Authorities identify 79 key waterlogging points in Gurugram
As many as 79 key waterlogging points have been identified across the city each of which will be monitored by CCTV cameras to prevent flooding during the monsoon, a press release issued by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) on Friday said.
On Friday, officials of the district administration, MCG, and Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), and Gurugram police met at the PWD rest house in Civil Lines to discuss monsoon preparedness.
It was decided in the meeting that all of the 79 identified waterlogging spots will be monitored through CCTV cameras and different officers will be given the responsibility of managing these spots. The meeting was attended by MCG commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh, deputy commissioner Amit Khatri, GMDA chief engineer Pradeep Kumar, and MCG chief engineers ND Vashisht and Raman Sharma.
“A joint team of civic officials will be visiting all the 79 points within the next four or five days and will check their current drainage condition. Depending on their condition we will either repair, upgrade, or establish new stormwater drains,” said Raman Sharma, chief engineer, MCG.
The 79 waterlogging points include Hero Honda Chowk, Narsinghpur, Vatika Chowk, Subhash Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, and AIT Chowk.
The decision to monitor waterlogging points comes at a time when both GMDA and MCG officials are running out of time to clean drains across the city. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the process for floating tenders for cleaning stormwater drains only commenced in mid-April. There are many areas in the city for which tenders are yet to be allocated to contractors. Even in areas where tenders have been allocated, work is progressing at an extremely slow pace as contractors are facing workforce shortages as many migrant workers have returned to their home towns.
In Friday’s meeting, which was chaired by VS Kundu, chief executive officer (CEO) of GMDA, MCG, and GMDA officials also decided to work together for monsoon preparedness and for dealing with waterlogging in the city. They will also form a WhatsApp group to share information rapidly.
“A flood control room will be set up soon and an adequate workforce and machinery will be made available for it. Officials have been instructed to constitute a rapid action team,” said Kundu, as per the official release.
On Wednesday, HT had reported that the GMDA is planning to set up a flood control room near the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The exact location for the flood control room is yet to be decided even as tenders worth ₹41 lakh have been floated for it.