After a heavy bout of rain Thursday afternoon, Gurgaon came to a standstill in the evening, with waterlogging in several parts of the city leading to traffic snarls. Waterlogging was reported from most areas, including Sushant Lok, Sohna Road, Nirvana Country, Golf Course Road, areas around Huda City Centre, and Medanta Medicity. Some stretches of NH8 were also submerged under nearly 3 ft of water, leading to a traffic jam which soon affected connecting roads.
On Golf Course Road commuters found themselves covering less than 1 km in an hour. A similar situation was seen on Golf Course Extension Road, where, on certain stretches, bonnets of cars were nearly submerged. Stalling of some vehicles worsened the traffic flow. Gurgaon MLA Umesh Agarwal, however, said the waterlogging situation was under control. He said the accumulation of water after such a heavy downpour was “natural”.
“… It will qualify as waterlogging only if the water fails to recede even after four hours… In such situations, people can inform us and we will do our best…,” said Agarwal. Commuters reported standstill traffic and waterlogging in several parts of the city even after 9pm. Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon officials said pumps being used to remove water had to be stopped in several areas because of high water levels in the Badshahpur drain.
“Water was being pumped into the Badshahpur drain, but it was in danger of overflowing. Workers were directed to stop pumping in and around Hero Honda Chowk…The water will recede by itself tonight,” an official. Amid the waterlogging, Gurgaon Police found themselves dealing with the traffic gridlock well into the evening.