Watch: Day after half-hour of gale havoc in Jamia, university works to put its house in order
A few hours after gale wreaked havoc on the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia with several trees getting uprooted in the strong wind and rain which lashed Delhi on Monday, the university’s horticulture department had a busy day.
Besides, a wall of outer portion of Dr Zakir Husain, third President of India, had also caved in. Several electric poles were seen tilted on the road which links Jamia to Ghaffor Nagar, said residents, adding that trees were also damaged.
With school entrance test on Tuesday morning the residents faced huge traffic jam. A resident said the traffic jam was too long and to reach the exam centre on time at Jamia, he and his son had to walk for more than half kilometer.
In Lutyens’ Delhi, Monday’s thunderstorm uprooted 77 trees.
“A total of 77 trees were uprooted last evening during the severe storm while 58 big branches fell, blocking several roads in NDMC areas. All roads have been cleared,” a senior NDMC official told PTI.
“Most of the uprooted trees were on Baba Kharak Singh Road (six), while Parliament Street lost five neem trees. Maximum tree branches fell on Moti Lal Nehru Marg (12), followed by Golf Link (eight),” the official added.
“Some of these trees were very old but the team is yet to ascertain if any trees with heritage tags were lost. A damage report will soon be compiled,” the official said, adding that heritage trees are commonly those which are above 80 years old.
The NDMC’s control room received over 160 complaint calls about uprooted trees and blocked roads.