flyover and Shadipur metro station, forcing commuters to navigate through knee-deep water.

But, not everyone cursed the waterlogging in their areas, as many children and youth ventured out and made merry as the heavens opened up.