Rain in Gurgaon: From Gurugram to Venice in a few hours | Gurgaon News – Times of India

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GURUGRAM: It was one of many heaviest spells of rain the town has seen in recent times – Wednesday’s 95mm was considerably larger than the 55mm of July 28, 2016, a day the town’s remarkably flooding-prone roads received’t let its residents neglect.
And the impact might have been a lot worse this time than the day of ‘Gurujam’ – when roads had remained gridlocked for nearly a full day – had a lot of the metropolis not been working from dwelling.
Wednesday’s downpour delivered to the town one in all its worst flooding episodes. All day, Gurugram was likened to Venice on social media, with even Omar Abdullah unable to withstand taking a dig, as lots of its thoroughfares went below, underpasses acquired flooded – some practically as much as their ceilings – and commuters drove into robust currents that resembled a river as rainwater gushed into roads and neighbourhoods, homes and housing societies, basements and parking tons, trapped inside the concrete and swirling round its dysfunctional drainage system.
The waterlogging additionally underlined that a direct revamp of the town’s drainage community must be undertaken to forestall a recurrence and that fixes like growing the carrying capability of the primary Badshapur drain, which was carried out after the 2016 mess, aren’t sufficient to resolve an issue whose genesis is at a stage rather more elementary – the destruction of the town’s pure drainage strains. Because of this, rainwater has no outlet and pumps need to be deployed on a big scale.
Narsinghpur on NH-8, Golf Course Street, Sikanderpur and Basai Chowk have been the worst-hit among the many 18 areas that witnessed the worst waterlogging. A number of main underpasses, together with at Cyber Metropolis, Golf Course Street, Subhash Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, have been absolutely inundated.
Golf Course Street, the town’s marquee avenue, was additionally essentially the most photographed place all day as a logo of the town’s drainage drawback. The highway, which has been constructed for practically Rs 600 crore, was unable to deal with Wednesday’s downpour, leaving the administration, which had promised higher waterlogging administration this yr, deeply embarrassed.
The underpasses on the essential stretch, which has a number of MNCs, malls, faculties, residential complexes and authorities workplaces, noticed about 12 to 15 ft of waterlogging, based on police. The roofs of some automobiles drowning within the water have been barely seen.
Equally, at Narsinghpur on NH-8, the service lanes on the Delhi-Jaipur facet of the carriageway witnessed waist-deep waterlogging. A number of autos that have been on strategy to the factories within the space or going in direction of Manesar by way of Kherki Daula toll broke down halfway. A number of automobiles have been seen flown away in reverse instructions. Some bikers had an in depth shave as they both hit potholes or misplaced their steadiness.
Inside roads and residential stretches too noticed autos half-submerged in water. The streets was rivers, uprooting timber and washing away bikes and utility objects. Close to CK Birla Hospital in Sector 51, the boundary wall of a home fell on high of a automotive, squashing its roof.
With the bottom employees alarmed on the depth of water growing, officers who rushed to the spots claimed water gushing in from the Faridabad facet had flooded Golf Course Street and the MG Street space.
“We had all techniques in place and the suction pumps have been absolutely operational. However the move of water was simply not manageable. There was an enormous distinction within the quantity of water gushing inside underpasses, coming down all the best way from Faridabad and Sikanderpur, and the capability of the suction pumps to throw that water out. Because of this, the water began to build up,” stated NHAI mission director Ashok Sharma.
Because of this, the underpasses needed to be shut. From 9am until afternoon, the Delhi-Jaipur facet of the expressway noticed lengthy tailbacks. The stretch between Hero Honda Chowk to Kherki Daula toll plaza additionally snarls. The state of affairs on Golf Course Street and in DLF Section Four was comparable.
The presence of 4,000 cops on the roads, nevertheless, helped. That they had a number of jobs at hand — issuing real-time alerts, serving to stranded autos, creating visitors diversions and serving to civic our bodies of their waterlogging mitigation efforts.
“Our employees was deployed on the bottom since 6 am. When the state of affairs went out of hand round 8.30am, we known as in additional employees like SHOs and different officers. Diversions have been troublesome as there weren’t sufficient roads to divert visitors to,” stated DCP visitors Chander Mohan.
Requested concerning the flood-like state of affairs at Raghavendra Marg, a DLF spokesperson stated waterlogging of this magnitude had by no means been seen. “The depth of rainfall was 6-7 instances larger than the designed capability of the grasp drainage system. Of the seven underpasses on Raghavendra Marg, six are absolutely operational.
The seventh, Arjun Marg underpass in DLF Section I, was severely impacted as a result of reverse discharge of rainwater from the primary drainage system. The DLF group and authorities authorities are working to make it operational by Thursday morning,” he stated.
Residents who have been on the receiving finish took a jibe on the authorities over its monsoon preparedness.
“I need to thank my CM and his MLAs who made waterlogging a significant vote plank within the elections. We are able to’t journey to Europe as a result of Covid-19, however they’ve turned our metropolis into Venice,” stated Kunal Singh, a resident.
The frustration and the disdain spilled over to social media too, which was flooded with visuals, in addition to memes, of the rains and the accompanying harm. Whereas some stated they have been reminded of a large water park, just a few urged that it was time for Uber to begin boat companies within the metropolis. NCP chief Omar Abdullah too waded in with a cheeky tweet: “Can’t go to Venice lately. Reserving a visit to Gurugram now.”

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