Breaking his silence on the traffic situation that has been ailing Gurugram for the past few days, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told reporters on Saturday that he will personally visit the affected areas to take stock of the situation.
Discussing the cause of severe waterlogging over the past two days, Khattar said, “Traffic congestion in Gurugram is mostly because the Badshahpur drain has overflown,” and that the ongoing construction near Huda Chowk further added to the adversity.
Commenting on the mismanagement of traffic, as complained by many commuters, the Haryana chief minister said, “To ascertain the reason behind poor management of traffic, we await final reports by the authorities.”
He also denied reports of blaming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the traffic mess in Gurugram. The roads connecting Delhi and Gurugram witnessed long tailbacks over the past two days due to severe waterlogging on NH8.
The Haryana chief minister and his government have received severe criticism since thousands of commuters were stranded and authorities were forced to clamp prohibitory orders in Gurugram to manage traffic.
Abhay Singh Chautala, a senior leader of INLD, the main opposition party in Haryana, told reporters in Chandigarh, “The government is to be blamed for the mess witnessed in Gurgaon and not anyone else…it has little concern about people’s problems.”
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also blamed the Khattar government for the chaos. “It is a serious situation, I went to Parliament yesterday and got to know from various journalists and other people that they were stranded for long. Who is responsible for this situation? The government could have avoided this situation,” he told reporters.