Gurgaon: MCG measures checks rain chaos, but evening downpour plays spoiler
During the day, traffic police were present in good numbers to ensure key junctions, which often are often plagued by waterlogging, remain motorablegurgaon Updated: Jun 28, 2017 22:01 IST
A brief but heavy spell of rain on Wednesday provided Gurgaon residents a much-needed respite from the unusually high humidity and heat of the past few days.
Given that the city junctions, especially those on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, have a tendency to go under water even at the slightest hint of a rain, traffic police personnel were present in large numbers on the expressway to ensure that the shower did not throw traffic out of gear.
On June 19, after 5mm rainfall (figures by IMD), the Hero Honda Chowk had flooded, derailing traffic for over three hours on the expressway. Most commuters took over two hours to cover the Rajiv Chowk-Manesar stretch of about 15km.
In days that followed, 19 motor pumps were placed at the Hero Honda Chowk to prevent waterlogging in future. These pumps came in handy on Wednesday, when the city received 6mm of rain in an hour, and helped keep vehicles moving at the chowk, traffic personnel said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials have predicted more rain in the coming days. It is expected to last till the weekend when the monsoon is due to hit Delhi-NCR.
“The Palam observatory recorded 6mm rainfall on Wednesday afternoon. Weather conditions are expected to remain the same till the weekend,” an IMD official said.
Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) commissioner V Umashankar, who is in charge of the waterlogging crisis, said motor pumps are effective in draining out water from Hero Honda Chowk and said the situation will improve by next month.
“The MCG had set a target of July 15 to complete monsoon preparation work and we are on target to clean drains and install motor pumps at key junction across the city to minimize waterlogging,” Umashankar said.
As soon as rain started around 1pm, traffic police said they deputed personnel at Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Signature Towers, on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Golf Course Road, Cyber City Road and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road to monitor traffic and put out regular updates about the traffic situation on social media handles.
“Police are on the alert regarding problems that arise during the rains and officials have been deputed strategically at key traffic junctions to ensure roads remain snarl-free. Hence, there was minimum disruption to traffic today (Wednesday),” police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said.
Pre-monsoon showers last week had led to waterlogging across the city on two occasions.
For commuters, the rain was a better experience than the last time.
“The last time it rained, it took me more than 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach Manesar. Today, there was a significant presence of traffic police on Rajiv Chowk till Kherki Daula, which ensured that movement on the stretch remained smooth,” Sudha Kumar, a resident of DLF Phase 5, said.
“The rainfall two weeks ago had crippled traffic at Hero Honda Chowk. I could cover only 100m in nearly one hour owing to heavy waterlogging. Today, it was a breeze through the junction without any trouble,” Anaita Kaul, a resident of DLF Phase 4, said.
On June 19, excessive waterlogging at Hero Honda Chowk had crippled traffic. Similarly, on June 16, waterlogging across the city had traffic disrupted for nearly seven hours.
Following these two crises, in a joint meeting of the Gurgaon police, the Haryana urban development authority and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), it was decided that departments would coordinate their efforts and depute officials in a timely manner to minimise disruption caused by rain.