With monsoon round the corner, residents of the Millennium City are bracing themselves for waterlogged roads as most of the city’s storm water drains are clogged. Many complain of bad roads, which are expected to become worse, with the arrival of the rainy season.
“After a lot of persuasion, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) built this storm water drain parallel to a road in Sector 56, but never maintained it. We have been requesting the authorities to clean the drain,” DD Sharma, a resident, said.
While Huda is not maintaining the drains it built, private developers in the city are ensuring to clean drains for residents of their colonies before the arrival of the season. A senior Unitech official said, “We start desilting drains much before monsoon sets in as it is a lengthy process. The work starts in April and is finished by this time of the year, so that residents don’t have to suffer waterlogging at least in their colonies.”
A DLF official said that they were quite aware of the monsoon effects and had therefore started desilting the same. “We have about 150km-long drains in DLF City and we are already on the job of desilting them. Unfortunately, the problem are mast drains that Huda was supposed to construct to vent the discharge from our drains, have still not come up and this is going to create a problem when it rains,” he added.
A resident of Rail Vihar said, “A drain has been built parallel to the road, but the connecting drain between the road and the main line always remains clogged. Many unauthorised workers earn their living in the area.”
With nobody to keep a check on such activities, residents of Gurgaon fear another waterlogged monsoon.