Flood woes in Faridabad after season's first heavy rain
Life in Faridabad came to grinding halt for a few hours as heavy rain lashed the city on Wednesday.
This is the first time that it has rained heavily in Faridabad this season.
The traffic on the ever-busy National Highway 2 (Mathura Road) was affected during the rain in the morning.
The situation was worse on the toll bridge connecting Delhi with Faridabad at Badarpur.
As it rained in the morning, office-goers had a tough time reaching their workplaces.
The authorities seemed helpless as almost all the thoroughfares were flooded, making it difficult for road vehicles to move smoothly.
The scenario was bleak in the residential and industrial areas such as Sector 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31 and 37 because of the flooding.
The traffic at crossings like Ajronda Chowk, Old Faridabad Chowk, NH5, Railway Road and NIT were affected badly for as long as three hours after the rains had stopped around 8.30am.
The upscale Greenfield Colony was also submerged in the water with the entire colony cut off from the main road. Students and office-goers of the area had to wade through floodwaters to reach schools and offices.
Electricity to some areas was cut off because of the rain.
Officials said encroachment over the years leading to blockages in drains and sewers had caused the flooding."Our staff at many places are trying to pump out the rain water," an official said.
"It is ironic that even posh sectors get flooded during rain and the officials look the other way," said Ashish (who gave only his first name) of Sector 30, adding that the civic authorities should join hands with the state development authority to deal with the situation, which recurs every monsoon.