People stuck in traffic for hours on national highway

The waterlogged Ambala-Chandigarh trunk road was choked with traffic, forcing commuters to wait over an hour to cover distances they would otherwise cover in 10 minutes.

Those traveling from Patiala to Chandigarh and Panchkula were stuck in traffic jams for two to three hours and the situation was similar for those heading to Zirakpur. The accumulated water level was pushing near the top of car tires and making it impossible for commuters on motorbikes and scooters.

Harpreet Kaur, a resident of Derabassi who was on a two-wheeler, said: “The cars are badly stuck in traffic and the two-wheelers just can’t ride in the rain. Usually it takes me a maximum of 10 minutes to cross Zirakpur, but it took me an hour today.

“It took me about two hours to cover a 200-meter stretch of road from Patiala to Chandigarh,” said Jasbir Singh Sodhi, a resident of Patiala stuck in the traffic jam. At the bright spot of Singhpura in Zirakpur, bikers were forced to wait under the shelters of the queues until the rain stopped. Traffic police officers tried to clear the traffic jam but the situation did not improve significantly. But by 1 p.m. the traffic jam had started to clear. In Mohali, many roads were blocked due to congestion. Heavy traffic jams were observed in Phase V, Phase VII and on the airport road. The road leading from phase VII to phase XI was blocked by a falling tree.

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