The downpour on Saturday created chaos on Noida and Ghaziabad roads as waterlogging added to the woes of commuters. While senior Noida authority officials held a meeting on Saturday to review the situation, Ghaziabad saw distressed commuters wading through waterlogged roads and heavy traffic. Diversions for kanwar yatra added to the mess.
To manage traffic efficiently and ensure the safety of Kanwarias on Ghaziabad roads, traffic police prohibited autos on main roads.
“There was no severe jam but traffic moved slowly and roads remained congested. In view of the waterlogged roads and diversion for Kanwarias, we decided to prohibit autos on Link Road, GT Road, Wazirabad road and CISF road. The decision was taken because it is a Saturday and most offices are shut,” Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic), Ghaziabad, said.
However, the move left commuters stranded at auto stands.
“I had to go to Mohan Nagar from Bhopura border but was left stranded at the Hindon roundabout since the traffic police did not allow autos beyond that point. It was raining and I had to walk halfway back before I found a cycle rickshaw who agreed to take me home for `70,” Ritika Singh, a commuter, said.
Residents of Vaishali, Vasundhara and Indirapuram complained of waterlogged roads.
“Waterlogging disrupted our routine as we could not even step outside our homes. Markets remained shut as shopkeepers could not reach their shops. Roads were stinking as sewerage was mixed with the rainwater,” Vishal Anand of Shipra Suncity apartments in Indirapuram said.
In Noida, the heavy rain on Friday caused cracks in one of the surface joints of the Sector 37 flyover. As the rain continued on Saturday, the road could not be repaired. However, officials said that repair work will be started on Sunday.
“A private agency was alerted about the situation and they have suggested temporary repair of the road for now. However, the permanent repair will be done once the rain stops, as it will take around 10 days,” Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Noida authority, said.
Senior Noida officials held a meeting to review the waterlogging and potholes on city roads. Heavy waterlogging was witnessed in Sector 63, Golf Course roundabout, sectors 50, 12, 37 and the DND loop near Film City.
Officials said that in the last month, residents lodged 259 complaints regarding potholes and waterlogging, all of which were resolved.
“Of the 259 complaints received through the mobile application and through the helpline, 80% of the complaints were of potholes, which have been resolved by patchwork,” Srivastava said.
“In the meeting held on Saturday, we reviewed junctions where waterlogging is severe and ordered junior engineers to file an action-taken report at these locations, every day at 7 pm,” he said.