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Ensure Hero Honda Chowk is free of waterlogging: Chief secretary to Gurgaon officials

Haryana’s Chief Secretary (CS) DS Dhesi held a progress review meeting with district administration officials

gurgaon Updated: May 23, 2017 00:12 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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Huda is to widen the Khandsa Drain to drain rainwater so that waterlogging does not take place at Hero Honda Chowk.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Haryana’s chief secretary (CS) DS Dhesi has warned the district administration officials of Gurgaon of strict action if the Hero Honda chowk sees a repeat of waterlogging this monsoon.

The memory of Gurgaon almost coming to standstill last July when the Hero Honda Chowk was waterlogged due to rain is still fresh in many minds. Dhesi held a progress review meeting with the district administration on widening of the Khandsa drain on Saturday.

The drain is roughly 40km long and passes through the city from Ghata to Najafgarh drain via Hero Honda Chowk.

After crossing national highway (NH) 8 near Hero Honda Chowk the drain turns into a ‘chicken neck’ and fails to carry out the rainwater in a heavy downpour.

A a result, the NH-8 portion between Hero Honda Chowk and Kherkidaula turns mess every monsoon . Last year, the situation went out of control in terms of waterlogging, forcing chief minister Manohar Lal to take an aerial view of the situation on Gurgaon’s roads.

Ahead of the rains this year, Dhesi’s visit is understood as a warning to the district administration at the behest of the chief minister, to take necessary steps to prevent waterlogging.

The Badshahpur drain widening work in Khandsa village, expected to help prevent waterlogging, was planned on a war footing by the Haryana urban development authority (Huda), but the work is yet to begin.

D Suresh, divisional commissioner, Gurgaon, said that the CS has asked Huda to arrange for motor pumps, desilting of nullahs and other necessary measures to tackle waterlogging near Khandsa.

“He gave clear instructions to officials in this regard,” said Suresh.

Speaking on Dhesi’s meeting, Hardeep Singh, deputy commissioner, Gurgaon said, “It was a review of the progress on Badshahpur drain to water from collecting on NH-8. He directed us to speed up the work as fast as possible.”

“He also asked Huda to get the Khandsa bottleneck cleared by offering alternative plots to the owners whose structures are in the way of widening the drain,” he added.

Badshahpur drain is 30 metres in width but narrows to less than 10 metres width when it enters Khandsa.

Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said, “We have made special provisions to resolve the waterlogging.”

First Published: May 23, 2017 00:12 IST