Around 50 residents mobbed Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Praveen Kumar and senior town planner RK Singh outside the civic body's office on Thursday, demanding an immediate fix for the poor drainage system in the city that led to flooding in many areas after Sunday's downpour. Protesters pressed for development of catchment areas for harvesting rain water.
After angry demonstrations by members of the Gurgaon Citizen's Council since 11am, the administrator held a meeting with the agitated residents and visited localities such as Sushant Lok-1 and DLF City Phase I, which had been flooded on Sunday due to overflowing drains and lack of adequate rain water harvesting measures.
GCC members showed Kumar several locations that suffered damage due to the absence of rain water harvesting pits and inlets for drains.
"We have shown the Huda chief all the problem areas. He said that they will calculate the outflow and build catchment areas for collection of water. We have also been told that the process of clearing drains and developing inlets will start tomorrow (Friday)," said GCC president RS Rathee.
"The Huda chief has advised his officials to collaborate with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and solve the issue of storm water mixing with sewage drains - one of the major reasons behind flooding. He also said that inlets will be developed near MG Road Metro station to curb inundation," said Sameer Kochhar, a resident of A Block, Sushant Lok-1.
The residents also urged the civic body to increase the capacity of existing drains.
"The administrator promised that drains will be compacted and deepened to prevent flooding," said Joginder Singh, a resident. Singh added the developer should make rain water pits compulsory to prevent wastage of natural resources.
Talking about interim steps taken by the Huda, the administrator said, "We are adding more drain inlets from Sikandarpur to MG Road to prevent flooding in Sushant Lok-1. The drains will be cleaned and desilted immediately wherever necessary. We visited some of the affected areas and are taking all the required steps to contain the problem."
Kumar has directed his staff to start working on the issues and solve them within 10 days.