Clogged Ggn a travel night­mare

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | MONSOON WADING -

Gur­gaon: On Fri­day, Gur­gaon re­ceived heavy show­ers in sev­eral bouts through­out the day, leav­ing most im­por­tant junc­tions wa­ter­logged and key roads clogged.

In the day, Gur­gaon re­ported around 39.4mm of rain­fall till late evening, leav­ing res­i­dents ma­rooned their own homes, of­fices as well as the streets for hours.

A few hours’ show­ers left ma­jor pock­ets of Udyog Vi­har in­dus­trial area, stretches near Ra­jiv Chowk and Sig­na­ture Tow­ers wa­ter­logged. It also brought traf­fic to a halt, leav­ing com­muters stranded on most busy roads for hours.

While ve­hi­cles head­ing Delhi moved at a snail’s pace along the NH-8, there was a one-kilo­me­tre-long tail­back on Gur­gaon-Farid­abad road be­tween 5pm and 8pm. “It took me an hour to drive down from Khus­boo Chowk to Val­ley View Es­tate,” said Man­gal Singh, a res­i­dent of Gwal­pa­hari.

Traf­fic cops, who were de­ployed on the high­way, said ve­hi­cles go­ing to Delhi were par­tic­u­larly hit due to water­log­ging near Sirhaul toll. “Due to the show­ers, there were mul­ti­ple break­downs on the stretch. The snarls (in­side the city) were mainly caused by the tail­backs com­ing from in­side Delhi,” said a se­nior traf­fic cop.

Around 200 ad­di­tional cops were on the roads in the day to man­age traf­fic. “The com­mis­sioner of po­lice was per­son­ally over­see­ing the traf­fic man­age­ment in the city. Traf­fic per­son­nel man­ning the roads were asked to send videos of ev­ery choke point to the head­quar­ters. And in case of water­log­ging, they in­ti­mated the de­part­ments con­cerned,” said a se­nior traf­fic cop.

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