In pics: Year after year it rains trouble at Gurgaon’s traffic hotspot

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2016 19:02 IST
With heavy rain flooding roads, commuters were stuck in an hours-long traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway on Thursday. (Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)

From failure of civic administration in executing flood control measures to delay in construction of artificial water bodies and cleaning of drains, many things contributed collectively in crippling the traffic in Gurgaon on Thursday.

The Millennium city lies in a low-lying region and received water that flows down both from the Aravalli hills and Delhi’s Chhatarpur area.

Further aggravating the problem was repeated encroachments along the main Badshahpur drain and patchy concretisation of drains has ensured that storm water mixed with sewage and flooded Gurgaon’s arterial roads, leaving thousands of commuters marooned.

The situation was particularly bad at the Hero Honda chowk — one the key intersections on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway — where rampant concretisation in parts has amplified the speed and volume of water reaching the area.

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These problems are not new, and urban floods during monsoon has come to be expected at the Hero Honda chowk. Here’s a look back:


Waterlogging at Hero Honda chowk after heavy rainfall on July 28. Due to an overflowing Badshahpur drain, the road was submerged in 4 feet of water, causing massive traffic jams. (Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)


A car wades through a heavily flooded service lane near Hero Honda chowk in Gurgaon, on July 12, 2015. (Chinmaya Sharma/ HT File Photo)


After a night of downpour, the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway was overwhelmed. Traffic at Hero Honda chowk in Gurgaon screeched to a halt on July 20, 2013. (Parveen Kumar/ HT File Photo)


A truck creates a massive splash as it struggles to navigate a heavily flood road at the Hero Honda chowk in Gurgaon, September 04, 2012. (Manoj Kumar/ HT File Photo)


Traffic slows to a crawl on the expressway at the Hero Honda chowk in Gurgaon, on September 5, 2011. (Manoj Kumar/ HT File Photo)


An inter-state bus wades through knee-deep water on a service lane at the Hero Honda chowk in Gurgaon, on July 20, 2010. (Manoj Kumar/ HT File Photo)

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