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Gurgaon traffic crawling back to normalcy

gurgaon Updated: Jul 31, 2016 00:43 IST
Gulam Jeelani
Gulam Jeelani
Hindustan Times

Traffic on main roads of Gurgaon was smoother on Saturday as there were fewer vehicles due to it being a weekend. (Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)

Jams that left Gurgaon roads girdlocked for two days eased on Saturday. Light rain in the morning and heavy showers post noon, however, slowed down traffic movement.

Following the downpour in the afternoon, Gurgaon police advised heavy vehicles from Delhi to take alternative routes.

“The Met Dept informs heavy rains till 4pm in Gurgaon. Heavy Transport Vehicles may take alternate routes and not enter from Delhi side today,” tweeted police from their official handle @gurgaonpolice.

Since morning, traffic movement on main roads of Gurgaon, including the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, was smoother as there were fewer vehicles due to it being a weekend. This was in sharp contrast to the past two days when long tailbacks were witnessed on Gurgaon roads due to waterlogging on NH-8.

Better deployment of police personnel on roads also contributed to the smoother traffic movement on Saturday. Senior police officials, including commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk, were seen near Hero Honda Chowk, the epicentre of the chaos.

Soon after the morning rain, there was a snarl on Sohna Road around 11 am. But it was cleared by afternoon.

“I was stuck near Vatika Chowk for half an hour. There were no police personnel,” said Subhash Singh, a resident.

Police, however, claimed that the road was cleared after a minor blockade.

A Gurgaon police spokesperson said traffic was smooth across Gurgaon, though a spell of rain in the morning led to snarls on arterial roads in Gurgaon, including Sohna Road.

At 1:10pm, Gurgaon police Twitter handle said traffic moved slowly on all roads of Gurgaon.

“Traffic smooth at all places in Gurgaon,” tweeted Gurgaon police.

At Hero Honda Chowk, water was being pumped out and repair work carried out on Saturday.

In the city, roads and bylanes in many localities were submerged after the two spells of rain. Waterlogging was reported from areas such as DLF phases, Bristol Chowk, Golf Course Road, Vatika Chowk, Iffco Chowk and Mahavir Chowk.

Gurgaon police identified 14 points across the city prone to jams due to waterlogging. Police personnel, including, inspector-rank officers, will be deployed round-the-clock to monitor traffic in these areas.

“Fourteen crucial points have been chosen mainly on NH8 and NH248A and personnel will be deployed 24x7,” said police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk.

He said while there was no jam, traffic movement was slow in Gurgaon on Saturday.