City in limbo as roads remain waterlogged, rain to continue

  • Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 23:23 IST

The five centimetre rain on Sunday washed away the Millennium City and caused havoc by creating potholes, cave-ins, damaging saplings and leading to long traffic snarls due to waterlogging in many areas.

Commuters were stranded on the roads for hours, trying to cross stretches that were knee-deep water, and risking their vehicles. Many residents missed scheduled meetings, offices, flights and other important works. “I missed an important meeting with a foreign delegation due to complete traffic jam in the heavy waterlogged road in DLF Phase-3. We got injured while crossing the flooded roads. We are already facing acute traffic problems in the city as well as at every point connecting to the NH-8. We are helpless,” said CD Mittal, a resident of DLF Phase-3.

The meteorological department has predicted heavy rains ahead. The monsoon this year is more intense, than any observed in the past few years.

A large number of saplings planted on median dividers were washed away, besides various nurseries and gardens. The water poured into basements from the roads, in the absence of proper drainage systems. In multi-storey buildings, machinery had to be used to pump out the water. “We deployed three heavy motors to pump the water out from basements where vehicles were parked. The water also entered the cars,” an administrator of a multi-storey commercial building, said.

The officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Public Works Department, Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation and District hydrology department are fumbling over the mess caused due to the rains.

“The drainage system is completely blocked, natural drains are encroached, and there is no regular system of cleaning the stormwater drains by the civic bodies, though the issues has been raised many times in the monthly district-level meetings,” said a senior official of the district hydrology dept.

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