The first widespread monsoon showers on Friday in the tricity brought considerable relief from the sultry weather as the temperature took a sharp plunge. Chandigarh experienced 31mm of rain on Friday. As per the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, more rain is expected over the next three days.
The Met centre said the rain prompted the maximum day temperature to take a dip to settle at 30.4 degrees Celsius, against 34.7 degrees on Thursday. The temperature on Friday was five notches below normal.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 27.7 degrees Celsius.
In its forecast, the Met centre has predicted cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thundershowers. “One or two spells may be heavy,” the centre observed. The maximum temperature over the next three days may settle around 32 degrees Celsius and minimum around 24 degrees, the centre said.
WATERLOGGING AFFECTS LIFE
The heavy showers led to waterlogging in some areas, affecting normal life. Traffic snarls could be observed at rotaries and roads dividing sectors, especially in Sectors 9, 16, 17, 34, 35 and 37.
The worst affected were the road leading from Attawa village to Sector 35, Sectors 43, 44 and 45, Sector 22, Palsora village, Burail and Sector 29 iron market.
Localities in some southern sectors were flooded because of blocked road gullies. Rainwater even entered some houses and shops at Attawa village, where residents were seen struggling to save their household items from getting wet.
The low-lying stretches in the Industrial Area near the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking workshop were inundated and the motorists had a tough time in crossing the area.
SAD-BJP councillor Hardeep Singh said, “The first widespread rain of the season has exposed the MC’s claim. We have failed to understand why the civic body start the work late when they have a huge budget at their disposal? It seems that the authorities have not learnt any lesson from the past.”
FAULTY DRAINAGE GIVES JITTERS TO MOHALI RESIDENTS
The municipal corporation of SAS Nagar has failed to upgrade the drainage system to tackle the monsoons. On Friday, waterlogging was a common sight in Phases 3B1, 3B2, 4 and 5. Due to waterlogging in front of JLPL Society road towards new airport, commuters were forced to take the Banur road.
In 2008, the MC had claimed that a proposal to upgrade the drainage system in SAS Nagar under Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission had been approved and an effective drainage system would be in place before the next monsoon. But nothing has been done seven years down the line.
MC commissioner of SAS Nagar, Uma Shankar Gupta, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
TRAFFIC JAMS IN PANCHKULA
Heavy rain in Panchkula threw normal life out of gear on Friday. The water got accummulated across the city, leading to long traffic jams. The rain continued for two hours from 3pm to 5pm. Most of the roundabouts in the city and villages were the worst affected. At some places, water was knee-deep.
The waterlogging exposed the tall claims of HUDA of making elaborate arrangements for the monsoon season.