Following a heavy downpour leading to massive traffic chaos in Gurugram over the past two days, the city police today said they have made detailed plans to avert a similar situation in the future.
According to sources, the police force has been deployed in full strength 24*7 at 14 crucial points, mainly on the NH8 and NH-248A.
“At each point, inspector rank officer have been deployed along with police personnel as per requirement of each spot,” said the source.
The fourteen points, where the police personnel have been deployed are– Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Jharsa Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Shankar Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Golf Course Extn Rd intersection on Sohna Road, Main Chowk in Sohn, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk, HUDA City Center Station and its vicinity in all directions and Sec 31 red light.
With major arterial roads leading to Gurugram, including the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway and the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, witnessing massive traffic jams, leaving commuters stranded for hours, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday directed National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) chairman Raghav Chandra to immediately send a team of officials to clear NH-8.
Meanwhile, the Haryana Government had directed the Chief Administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Director of the Local Bodies Department to visit Gurgaon to expedite the road clearance effort.
Haryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi said: “As per our feedback, and also shown by the media, the main problem is disruption in traffic movement. It’s not that the water has entered in houses. The traffic movement was disrupted due to water-logging at the Hero Honda Chowk and on the NH-8.”
“We have held a meeting of senior officials of the crisis management team for restoring traffic movement on the NH-8 and other arterial roads. We have regulated the movement of trucks and allowing only light vehicles so that traffic can be cleared from there. Besides, a team comprising HUDA chief administrator and director of the local bodies will visit there,” he added.
Explaining reasons behind the traffic jams, he said, “Gurgaon received 4.6 cm of rain from 2-5p.m on July 28, which was unexpected. From June 1-27, the city received just 19 cm of rain, while yesterday it received 4.6 cm of rain in just three hours.”
“Sudden rain inundated several localities, especially the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway 8. Besides, due to construction of a flyover at Hero Honda Chowk, the traffic is being diverted through service lanes. Moreover, Gurugram’s main drainage, Badshahpur drain, is also close to the Hero Honda Chowk, and due to excessive rain it inundated the chowk and nearby localities.