At exit number 10 on NH 8 Friday, which leads to Hero Honda Chowk, police personnel divert traffic towards the service road as the highway is barricaded to avoid a traffic snarl.
Constable Rakesh Kumar, who hasn’t slept for the last 24 hours, waves traffic down to the slip road even as some commuters stop near the PCR van. “I am trying to tell commuters to not take the highway but they keep arguing with me,” he says.
Like Kumar, several police personnel have been deployed to manage the traffic snarls caused by the overflowing Badshahpur stormwater drain, which led to 5-feet deep water accumulating at the chowk since Thursday evening.
At 3 pm, Gurgaon DCP (west) Sumit Kumar orders personnel at Exit 10 to remove the barricades. “Water has receded now and traffic flow is better,” says the DCP.
Since the chowk is on a slope, the DCP says water gets accumulated in the area whenever it rains. “This area has always faced a waterlogging problem, but this year it is worse,” he says.
Meanwhile, traffic continues to move at a snail’s pace at the chowk. ASI Ramesh Chand stands in knee-deep water to direct traffic coming from Subhash Chowk towards Manesar. He and his team have been working since 3 pm Thursday. Pointing to the under-construction flyover, he says, “Once it is complete, there won’t be any more problems. The flyover has taken over half the space on the road and water has accumulated in the remaining half.”
Chand says the chowk gets waterlogged every time it rains. “Usually, we use a motor to pump out the water and release it into the Badshahpur drain. But the drain was overflowing,” he says.
As many as 700 policemen were deployed to handle traffic. Police chief Navdeep Singh Virk said, “A meeting was called with all authorities concerned and a standard operating procedure has been created to deal with such a situation.”