Five hours of continuous rainfall in the wee hours of Sunday left Gurgaon water-logged. Major roads, including the Gurgaon Expressway and Sohna Road and even colonies were clogged with knee-deep water, forcing people to stay confined to their houses.
In some areas, rainwater entered houses, forcing residents to use sandbags to check the inflow.
The downpour exposed the arrangements claimed to have been made by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for meeting such eventualities, residents lamented.
Major water-logging was witnessed at the Hero Honda crossing on the Gurgaon Expressway, resulting in huge traffic jams in the morning despite it being a holiday.
Water-logging was also witnessed on roads leading to Signature Towers and Jal Vayu Vihar. Storm water also entered the main bus terminal and caused traffic jams even on a lean day.
In colonies like Civil Lines and HUDA Sectors-15 (Part-I) and 10, 4 and 7, water entered houses. “We are using sand bags but it's not helping as the sewer is also overflowing,” said a resident of Sector-15, Part-I.
Even in posh localities of DLF, the drainage system failed to unclog lanes.
"People have illegally built gardens on the drains, preventing water from flushing out. There is about one-foot-deep water in the lane opposite my house," says Rupali, a resident of DLF Phase II.
“We are trying to pump out water using water disposal pumps. We would request private developers to help us solve the problem,” said Nitin K Yadav, HUDA administrator.