NHAI told to complete drainage work in Gurgaon before June 15
The NHAI was told this during a meeting held at the MCG office in Sector 34gurgaon Updated: May 23, 2017 23:25 IST
To ensure that there is no waterlogging during the monsoon and the highway remains clear for traffic, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has directed National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to complete all drainage system related projects before June 15.
The highways authority was told this during a meeting at the MCG office in Sector 34 on Monday.
As per the MCG officials, representatives of NHAI assured MCG commissioner V Umashankar that drainage work is expected to be completed within the stipulated time.
However, spot visits and disclosure made by NHAI officials revealed that a lot of work is still left to be done.
Eleven months ago, Hero Honda Chowk had become the epicentre of excessive waterlogging owing to choked drains, heavy rainfall and breach in the water canal. This had left thousands stranded on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway for over 48 hours.
The incident exposed the failure of the civic administration, lack of coordination between public bodies and deficiencies in the execution of civic projects.
NHAI officials claimed that work on the stormwater drain at the under-construction Hero Honda Chowk flyover for channelling rainwater towards Badshahpur drain has been completed.
However, a large amount of work on the Badshahpur and Khandsa drain is still pending.
Aside from carrying the city’s sewage, the multi-purpose drains also function as storage pits for run-off rainwater.
Both the drains pass near the Hero Honda Chowk on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
At the Badshahpur drain, despite regular anti-encroachment drives by the MCG, encroachments by villagers continue unabated and threaten to cause breaches to the canal, NHAI officials said.
The work on expanding the Khandsa drain will not meet the deadline as work is yet to commence. The Haryana Urban Development Authority has allotted plots for villagers that will be displaced by the project.
“After last year’s crisis, costs for regenerating the drainage system was estimated to exceed Rs 175 crore, of which the state government has only released Rs15 crore. Additionally, Huda is embroiled in a litigation with Khandsa villagers and that has prevented us from carrying out any expansion work on the Khandsa drain. The restraints have pushed us back severely but advance cleaning and clearing of drains on NH-8 will ensure waterlogging crisis is not as severe as 2016,” a senior NHAI official said.
“During the meeting, NHAI officials said they will complete the main culvert and set up a water pump house near Hero Honda Chowk before June 15. They conceded that the construction of a side drain that will carry accumulated rainwater from Kherki Daula towards Badshahpur drain will require time and will miss the June 15 deadline,” V Umashankar, MCG commissioner said.
The June 15 deadline was issued by Umashankar two months after Haryana chief secretary DS Dhesi directed civic officials to review monsoon preparations and seek the state government’s assistance in getting extra funds and manpower. Dhesi had also held a review meeting of the Khandsa drain last week.