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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Flooded underpass opens after 50 hours

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) said about 50 million litres water was finally cleared from the underpass which was flooded after Tuesday’s rain.

cities Updated: Aug 31, 2018 05:48 IST
kartik Kumar
kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
MCG workers clean the Hero Honda Chowk underpass on Thursday.
MCG workers clean the Hero Honda Chowk underpass on Thursday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Hero Honda Chowk underpass opened to commuters on Thursday morning, nearly 50 hours after it was closed due to massive waterlogging on Tuesday. According to officials of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), about 50 million litres water was finally cleared from the underpass around 3am and about seven more hours were spent in cleaning the ‘muck and sediment which had settled inside the underpass.’

“The underpass was opened to traffic around 10am after water was drained out at 3 in the morning. Workers spent seven hours in clearing the underpass and preventing vehicles from skidding off the surface and resulting in accidents,” Lalit Arora, superintending engineer, GMDA, said.

Arora said seven fire tenders and five motor pumps were used for nearly 43 hours continuously since Tuesday morning to clear out the rainwater. “Through connected pipelines, the water was channelled to the Badshahpur drain from two points — one through the drain located along the service lane of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway at Hero Honda Chowk and another on the Sector 10 A end from the drain which is connected to Sector 34 and ends at the Badshahpur drain,” V Umashankar, chief exwecutive officer (CEO), GMDA, said.

According to GMDA officials, the motor pumps and fire tenders were used continuously to drain out rainwater. Officials from four agencies — the GMDA, NHAI, fire department and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) — worked in close coordination to open the underpass to traffic. At an interval of approximately 10 hours, officials in lifeboats measured the depth of rainwater to estimate the volume of water inside. By Wednesday evening, rainwater was estimated to have receded to 10 million litres.

Officials said that at 3am on Wednesday, rainwater was completely drained out of the underpass and 60 sanitation workers from the MCG spent the next seven hours cleaning the underpass.The two-way underpass is important for residents as it connects sectors 34, 9, 9A, 10, 10A and 37. It had been closed around 8am on Tuesday.

During the period when the underpass was closed, residents coming from Sector 34 had to take a right turn below the Hero Honda Chowk flyover and commuters coming from the other direction had to travel till Rajiv Chowk for taking a U-turn, as a result of which they not only had to drive an additional kilometre but also face congestion because of the increased traffic volume.

“I was surprised to see the underpass open today as the volume of water was extremely high yesterday. The last two days reminded me of the traffic condition prior to the underpass and made me realise how much we take our infrastru

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 05:48 IST