Gurgaon Flood: Gurgaon roads built on natural drains; That’s why they flood so quickly | Gurgaon News – Times of India


Rain is the benediction of Mom Nature, not less than that’s what our tradition teaches us. Then why do a number of hours of rain in Gurugram wreak such havoc? The reply lies in the best way we have now perceived our environment. To naturalists like me, rainwater is a treasured useful resource that must be saved and used to recharge groundwater. To a metropolis planner, it’s a drawback that must be eliminated/drained out as quick as attainable. The reality lies someplace in between.

The map with this column exhibits pure drainage channels within the Gurugram area primarily based on the 1971 Survey of India Map. There have been tons of of waterbodies linked to a steady, overlapping sequence of bundhs, referred to as the ‘Badshahi Bunds’, which have been indigenous engineering constructions.
By storing water throughout monsoon, these not solely prevented flooding but additionally recharged groundwater on this semi-arid area. Our ancestors understood this. For instance, data clearly point out that throughout the monsoon, Ghata lake occupied an space of greater than four sqkm with water depth of as much as 20 toes. In keeping with data which are accessible, 118 bunds — massive and small – existed within the Gurugram-Faridabad area. Most are forgotten names now.
Fashionable metropolis planning didn’t adequately perceive or consider the necessity to protect and preserve pure drainage traces and lakes. We constructed our roads and metropolis over these pure drainage traces moderately than round them. Among the roads are actually constructed proper over the drainage traces and that’s the reason they get flooded inside a couple of minutes of rain. Simply 1sqkm of a typical metropolis space generate greater than 50,000 cubic metres of water if there may be 100mm rainfall.
I’ve lived in Gurugram, on and off, for greater than 20 years. My youngsters have been born within the metropolis and grew up right here. This metropolis is my dwelling and I’m as dedicated to its future as anyone else. It’s greater than sure that each 3-5 years there can be days when it can rain greater than 100 mm in a number of hours. Such occasions would develop into an increasing number of frequent in future as a consequence of local weather change.
There must be a severe try to make sure that rainwater harvesting turns into important not just for particular person homes and housing societies but additionally for all improvement initiatives. We have now to cease seeing rainwater as a menace and acknowledge it as a treasured useful resource. The work achieved by Singapore on this regard is a mannequin – at this time, almost 65 % of all rainwater within the metropolis is drained right into a community of almost 30 waterbodies constructed by town. There’s a full separation of stormwater and sewer channels, and by 2035, they’d be harvesting almost 90% of rainwater. This enhances not solely their water safety but additionally makes good financial sense. We have to do the identical.
There’s a want to consider genuinely sustainable metropolis design. Each sector/subcity of Gurugram will need to have a hydrological administration plan and guarantee a lot of the rainwater is conserved. We have to eco-restore whichever of the ‘Badshahi Bunds’ are nonetheless intact on the traces of the Wazirabad-Chakkarpur eco-restoration mission.
An train to establish waterbodies in Gurugram has already been accomplished by GMDA. Eco-restoring such waterbodies and their catchments requires a large train. We have to contain RWAs, native communities, corporates and faculty youngsters in order that such areas are adopted and revived. In my expertise, the most effective outcomes have been achieved when the federal government, corporates and residents’ teams have labored hand in hand.
Constructing an increasing number of roads has not likely helped us to the extent we thought. We have to cease considering when it comes to mega-projects solely. We have to construct much less and preserve extra. We have to preserve inexperienced belts and cease viewing it as surplus land for opening petrol pumps, gasoline stations, liquor vends, and many others. Every inexperienced belt is a possible water recharge web site. Nevertheless, all this requires a paradigm shift in the best way we function.
Rather a lot has been misplaced, however quite a bit can nonetheless be saved. The way forward for my metropolis depends upon it.
(Views expressed by the author are private)
Watch Boats deployed as Gurugram roads get flooded after rains


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