Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, August 9
Heavy downpour which lasted for only about two hours in the morning made life of Jalandhar residents difficult.
Worst-affected were the commuters who were going from PAP Chowk to Rama Mandi area on the national highway as it turned into a virtual ‘swimming pool’.
Since there are deep craters near the site of an under-construction over-bridge, the motorists could not assess them in the flooded road.
The vehicles got badly broken and many stopped moving ahead. Many residents had to seek help from passersby to pull their vehicles out of the potholes.
The plight of scores of vegetable sellers who had arranged their stuff during open mandi at Partap Bagh too remained pitiable.
As it poured heavily all of a sudden, they could not repack their stuff in time and their vegetables got washed away in the rainwater.
Others kept elevating the level of their vegetable baskets. As water levels did not recede till the afternoon, many of them chose to go back.
Even those who remained behind had a bad day as there were very few buyers till the evening.
The lawyers, litigants and visitors to the district courts too had an awful time. The entire compound remained water-filled and lawyers had to take rickshaw from car parking within the compound to reach the covered veranda of the complex, just about 15 metres away.
The rickshaw pullers, however, had a good day as they earned well offering this short service at a premium.
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