Severe waterlogging plagues traffic; residents fear repeat of 2016 ‘Gurujam’

By City Spidey
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Posted: Aug 28, 2018

The rains on Tuesday caused severe waterlogging at most of the places including the Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon. After seeing the water logging, the residents feared that the city may see a repeat of 20-hour jam which happened in 2016.

The traffic police had blocked all the entry and exit points as there was severe waterlogging around Hero Honda Chowk.

A senior official with the highway operator, Skylark Pvt Ltd, Devender Chahar, said that they are keeping a close vigil at the situation. “Pumps have been installed to take out the water. The service lanes at Hero Honda Chowk have been blocked because of severe waterlogging,” he added.  

As per the Meteorological Department, Palam Vihar recorded around 27.3mm rain on Tuesday.

All the important intersections including the Iffco Chowk and IMT Chowk which are on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway have been inundated.

The accumulated water can also be seen at two carriageways and a service lane of the Expressway near Narsinghpura.

The waterlogging at Haldiram underpass was also confirmed by the highway operator. They said that the people have been restricted to go towards the underpass.

Most parts of the city, including the MDI Chowk, the sector4-7 dividing road, sectors 9 and 22, Hans Enclave near Rajiv Chowk and Sohna Road, among others, were also waterlogged as drizzling continued in the city.

The current situation is definitely not consistent with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram’s claims of cleaning all the drains ahead of the monsoon.

A resident of Malibue Towne in Sector 49, Nakul Dhiman, said that it took him 45 minutes to cover the distance of 2-km from Nirvana Country to Good Earth Mall. He said that the traffic police was also struggling to streamline the vehicular movements.

“Teams have been deployed and are taking control of the situation in places from where they have received complaints, such as the Golf Course Road, Sector 56 roundabout, HUDA Metro station and Sector 17/18 diving road. The situation is under control but traffic diversion is planned and there are traffic congestions at several parts,” Gurugram commissioner of police, KK Rao said.

“MCG officers are on the ground to deal with the waterlogged spots. Water has started to recede in most areas,” MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav said.

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