HEAVY RAINFALL spelled chaos for city residents, with waterlogging in most sectors leading to traffic snarls. The rain once again exposed the lack of preparedness of the Municipal Corporation.
The low-lying areas of the city such as Industrial Area Phase 1, Ramdarbar, Manimajra and Hallomajra were severely affected. There was chaos in most parts of the city including sectors 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 29 light points, Sector 34 and the railway station. The main roads, including Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg, also witnessed waterlogging.
Vehicles could be seen submerged in water. At places the vehicles broke down, causing further traffic snarls. People could be seen wading in knee-deep water and pushing the vehicles to a side. Long queues of vehicles could be seen at most lightpoints and roundabouts. Traffic crawled on Madhya Marg, railway light point, transport lights, Housing Board light point and other areas.
The condition of some roads was such that the traffic police diverted traffic to alternative routes. Vehicles were unable to cross the road underbridge in the Industrial Area due to the water that had accumulated.
The unpreparedness of the Municipal Corporation to deal with inclement weather has been exposed more than once during the monsoon. While the civic body is supposed to get road gullies cleaned before the arrival of monsoon, this time there was a delay.
UT Adviser Vijay Kumar Dev said that he had directed the Chandigarh MC to bring a list of spots/areas where acute waterlogging was witnessed. He said that the administration would ensure that a plan was drafted to alleviate the problem.