GMDA plans to constitute committee to brainstorm reasons for flooding

By City Spidey
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Posted: Aug 30, 2018

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has decided to constitute a five-member committee including civil engineers, environmentalists and other experts to look into the reasons behind severe water logging which happened on Tuesday.

Not only the situation was worse on Tuesday but it was also the same on Wednesday as well. Many areas of the city were inundated after five hours of rain on Tuesday.

After the 128 mm rainfall, the underpasses at Hero Honda Chowk and parts of MG Road, Sohna Road, Golf Course Extension Road, and internal sector roads were severely water logged.

Lalit Arora, in-charge, water-sewer, as well as the superintending engineer of the GMDA, said that the panel will have officials from GMDA, Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and independent experts.

Arora said that the objective of having members from different areas is to look into the drainage faults from all angles. He added that the officials will work towards finding a sustainable solution to the problem.

“The proposal to constitute committee will be finalised within a day or two. After the heavy rains, we were busy in draining out water from Hero Honda Chowk, Khandsa and Subhash Chowk. It is now a challenge to overcome the current situation,” Arora added.

In 2012, the HSVP, which was then known as Haryana urban development authority (Huda), had zeroed down on 27 locations which were highly prone to water logging. These locations included Subhash Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk.

Arora said that they were successful in sorting out the problem of water logging at these locations. “We de-silted all our stormwater drains in May and June. However, we did not anticipate such heavy rain,” said Arora.

Arora also stressed on the need to revive rainwater harvesting in the city to prevent the rain run-off from flooding streets.

After the massing water logging of 2016 which resulted in 20-hour "Gurujam," many measures were proposed to keep the city free from water logging.

V Umashankar, chief executive officer (CEO), GMDA, said, “We have to find out the reason for the waterlogging at the Hero Honda Chowk underpass. We need to hold talks with the NHAI and find a lasting solution.”

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