A bout of fresh rush-hour rainfall affecting normal life in Gurgaon and Noida had people taking to social media in hordes with characteristic wit and humour.
Within a few hours after the downpour led to water logging and traffic snarls, the rain and its impact was among the most talked about topics on Twitter. Both #Gurgaon and #Gurugram were the top trending hashtags on the micro-blogging site.
Taking a pot shot on the state government’s proposal to rename Gurgaon as Gurugram, many expressed their disdain sarcastically suggesting that the city should rather be named Venice.
Haryana introduces the Gurondola. Specially designed boats in Sector 1-100 to give you the feel of Venice.— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) August 31, 2016
Some serious tweets compared how Noida is pleasure during rains while Gurgaon a pain due to bad infrastructure.
This I can attest to. 6 yrs in Noida, never an issue. 20 days in Gurgaon & third time cancelling plans because rain. https://t.co/34v2dORCaQ— Naina (@Naina) August 31, 2016
Unlike #Gurgaon , Noida rains are beautiful.— Priyali Prakash (@PriyaliPrakash) August 31, 2016
The joy of being in Noida, I still took the same 10 mins to my office while rest of the NCR is flooded pic.twitter.com/gbOY6moP0G— Prakash Sharma (@India_Policy) August 31, 2016
Some tweets had a political touch as they criticised Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar who took an aerial survey after the unprecedented Gurgaon deluge in last week of July.
So, after the last deluge, Khattar Sahab had done an aerial survey of #Gurugram. What were the next steps from that?— Saptarshi Basu (@sabeaux) August 31, 2016
Some even hit out at the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leaders including Amit Shah for the post-downpour state of affairs in Gurgaon.
And some advised Gurgaon residents to take out their swim suits, boats and even submarines.
All gurgaon janta: take out your swim suits, u may need them today :) pic.twitter.com/k8HhUcIc2v— Jatin Saini (@Jatin336saini) August 31, 2016
You might need a submarine to travel out of Gurgaon today.— Dead Mau5hi (@AdvancedMaushi) August 31, 2016
Few Gurgaon residents rooted for changing the name of the Millennium City to Venice.