Rain plays havoc in Noida and Ghaziabad

  • Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times, Noida/ Ghaziabad
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2016 01:55 IST
Motorists and pedestrians wade their way through a waterlogged Hajipur subway in Noida on Monday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Heavy rain on Sunday night resulted in waterlogging in Noida’s markets, roads and subways. In addition, the power situation in both Ghaziabad and Noida was affected on Monday morning.

In Noida, residents said that improper drainage system resulted in all seven parks of Sector 20 being filled with rainwater. “Internal and external roads were also submerged. We woke up early morning to see water all around and walked up to the E Block Park that had less water and walkway was usable,” said BL Sharma of Sector 20.

Suresh Tiwary, another sector resident, said, “A mini truck got stuck around 8:30 am in a one-and-a-half foot deep and 15-foot-long depression along the Sector 20/21 dividing road. The problem of waterlogging has been around for years and rains damage roads every year.”

In Sector 18, the compound and shop basements in Savitri Market were filled with water soon after Sunday’s rain. Many shop owners have their own system to drain out rainwater from basements, but there is no outlet for water in the main compound.

“The water in the market compound recedes very slowly because external drains are completely choked. We have raised the waterlogging issue with the Noida authority many times and have requested them to install a motor pump for temporary relief if a permanent solution is difficult,” said Anit Singh, a shop owner.

SC Mishra, project engineer, Noida authority, said he has sent his staff to inspect the area and install motor pumps. “I have already instructed my staff in this regard. The market is in a low-lying zone, which causes waterlogging. Besides that, we have also ensured that drain cleaning takes place regularly,” he said.

The subways at Sector 16 and Hajipur near Mahamaya flyover on Noida-Greater Noida expressway too suffered a similar fate, hitting smooth movement of traffic.

“My car got stuck in the waterlogged subway at Hajipur,” Sunder Singh, a commuter, said while pulling his car at the subway.

In Sector 8, a man, Neeraj Thakur, was killed on Monday and two others, Mukesh Sharma and Jokham Sharma, injured when an 11KV wire broke and fell on them after heavy rains. Road digging by a private agency for some work had damaged the electric cables. There was also no power in Sectors 8 and 57 from 4 in the morning till evening.

“We are working on it and electricity supply will be resumed soon,” said Rajeev Gupta, executive engineer Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), Noida.

Meanwhile, in Ghaziabad, delta colonies like Surya Nagar, Brij Vihar and Chander Nagar faced power outages of more than six hours on Sunday night.

“On Sunday night, the power went out at around midnight and returned only after 6am the next day. Since temperatures had dropped after the showers, it helped us stay without power,” said RK Sehgal of Brij Vihar.

“Heavy rains on Sunday night resulted in a local fault at the Maharajpur substation, which was fixed by Monday morning,” said MC Sharma, UPPCL’s executive engineer, Ghaziabad.

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