As Gurgaon reeled under heavy rain and traffic snarls for the second day in a row, the Haryana government decided to deploy a company each of the State Disaster Response Force and India Reserve Battalion to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Officials said additional pumps were provided and heavy vehicles diverted.
Local MLA Umesh Aggarwal said CISF and BSF personnel, and 250 homeguards, helped manage traffic.
He added, “We had completed 90 per cent of de-silting of drains ahead of the monsoon. Due to clogging of the Badshahpur drain, the situation worsened.” He added that construction of a flyover on Hero Honda Chowk lead to traffic snarls in the area.
With 4.6 cm rainfall recorded within three hours, traffic came to a standstill post 7 pm Thursday. Addressing a press conference, Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi said a meeting of the crisis co-ordination committee was held to take stock of the situation.
“The state government received information about the traffic snarls in Gurgaon due to heavy rain. The government immediately swung into action. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar wanted to go to Gurgaon to oversee the situation but his helicopter could not take off due to bad weather,” said Dhesi.
A close aide of Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjeet Singh said in a meeting with city officials, he was assured that all steps to tackle heavy rainfall were in place.
(with inputs from ENS Chandigarh)