Due to heavy rainfall in Delhi-NCR, waterlogging on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway (National Highway 48) resulted in a 5-km-long traffic jam in Gurugram, compelling officegoers to abandon their vehicles and traverse through waterlogged streets.
Gurugram Residents Resort to Pushing Vehicles Through Waterlogged Streets. (Photo: India Today)
On Wednesday, heavy rainfall pounded Gurugram for several hours, leading to chaotic scenes with traffic jams and widespread waterlogging in various areas.
The Delhi-Jaipur Expressway (National Highway 48) experienced severe waterlogging, resulting in a 5-km-long traffic jam. Faced with the challenging situation, officegoers were left with no choice but to abandon their vehicles and navigate through knee-high water, carrying their shoes in hand.
Videos from Narsinghpur Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk depicted the struggles of people pushing their stranded vehicles through the waterlogged streets. The situation was not much better on internal roads, as commuters faced significant delays, exacerbating the congestion.
Waterlogging was also reported along the Bilaspur Imt Manesar to Dhankot roads and around the Dhanwapur flyover. To manage the traffic and alleviate the waterlogging, city police and the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) were actively present in key areas.
Traffic police teams were deployed at strategic locations such as Iffco Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Vatika Chowk, Golf Course Extension Road, and Sector 50, as confirmed by a traffic police officer to the Hindustan Times.
LOCALS GRAPPLE WITH TRAFFIC JAM AND WATERLOGGING
Locals in Gurugram are expressing frustration as waterlogging and traffic jams persist despite assurances from the district administration. Disappointed with the situation, many residents have taken to social media to highlight the issue to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority.
The waterlogged streets have caused vehicles to break down and hindered people from reaching their workplaces due to the ongoing traffic jam.
Furthermore, the waterlogging has resulted in vehicles breaking down, while pedestrians and commuters struggle to navigate through knee-deep water in low-lying areas. Videos circulating on social media depict submerged tires of both four-wheelers and two-wheelers.
Gurugram residents view the rainfall as more of a calamity than a relief, as it has brought down temperatures in the Delhi-NCR region.
On Wednesday morning, light rain fell in parts of Delhi-NCR, aligning with the weather department’s forecast of thunderstorm conditions, accompanied by light to moderate rain and gusty winds of 30-40 kmph in certain areas neighboring Delhi, including Gurugram.