3 days of rain leaves residents swimming

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 01:27 IST
Residents use inflated tubes to commute through a waterlogged street in Shalimar Garden, Ghaziabad, on Saturday. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida authority on Saturday held a meeting with officials of the administration and told them to make sure that there is no waterlogging in industrial and residential areas of the city.

The order of the CEO came following several complaints of waterlogging in the city due to continuous rain over the past two days. On Friday, two people died and four were injured when a wall collapsed due to rain.

“Three chief maintenance engineers (CME) and other officials were present at the meeting. The CEO asked all of them to take steps to ensure that there is no waterlogging in any area of the city. The CEO directed officials to use water pumping machines in low-lying areas and clean drains,” said Pramod Kumar Agarwal, additional chief executive officer (CEO), Noida authority.

Meanwhile, continuous rain on Saturday forced traffic on all major roads in Noida to crawl. Waterlogging was reported from Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera Road, Labour Chowk area, Arun Vihar and internal roads of Sector 63 and people using the stretches had to face lot of inconvenience.

The road that connects NH-24 with Sector 57 via Labour Chowk was flooded with rainwater because there is no drainage system in Khora, an unauthorised area adjoining Noida. As a result, Sectors 57, 62 and 58 areas often get waterlogged.

But there was no waterlogging in the underpasses at Noida’s Sector 37, 18, City Centre and Rajni Gandha Chowk because the Noida authority has installed water pumping machines to drain out the rainwater.

Residents said traffic congestion is reported from many areas because of waterlogging on the roadsides.

“Because of waterlogging on roads, commuters drive slowly. As a result, traffic movement slows down and there are jams. Many commuters take shortcuts or drive in the wrong lane, thereby causing jams,” said Sachin Sharma, a commuter.

“The worst affected during the rains are the pedestrians who cannot walk on roads because most of them are flooded,” said Karn Veer, a resident of Sector 55.

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