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Officials meet to discuss Gurgaon’s monsoon preparations, rainfall likely today

Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said the police will post weather and traffic updates on their social media pages for the benefit of residents

gurgaon Updated: Jun 26, 2017 23:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The Gurgaon administration has promised to take measures to ensure no repeat of last year’s waterlogging.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

As many as 200 home guards, 50 MCG employees and 300 red cross society members will assist residents in the event of waterlogging and flood-like situation in the city this monsoon, authorities said during a meeting presided by Keshni Anand Arora, the additional chief secretary of the state government on Monday.

To ensure there is no repeat of last year’s waterlogging and traffic crisis, the district level meeting was held at the mini secretariat and was attended by representatives of civic bodies and police from Gurgaon and Faridabad districts.

The additional chief secretary advised the police department to create route diversions to help people avoid waterlogged areas and take help of telecom firms in sending out texts messages to residents, informing them about waterlogging, floods, traffic jams and route diversions during the monsoon.

Police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said that the police will also update and keep residents aware of the traffic situation through social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

“To ensure that residents is aware of the traffic scenario, our pages on social media will be regularly updated. In addition, officers will be deployed 24x7 at waterlogging-prone sites in shifts to ensure there is minimum disruption to traffic during monsoon,” Khirwar said.

Among other key decisions taken during the meeting was the creation of a WhatsApp group comprising officials from Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Haryana urban development authority (Huda), PWD and the Gurgaon police to monitor waterlogging and traffic issues in the city during monsoon and ensure there is better coordination among multiple bodies.

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The meeting took place on a day the India Meorological Department (IMD) predicted light rainfall, accompanied by strong winds, in Gurgaon on Tuesday. Rainfall is likely to get heavier over the weekend, the weathermen said.

IMD officials said a depression over parts of northern India will bring rain across NCR.

Though the skies turned grey over Gurgaon for a brief spell on Monday , the residents did not get much respite from the scorching heat.

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 23:26 IST