While officials said the water was drained immediately, two other underpasses near the Supreme Court and Bhairon Mandir remained waterlogged for a few hours.
Asked about the congestion in the tunnel, a PWD official said, “There was no congestion at Pragati Maidan even today and earlier. This tunnel is surrounded by a watershed and has a depth of 527 meters. It is natural that if there is a slope, the water will flow down… There are about seven sumps located at different points; the water flows there and is pumped…”
Regarding the congestion of the two underground passages, the official added: “These are not yet open to the public. The traffic police asked us to open the underpasses one by one so that they can observe the traffic movement as commuters are confused with the routes. As these are not operational, the pump system has not been activated. »
Under the Pragati Maidan Corridor Development Plan, six underpasses and one tunnel have been proposed. While an underpass at the Bhairon Marg intersection is under construction, the tunnel and five underpasses were opened in June. A PWD official said that currently only Sher Shah Suri Road and DPS underpasses on Mathura Road are open.
Aalap Patel, DCP (Traffic), said: “The Pragati Maidan tunnel is closed to traffic on Sunday so that pedestrians can use it as an art gallery, as the Prime Minister mentioned earlier. We do not issue any closing orders but simply regulate traffic accordingly. All orders must come from the PWD, which is the custodian, and from the ITPO, which is the owner.
He also said traffic police had not issued any orders to close underpasses on Mathura Road.