Despite assurance from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), the residents of various sectors across the city continue to wade through waterlogged roads in the absence of proper drainage system.
A brief spell of rain on Friday left many roads submerged in knee-deep water, making the residents under house arrest for hours. The Huda office received hundreds of complaints about traffic snarls in sector roads.
"The rain water remained stagnant for hours in our locality and we could not walk out of our houses," said Mukul Kumar, a resident of Sector 15.
Those living in sectors such as 10, 10-A, 9, 9-A, 4, 5, 21, 22 and 23 also complained about similar problems.
"Roads are full of potholes. Our vehicles parked on the streets often get damaged due to waterlogging," said BS Yadav, a resident of Sector 22.
Many residents blamed Huda for improper drainage system in their areas. They have been demanding an efficient drainage facility as the existing system is not functional.
"There is no drainage (storm water drains) in our sector. The Huda had constructed drains about five years back but they stopped functioning after six months due to poor quality of materials used by contractors. After that, no drain was made despite our repeated appeals," said HP Kaushik, resident of Sector 10.
They said that Huda administrator Praveen Kumar has already inspected all the sectors several times and assured the residents during March-April that a proper drainage system will be provided before the onset of monsoon. Kumar also instructed the concerned officials to ensure proper maintenance of existing storm water drains and construct a new drain where it is required.
Experts say that poor drainage system causes wastage of rain water during every monsoon.
"Instead of recharging water table, rainwater goes to sewage or remains stagnant on roads till the time it evaporates in days and weeks in the city. This we call criminal negligence. If Huda fines people for wasting water, it should ensure not a single drop of rain water goes waste or it should fine its own engineers who are responsible for the wastage of the resources," said Darshan Singh, director of NGO Surge.
The Huda administrator said, “We have a meeting in this regard in a day or two. We will discuss the issue seriously and initiate action against errant officials, if we find negligence.”