Heavy rains lashed south and central Gujarat on Tuesday creating several water logged areas in Valsad leading to blockage of national highway number 8 connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad. At least two passenger trains from Valsad to Dahod and Viramgam were also cancelled due to rains.
Vadodara also witnessed heavy rainfall for at least two hours between 4 pm and 6 pm, causing waterlogging lasting several hours throwing life out of balance. Valsad district administration officials said that around 150 people in two villages-Tindi and Umargaon had to be evacuated early on Tuesday as heavy rains flooded the villages, though they were rehabilitated after water receded. “At around 11 am, the NH 8 was flooded at Sarondi village near Valsad because of which a traffic jam was created. The situation remained so for around an hour. Traffic returned to normalcy soon after and situation is normal now,” said collector Vikrant Pandey.
Valsad received around 12-15 inch rainfall during this period, officials said. Western Railways also cancelled two passenger trains from Valsad and at least a dozen trains were running two to six hours late, they said. Vadodara received 38 mm rainfall between 4 and 6 pm. Shops remained closed and people stayed indoors. Several lanes in Vadodara remained water logged, causing disruption of traffic and public movement.
Within the first hour of the shower, most areas in the city including Raopura, Machhipeeth, Nava Bazaar, Alkapuri, OP Road, Akota, Genda Circle, Karelibaug saw water logging. The railway underpass connecting Alkapuri to Sayajigunj was water logged within a few minutes of heavy showers, leaving exposed much of the VMC’s preparedness to deal with the monsoon. The VMC officials, however, maintain that the water receded from the city within an hour. An official said, “Whenever the city receives continuous heavy rain fall, it is natural that some parts of the city will witness water logging. However, the water is receding fast which is what the pre-monsoon work was meant to do. We did not witness water logging for more than an hour after the rains thinned this afternoon.”
Vadodara currently has an area of 108.26 sq km covered by storm water drains of 170 km length drain pipe, which has not seen any addition since 2012. The corporation currently has five proposed projects for the extension of storm water drains that will commence soon.