A three-hour downpour brought the city to a standstill on Tuesday. Commuters and pedestrians ran for cover, seeking shelter under trees, roofs and bus stops. Waterlogged roads and snarls were outcomes of the torrential rain.
The rain that started around 12: 30pm, however, brought residents relief from the heat and humidity.
Contrary to the usual, on Tuesday, rain started from sectors 4,5, Sheetla Mata road and adjoining areas in old Gurgaon and spread towards Palam Vihar, Sector 22, 23 and Udyog Vihar. Normally, the pattern is that it rains in areas close to the Aravallis first and moves westwards to old Gurgaon. All these areas were waterlogged after the downpour.
In Sector 45, a road caved in and a school bus and a truck were stuck in the hole, leading to snarls.
“The entire city is waterlogged and a number of school buses are stuck because of this unexpected downpour,” Deepak Sharma, who waiting for the his child’s school bus said. Many women and senior citizens were also seen crowding bus shelters, waiting for school buses.
Roads and by-lanes in several localities were submerged because of choked drains. Areas such as DLF phases, Bristol Chowk, Golf Course Road, Signature Tower, Sector 15, Sikanderpur and Mahavir Chowk were flooded.
Pedestrians were seen wading through knee-deep water in many areas.
“The whole city is waterlogged after a three-hour spell of rain. No one cares about the plight of residents,” Vishal Sharma, a commuter who was trying to negotiate the waterlogged road near Signature Tower, said.
Ravinder Yadav, an AC mechanic, stuck at Sector 4/5 roundabout said he has never seen such heavy rain in Gurgaon. “There was no rain on old Delhi-Gurgaon road and Dundahera, but this area (Sector 4/5) is submerged,” Kumar said.
The rain also affected the movement of Kanwarias as the corridor dedicated to them on the service lane of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was flooded.
In Old city, Sheetla Mata road, railway road and Sector 5 were submerged
The rain started around 1.30 pm along the NH-8 and in sectors 28, 29, 31 and MG road. Many areas in Sector 31, near Bhaktawar Chowk to Medanta - The Medicity hospital were also waterlogged.
A number of two-wheelers and cars also broke down during the rain.
Though snarls were reported all along the expressway, the worst affected was a two-kilometre stretch from South City to Iffco Chowk, where traffic on service lanes and the main carriageway crawled because of waterlogging.
Local legislator Umesh Agarwal said, “It happens every time after rain. The situation will be normal as soon as the rain water recedes.”