Rains lash Gurgaon, traffic crawls again

  • Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2016 01:27 IST
Bumber-to-bumper traffic at Signature Tower Chowk in Gurgaon on Monday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

A bout of rainfall in Delhi-NCR unleashed traffic jams in Gurgaon on Monday morning. The impact of rain and consequent waterlogging during the peak hour affected traffic movement on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, as well as other parts of the city.

Though sporadic snarls were reported from several areas, the worst-affected was the stretch of the road from Mahipalpur to Ambience Mall towards Gurgaon where vehicles moved at snail’s pace for two hours.

“I was stuck in a jam near Mahipalpur for half an hour. Vehicles were moving very slow towards Gurgaon,” said Preeti Kaur, who commutes daily from Delhi Cantonment to Gurgaon.

Wary of regular jams during rainfall, many office goers had started from their home before the usual time.

Officials said that teams of traffic police and highway operators were sent to ease the traffic snarls on the expressway. They said that the sudden traffic load on the expressway was due to heavy rains and also because a tempo got stuck on the expressway due to a glitch near Shiv Murti in Mahipalpur.

“Traffic was slow early morning due to rains. There was slight congestion at Mahipalpur underpass, while the movement was normal on the rest of the expressway. The situation started improving after rain stopped at 9am,” said officials of the highway operator.

On the other side towards Sohna Road, commuters claimed that they were stuck in long traffic jams between Rajiv Chowk and Subhash Chowk.

“It took me 45 minutes to cover the distance that I used to cover in 10 minutes on a normal day,” said Mohit Sharma, a commuter who travels from Sohna Road to Gurgaon on a daily basis.

Inside the city, roads and bylanes in several localities were submerged due to choked drains. Areas like DLF Phases, Bristol Chowk, Golf Course road, Sector 15, Old railway and new road, Mahavir Chowk, among others, witnessed waterlogging.

Pedestrians were seen wading through waterlogged roads across the city.

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