Weather gods on Saturday showered both misery and merriment for residents of city.
While heavy rainfall led to roads getting waterlogged, leaving commuters stranded, the hailstorm came as a surprise for many, bringing residents out of their houses to enjoy the "snow".
MC exposed yet again
The rain again exposed the inefficiency of municipal corporation (MC) in dealing with rain water.
Learning no lessons from the past, the civic body has taken no steps for rainwater management. Consequently, the drainage system in several city areas, including Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Pakhowal Road, Haibowal and old city areas, failed after the heavy rain.
Besides, broken roads across the city increased the woes of commuters, even as councillors claimed that the MC authorities had failed to provide relief to residents.
"After the heavy rainfall, Ghumar Mandi, one of the prominent areas of the city, once again witnessed waterlogging. The roads turned into pools in absence of a proper drainage system," said Rajeev Sood, a resident.
Ward number 53 councillor Gurpreet Gogi said, "I have raised the matter of waterlogging in Ghumar Mandi many times in the House meetings. But still no steps have been taken by the authorities, which they attribute to shortage of funds. Roads get inundated up to four feet in some areas of the ward."
Manjeet Singh, MC additional commissioner, said, "We have proposed a `900-crore project for setting up storm sewerage in the city, and the matter has been sent to the central government for approval. Only after installing of storm sewage system, the problem of water logging can be redressed completely. However, we clean the sewage lines from time to time."
Hail brings cheer
Many areas of the city were covered in a white layer after the heavy hailstorm on Saturday. According to information, the parks and roads in BRS Nagar, Ferozepur Road, Shastri Nagar, Model Town, Dugri, Chandigarh road, besides other parts of city received hail.
Children could be seen playing with the hail in parks; some even building snowmen.
"I have never seen such type of a hailstorm in the city. Our street in Dugri Phase 2 was covered in white. It was an amazing scene," said Pavninder Singh Grewal, an engineer.
Mohinderpal Singh, a resident of Shastri Nagar, said, "The hail reminded me of Shimla. Everything, including roads, houses and parks, turned white temporarily."
'Rain good for crops'
Jagtar Singh Dhiman, additional director research (natural resources and plant health), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said the rain would be beneficial for crops, especially for wheat. But the hailstorms could physically harm tender plants or nursery beds.
Dr KK Gill of the meteorology department of PAU, said the rain would have no negative impact on crops as the temperature had gone down again, adding that the sky would clear by Sunday.