Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar came down heavily on the district administration and civic agencies following the chaos across the city during the rain on Thursday. The chief minister has sought a report from the district administration within a week about waterlogging at Hero Honda Chowk and the Badshahpur drain.
Khattar was addressing a meeting of district officials at the Huda gymkhana club in Sector 29 after conducting an aerial survey of the worst-hit Hero Honda Chowk and areas around Badshahpur and Najafgarh drains.
The CM took off from the Tau Devi Lal stadium at 4 pm. He was accompanied by state PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh and Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash, who briefed him about the situation. The survey started from Ghata village. The CM was briefed about the Ghata lake and the drainage of the low-lying area. Subsequently, the helicopter flew along the Badshahpur drain up to Hero Honda Chowk where the CM was briefed about the problem caused by the difference in the sizes of the main drain and the Khandsa drain downstream.
Thereafter, the choppers flew towards the Najafgarh drain that takes water from Gurgaon to Delhi. Here, the CM observed that there was a need to build a major bund along the drain to prevent waterlogging of hundreds of acres on the Gurgaon side.
TL Satyaprakash said he briefed the CM on various chokepoints and bottlenecks along the network. The chopper returned to the Tau Devi Lal stadium after 45 minutes.
Subsequently, during a meeting with the district administration, Khattar asked officials to prepare a detailed report on the waterlogging situation at Hero Honda Chowk so that such a problem does not arise in the future.
“The CM wants to know the reasons behind the failure of drainage system that caused waterlogging at Hero Honda Chowk on Thursday,” said an official.
Khattar also directed officials to finish major infrastructure projects by the end of this year as lack of an alternative to NH8 leads to congestion on roads across the city.
To decongest the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, the CM asked the civic agencies to ensure that the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) or the Dwarka Expressway is completed by the end of December.
“It was directed that the work on NPR should be completed by December 16. He also directed expedition of the work on Greater Southern Peripheral Road, which will connect Manesar and Delhi,” said a source in the administration.
PWD Minister Rao Narbir Singh said the CM asked the district administration to prepare a plan for water harvesting and building bunds in the Aravallis so that waterlogging does not take place in future.