Two hours of heavy rain on Monday evening belied all claims of the SAS Nagar administration on monsoon preparedness as roads in SAS Nagar got waterlogged and water gushed into houses in various areas.
Owing to waterlogging, a software engineer was electrocuted in Mataur village. Jai Parkash (23), a software engineer working in Chandigarh and staying as a paying guest in SAS Nagar, was electrocuted while crossing a waterlogged road when, after suffering an electricity shock, he fell on a generator. His body has been sent to civil hospital for post-mortem.
The old drainage system of SAS Nagar virtually collapsed as the roads got inundated and the cars of many commuters were stuck, leading to long traffic jams. The roads in most parts of the town were waterlogged, while complaints of water entering into houses were reported from Phase 3B2, Phase 5 and Phase 4. The water was up to 3 feet deep on roads in Sector 71 and industrial area.
Water and sanitation department officials blamed GMADA for ignoring the drainage system while constructing new roads. The water flows from GMADA sectors to Sohana side, but while constructing roads, no provision was made for the disposal of storm water.
The plaster of Paris of the ceiling of an under-construction floor of the hostel at Chandigarh College of Engineering, Landran fell down owing to heavy rain when six girls were having dinner. No one was hurt.
Water enters houses
"The authorities have failed to provide a solution to waterlogging. With two hours of rain, the roads get flooded and water gushes into houses. GMADA's senseless development has made things worse. The drainage system needs to be upgraded, but nothing is being done about it," said Kuljeet Singh Bedi, a resident of Phase 3B2 and a former councillor.
"Owing to mindless construction of roads, the water entered houses in Phase 4. GMADA, while making the new road, did not keep in mind the natural slope. The height of the slip roads as well as the main road has been raised, which has obstructed the natural flow of water," said Harvinder Singh, a resident of Phase 4.
"Waterlogging in Phase 11 is an age-old problem, but the authorities have failed to solve it. Every year, they get a survey done and promise to improve the drainage system, but all their assurances are an eyewash," rued Rama Devi of Phase 11.
Cars break down
Commuters had a harrowing time on Monday night as many cars and two-wheelers broke down on waterlogged roads. "I am stuck at the PTL lights for the past 15 minutes. The road is flooded and traffic has come to a halt," said Amanpreet, a resident of Chandigarh working in a company in industrial area, SAS Nagar.
Flooded roads cause jams in Chandigarh
The rain resulted in waterlogging in various parts of Chandigarh. Traffic jams were witnessed at rotaries and several roads, especially in Sectors 34, 35, 9, 37, 16 and 17.
Madhya Marg, all inner roads of sectors, Industrial Area (near CTU workshop), Sector 35 (near Hotel South End), Chandigarh-Panchkula road (near housing board lights) and Colony no. 4 and 5 were flooded too. The worst affected areas where knee-deep water accumulated were the Attawa-Sector 35 road, Sectors 43, 44, 45 and 22, the iron market in Sector 29, Palsora village and Burail. Roads in some southern sectors were also flooded because of blocked road gullies.
SAD-BJP councillor Malkait Singh, whose area was the worst affected, said, "I do not know how the officials will tackle the rain in coming days. Just a two-hour spell created a flood-like situation on Monday. In Sector 41, residents had to wade through knee-deep water. Water entered several houses in Badheri village."
According to Met officials, the city recorded 19.7 mm of rainfall. They predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in the next two days.
The worst affected areas in Panchkula were Sectors 2, 3, 7, 10, 12, 12A and industrial area phase I and II. Water entered houses in Abheypur village and Rajiv Colony.