The rainfall on Wednesday brought Gurgaon to a standstill during the morning rush hour as waterlogged roads led to snarls on almost all major routes, including the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
Hero Honda Chowk and nearby sectors were among the first areas to get waterlogged. But, learning lessons from past mistakes, officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, National Highways Authority of India, Haryana Urban Development Authority and police personnel rushed to the spot .
On the main carriageway of the expressway, snarls were witnessed at Hero Honda Chowk and Signature Tower. The entry and exit points on the highway, were badly affected and traffic load spilled on to service lanes and arterial roads.
Traffic movement was slow at Atlas Chowk and near the Weston Hotel off the e-way. Traffic movement was also affected at Kherki Daula, Badshahpur and MG Road. But the impact did not last long, unlike past, perhaps due to prompt action by civic and police officials.
In the city, waterlogging was reported in Sushant Lok Phase-1, DLF City phases, Sohna Road, Golf Course Road, IFFCO Chowk, Old Delhi Road, Sheetla Mata Road, sectors 15, 31, 44 and 46, and Civil Lines area. All roads leading to Huda City Metro station were also flooded.
The situation, however, returned to normal by afternoon. At 3 pm, civic authorities claimed all roads that were choked have been cleared.
“We have almost cleared most of the roads that were waterlogged. This, despite the Badshahpur drain receiving more water than what it received during the July 28-29 rain,” said municipal commissioner, TL Satyaprakash.
The civic body also kept updating its twitter handle about the situation.
RK Jenamani, director in charge of IGI airport meteorological department, said 53mm of rain was recorded in Delhi-NCR in two hours.
The rain started around 7.15am and lasted till 8.45 am. A total of 3.9mm rain was recorded in this duration. From 8.45am to 10.30am, 53mm rain was recorded.