Like every monsoon, Hero Honda Chowk has kept its date with perennial waterlogging as heavy rains lashed the city on Friday, even as the departments concerned passed the buck to each other.
In their pre-monsoon assurances, officials had promised that all possible steps would be taken to ensure that water does not stagnate in the service lanes of Hero Honda Chowk and flows into the Badshahpur drain through Khandsa.
The problem, however, has returned to haunt commuters and pedestrians with the latest spell of showers.
“All claims have fallen flat. Whenever it rains, water stagnates here. This has been happening ever since the expressway came into operation. It is a big shame for the Gurgaon administration,” said a commuter, whose car got stuck in a pothole in the service lane.
The service lanes between Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda are a lifeline for autos and pedestrians.
Various departments in the past have been entrusted with the responsibility to look into the problem, but met with no success.
“The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), DSC Constructions Ltd (the expressway operator), Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) are responsible for the mess,” rued a resident. When HT approached these departments, they all washed their hands of.
“We have installed motors to pump out water but clogging at the last discharge point (near Khandsa drain) does not allow water to flow into the drain. It is the responsibility of the local administration,” said a DSC Constructions spokesperson.
Huda, which manages the Khandsa drain, recently made some arrangements to make the flow of water smooth. However, all its efforts have clearly gone down the drain.
“If water stagnates in drains and the service lanes of highways, it is not Huda's fault. There is no problem at the Khandsa drain and it is functioning properly,” said RK Kakkar, superintending engineer (SE-1), Huda.
The expressway operator claims to have taken up the matter with the Gurgaon administration time and again. “There is no fault with our drains… this issue should be resolved by the local administration,” said a spokesperson.