Traffic snarls were witnessed on major roads of the city following a three-hour heavy downpour on Wednesday morning. Roads were filled with water up to the knee; waterlogging brought the city to a standstill.
The administration and the traffic police failed to help commuters, while Noida authority officials failed to provide a satisfactory response to the cause of waterlogging.
“I had to go to Greater Noida but severe waterlogging and traffic jams on every road around my sector forced me to remain home. I got a call from a friend who was stuck in traffic between Mamura Chowk and Sector 60/61 Chowk early morning and he informed me of the poor traffic situation and waterlogging,” Joginder Singh Swans of Sector 50 said.
Sushil Kumar, president of Sector 18 market association, said, “It took me one-and-a-half hours to commute from Sector 71 to Botanical Garden. The traffic was moving from bumper to bumper as waterlogging and potholes created problems for commuters.”
Traffic jams were reported at major intersections — near Model Town NH-24, Chilla border, at NIB turn, near Mahamaya flyover, DND Flyway, Botanic Garden Metro station, Noida Kalyanpuri border near Sector 11, MP2 and MP 3 Roads, road from Sector 37 to Sector 71 via City Centre, Mamura and Sector 60/61 intersections.
“Waterlogging created difficulties for us to manage traffic movement but traffic police are trying our best to help commuters,” Dharmendra Singh Yadav, traffic inspector in Noida, said.
Residents complained of water flow into their homes.
“My house was filled with water and it receded by the afternoon. However, water remained clogged on the street in front of our houses till late evening. This has happened for the second time this season. The reason for waterlogging is choked drains,” Anil Garg, a resident, said.
The Noida authority set up water pumping machines in sectors 18, 14A, 51, 63, Harola and Salarpur to drain out water.
Residents of Noida’s low-lying areas — sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,19, 20, 28, 63 and 64 — faced problems of waterlogging due to the rain. They said that the authority had failed to clean the drains in these areas.
Saumya Srivastava, the deputy chief executive officer of the authority, said that Noida’s stormwater drain network is very well-planned. “Waterlogging takes place because of heavy rainfall. We are using water pumps and machines to ensure that the motorists do not face problems,” Srivastava said.