Thursday night brought harrowing experiences for many residents of the city who were stranded in the incessant rain and on waterlogged roads. People faced many difficulties on the way and reached their destinations hours late. HT caught up with three commuters to find out their experiences.
Vinod Sharma, veterinary doctor
Sharma has a pet clinic at Rajokri in New Delhi and was travelling to Rewari, 58 km from Gurgaon, on Thursday. He reached Hero Honda Chowk around 5pm. The normal travel time from Hero Honda Chowk to Rewari is one hour, but on Thursday, Sharma took 12 hours to cover the distance. For nine hours from 5pm till 2 am, he was stuck at Hero Honda Chowk. He finally took a detour and drove through Pataudi Road to reach Rewari.
Talking about the nine hours he spent at Hero Honda Chowk, Sharma said, “There was no movement. Around midnight, a group of frustrated people removed few jersey barriers and broke the iron fencing to go to the other side of the road which was free. They used the barriers to create an artificial slope for vehicles to leap across,” Sharma said.
Sanjiv Dosanjh, director of an IT company
Around 5pm, Dosanjh hired a cab from Sector 34 to go to his house in Sector 57, a distance of 10 km. The distance is normally covered in 20 minutes. But the journey took him three hours on Thursday.
The cab reached Sector 71 after an hour’s drive. Then the driver refused to go further as the roads were waterlogged.
“I got down and waited for public transport, but did not find any. Finally, the truck driver of a dairy company agreed to give me a lift after taking `300,” Dosanjh said.
Punit Khanna, MNC employee
Khanna was stuck at Subhash Chowk from 6 pm till midnight. Normally, it takes 18 minutes to travel the 11-km distance from Subhash Chowk to his house in DLF Phase 2.
“I ran out of patience and parked my car on the roadside, though it involved the risk of theft. I asked my brother to pick me up in his two-wheeler and reached home around 1am,” Khanna said.