Waterlogged streets brought Delhi to a near standstill on Saturday as Gurgaon crawled back to normalcy after major traffic and flooding woes the previous day. Incessant rainfall caused traffic snarls in several parts of the Capital. Hundreds of people were stranded for hours as vehicles moved at a snail’s pace, reported The Indian Express.
Gurgaon, on the other hand, saw a better traffic situation, with police deployed at 14 crucial points. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday directed National Highways Authority of India chairperson Raghav Chandra to send a team of officials to clear NH8. PTI reported that prohibitory orders were imposed at key crossings for several hours. "At each point, inspector rank officers have been deployed along with police personnel as per requirement of each spot," an official told ANI.
The fourteen points where police personnel have been deployed are Hero Honda Chowk, HUDA City Center Station, Shankar Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Jharsa Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Golf Course Extn Rd intersection on Sohna Road, Main Chowk in Sohn, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk and Sector 31 red light.
Meanwhile, Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner TL Satyaprakash told NDTV that there were a number of blunders from the authorities' end. “We apologise to whoever suffered and sincerely regret the inconvenience." He, however, promised that such a situation will never arise again.
The Met department has predicted light showers over the weekend but heavy downpour on Tuesday, reported NDTV.