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Rain throws traffic out of gear in city

Staff Reporter

Sharp shower ends in chaos on the roads



BUMPER TO BUMPER: The traffic jam on the Khairatabad flyover following the sudden rain on Monday evening. — Photo: D.Gopalakrishnan

HYDERABAD: Half an hour of rain was all that was required to throw the traffic in the city off track on Monday evening.

With the clouds opening up just when office-goers were leaving for home, a few inundated roads and two-wheelers rushing to escape from being drenched threw the traffic at several spots in the city into chaos.

Within half an hour, horns were blaring, accompanied by expletives and angry exchanges, on the major thoroughfares.

Problem areas hit

As the rain continued, the situation only worsened in the usual problem areas like the Begumpet stretch, Panjagutta and Karkhana, to name a few places.

On the Begumpet stretch, the narrow portion of the road at the spot where work on the Rasoolpura skywalk is going on had a role in slowing down the traffic, while in Karkhana, it was the partly inundated road that did the damage.

Two-wheelers and autorickshaws trying to avoid the inundated portion of the road crammed the busy road further and in the process slowed down the entire traffic behind for almost a kilometre. Buses and a few lorries that tried to wriggle out of the snail-paced column of vehicles only made matters worse. At Panjagutta and near the Rajiv Gandhi circle towards Greenlands, it was the curtailed road due to the ongoing flyover works that played the villain. However, at both spots, the traffic was soon brought under control by policemen.

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