Sudden dust storm brings Delhi-NCR to standstill; many trees uprooted

By Avishek Dubey
Photo: Samrat Roy
Posted: May 13, 2018

As per the prediction by India Meteorological Department (IMD), gusty winds caused dust storm in Delhi-NCR on Sunday. The Delhi-NCR region witnessed sudden change in weather around 4.30 pm in the evening.

After the dust storm, Noida and other adjoining areas have also started to receive moderate rains. The dust storm brought the city to standstill as winds were blowing at a rapid pace. People, who were travelling outside, had to face lots of problems.

In most of the places, the power supply was discontinued as and when dust storm hit the city. Many trees were uprooted because of the gusty winds. The magnitude of dust storm forced people to take shelters wherever they were. People travelling by Metro got stuck at the stations.

Ramesh Shekhar, RWA member of Sector-22 said that a tree had fallen near the red light of Sector-22/55.

“Due to this, the road got blocked. People had to take the U-turn and then take the wrong way to go to their destination. For the last 30 minutes, no traffic police and concerned authorities came to remove the tree and clear the blockage,” Shekhar said.

When City Spidey contacted Layak Singh, traffic inspector, he said that a team was sent immediately to clear the road and it will be cleared as soon as possible.

Harinder Bhatti, a resident of Greater Noida said that in Sector-Beta 1, trees fell in front of the houses but fortunately no one was injured.

Rajeev Garg, RWA president of Sector-27 said that when the thunderstorm hit the city at around 4.30 pm, the power supply was cut for an hour and the trees also fell in the Sector.

“The high rise in Noida Extension also witnessed power cut for more than one hour and societies are running DG set to meet the demand,” Vikas Kumar, a resident of Panchsheel Society in Noida Extension.

Metro services on Line-3 between Noida Sector-16 to Noida City Centre was discontinued since 5:15 pm due to damage to Overhead Equipment (OHE) on down section (going towards Noida). A tree had fallen on wire on this section.

"Services on the rest of the sections of Line-3 are running normal and normalcy will be restored on affected sections as soon as OHE is restored by maintenance team. Normal services restored between Noida City Centre to Noida Sector-16 section from 6:50 pm onwards," said an official of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

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