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Mile-long queues, knee-deep water on Gurgaon Expressway after heavy rain

After two hours of continuous rain, traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was forced to a crawl due to water clogging the service lanes.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 8, 2015 12:36:03 am
heavy rain, delhi rain, delhi weather, delhi monsoon, monsoon, heavy monsoon, delhi news, indian express Cars, other vehicles, struggle to make their way through waterlogged roads on Friday. (Gajendra Yadav)

Gurgaon reeled under massive traffic snarls due to waterlogging as heavy rains lashed the city on Friday, exposing the civic bodies’ lack of preparedness to deal with the perennial problem. Commuters were stranded for hours as several arterial roads were flooded.

After two hours of continuous rain, traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was forced to a crawl due to water clogging the service lanes. The stretch from Sector 15 to Sarhaul toll plaza was also waterlogged, affecting areas such as Hero Honda Chowk and IFFCO Chowk. By evening, long queues of cars stretching over 2 km could be seen on the service lanes adjoining the main carriageway. The water stood knee-deep on the highway and some parts of the service roads.
A few kilometers from Sikanderpur Metro station, on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Highway, cars and other vehicles could be seen struggling to make their way through waterlogged roads.

Areas around DLF Phase II, Bristol Chowk, Sikanderpur, Sector 15, Sector 17, Golf Course Road, Old and New Railway Road, Mahavir Chowk, a few colonies of Old Gurgaon and the service lanes on the expressway also witnessed heavy waterlogging. Major junctions such as Rajiv Chowk and Signature Tower also witnessed massive waterlogging. Traffic policemen could be seen standing is the knee-deep water to ensure smooth traffic.

However, the administration said nothing can be done to fix the issue now. “We have to fix the drains and sanitation system in the city. We are waiting for the proposals. Nothing can be done during monsoons and work will start in November…. Residents will not face any problems next year,” an official said.

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