Gurgaon hits the brakes as rain floods key roads, colonies | Gurgaon News – Times of India

GURGAON: An intense spell of rain made traffic crawl as several parts of the city were inundated on Saturday.
The IMD’s observatory at Manesar recorded 38.5mm rain between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Saturday, while data from the district administration showed that Gurgaon (mini secretariat) recorded 46mm rain till 5pm. Kadipur saw the maximum rainfall (80mm), Wazirabad 42mm, Farrukhnagar 17mm and Badshapur 15mm.
Waterlogging was reported at several key junctions, including Narsinghpur service road, Hero Honda Chowk, Basai Chowk, Khandsa, Sohna Road and Subhash Chowk, which resulted in snarls. Internal sectors and colonies such as sectors 10, 15 10A, 29, 43 and 45, Ardee City and Greenwood City also had flooded streets with rainwater entering some of the houses.
“In our sector, stormwater drains are damaged or not even built in many areas. The sector was flooded due to Saturday’s rain. We have made several requests to MCG to construct them to no avail. The sector was developed 30 years ago but the basic infrastructure is still missing,” said Puneet Pahwa, general secretary of Sector 45 RWA.
While underpasses were largely unaffected, commuters were seen wading through knee-deep water on the expressway at Narsinghpur. The heavily inundated service road had a cascading effect on traffic, with the tailback stretching to Hero Honda Chowk.
“There was heavy congestion near Hero Honda Chowk due to waterlogging, even though it’s not monsoon. It seems that the city’s infrastructure is not meant to handle heavy rainfall,” said Ankit Yadav, a resident of Sector 4.
Around 1,000 personnel were on the ground for traffic management, traffic police said. “Waterlogging was reported near Narsinghpur, Basai Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, which slowed down traffic. Traffic cops were already on the spot facilitating vehicular movement. We also coordinated with the civic authorities to drain out the water near Narsinghpur, which was the main location of concern as it affected vehicle pressure on adjoining areas,” said Virender Singh Sangwan, DCP (traffic).
Meanwhile, GMDA officials said the sudden heavy shower caused flooding at some places, but it started receding once rainfall stopped. “The major issue was reported on the Narsinghpur service road, for which pump sets and tractor mounted pumps were installed to address waterlogging,” said Vikram Singh, GMDA executive engineer.
According to the IMD, light to moderate rainfall is likely for the next two-three days, for which a ‘yellow alert’ has been issued till Tuesday.
The rain brought down the maximum temperature from 27.8 degrees Celsius the day before to 25.6 degrees on Saturday, five notches below the season’s normal. The minimum temperature, however, rose slightly from 17.4 degrees Celsius on the previous day to 18.3 degrees. It was five notches above normal.
“Under the influence of a western disturbance and induced cyclonic circulation over northeast Rajasthan, light to moderate rainfall, accompanied by thunder and lightning, is likely over the next two-three days. There will be no significant change in maximum temperature,” an IMD official said.
Sunday is expected to be generally cloudy with chances of light rain, while the minimum and maximum temperatures are likely to hover around 17 and 27 degrees Celsius, respectively.

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