Overnight rain throws traffic out of gear

Waterlogged potholes add to commuters’ woes; city expected to receive heavy rainfall for the next three days

Published: 26th September 2017 02:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2017 07:31 AM   |  A+A-

A tree fell on a car on National College Road in Jayanagar 7th Block; a man protects himself from rain as he walks on a waterlogged road;

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: After a lull for a few days, rains were back to haunt city residents and commuters on Monday. Traffic tangles were witnessed at several places across the city, courtesy waterlogged potholes and Monday morning traffic.The rainfall started in the wee hours of Monday around 12.30 am and continued throughout the night in some areas. Majestic and Gandhi Nagar recieved heavy rainfall.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Bengaluru Urban district will receive heavy rainfall for the next three days.About one foot of water got collected inside Annamma temple near Gandhi Nagar by Monday morning. Due to the ongoing festival, devotees had a tough time at the ancient temple.
In several areas, the timing of the rainfall caused traffic to worsen during the morning peak hours, especially at KR Puram, Koramangala, Hebbal, Mysore Road and Basavanagudi.

According to the Twitter handle of Bengaluru Traffic Police, waterlogged potholes caused traffic congestion at Sagar Junction near Bannerghatta Road, Jnanabharati Junction on Mysore Road, Le Meridian underpass, Sony World Junction and Chalukya Junction. A tree fell at Jayanagar 7th block. According to BBMP, two trees were uprooted in the South Zone, while waterlogging was reported on roads in Gandhi Nagar and Ejipura.

Several parts of Bengaluru received moderate (7.6 to 35.5 mm) to rather heavy rainfall (35.6 to 64.5 mm) rainfall on Monday morning. While moderate rainfall was recorded in 33 stations within Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits, 45 stations received rather heavy rainfall. In Bengaluru, highest rainfall was recorded in Bagalkunte (80 mm) and Shettihalli (73.5 mm) rainfall.The Met department says South West Monsoon showers are also expected to lash other districts of South Interior Karnataka region.

Heavy rains delay trains
Heavy rains affected construction work undertaken by Railways to create a signal-free corridor lane at Okalipuram, which resulted in the delay of seven trains arriving or departing from Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station on Monday. Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Railway Division, R S S Saxena told Express that a portion of earth where the work was going on gave way. “We had to undertake Block work and strengthen the portion,” he said.

Lakshman Singh, Senior Divisional Engineer, Constructions, South Western Railway, said the blockage was effected from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.  Four Express trains and three Passenger trains were delayed by at least 30 minutes. Services were restored to normalcy by late afternoon. Vishwamanava Express, Arisikere-KSR Passenger  and Hindupur-KSR Passenger trains were among those effected.

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