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Gurgaon: Waterlogging continues in many areas

Low-lying areas of Gurgaon suffered from severe waterlogging following three days of rain

gurgaon Updated: Jul 02, 2017 23:54 IST
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Incessant rainfall in the past few days has caused a lot of problems for residents of the city’s low-lying areas.(Rahul Grover/HT Photo)

As the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) tries to complete its monsoon preparations in time, the incessant rainfall over the past three days has led to low-lying areas in northern Gurgaon, old Gurgaon and sectors 28, 29, 47, 65 and 71 suffering from severe waterlogging.

Residents living in these areas said they have been dealing with a crisis and the excessive waterlogging has caused vehicles to break down.

“Four cars broke down while commuting to the sector road from Vatika Chowk. Waterlogging has become a routine affair during monsoon. We have been bearing huge costs repairing our cars. The authorities have neglected us and no one is bothered about what we have been facing. One cannot drive smoothly in the monsoon on poor roads that have big potholes,” said Ajay Sharma, a resident of Tulip Ivory in Sector 71.

In many areas, residents’ welfare association (RWA) representatives claimed they have tried to reach authorities for a solution, but to no avail.

“The condition of the colony is pathetic; there is severe waterlogging every monsoon. We were hoping for a solution this year and have been trying to contact the authorities. We have complained to the MCG and the Haryana urban development authority (Huda), but to no avail. Last year too, residents faced a major problem crossing the waterlogged stretch and had to resort to parking their vehicles outside the colony,” said Virender Tyagi, RWA president, Sector 47.

According to some residents, rainfall and waterlogging have hampered infrastructure projects in their areas.

“Roads in our locality are still under construction as the civic bodies failed to meet the deadline to complete the project before the onset of monsoon. With broken roads and potholes, waterlogging becomes a major problem. Reaching home safely remains a concern with some manholes left uncovered, which can have fatal consequences,” said Vikas Ranjan, RWA president, Tulip Orange in Sector 71.

MCG officials, however, maintained they are on course to complete monsoon preparations by July 15.

“Cleaning of drains and road repair is in full swing. We have combated waterlogging issues effectively so far and will be prepared to handle the crisis even better in due course,” said SS Rohilla, spokesperson, MCG.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 23:54 IST