Heavy rain across Gurugram led to several roads being flooded and traffic coming to a halt on Tuesday afternoon. Commuters on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway and other major stretches in the city were stuck in traffic after the city received 87 mm of rain. Three hours of rain completely choked traffic movements in the entire city including the National Highway.
Traffic was thrown out of gear in Gurugram as commuters got stuck in traffic snarls, including an over four-kilometre jam between Delhi-Gurugram border to Rajiv Chowk on the National Highway.
"Due to unprecedented rainfall, few areas and roads had got affected by water-logging during peak traffic hours in the evening. With the support of engineering staff of civic bodies and traffic police, excess water was drained off and vehicular movement was sustained," said a district administration officer.
The traffic movement on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway was severely hit due to waterlogging. Not only highway and state highways Gurugram's major roads like Hero Honda Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk, Huda City Centre Road and more were found to be waterlogged.
The "crucial points" where the vehicles were stuck are Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Court Road, Signature Tower Chowk, Jharsa Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Shankar Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Sohna Road, Golf Course Extension Road, the main Sohna Chowk, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk, HUDA City Centre station, Sukhrali Road, old Delhi-Gurugram Road, Sector 30 underpass, Sector 22-23 Road, between Jawala Mill and Dundahera and service lane of the eastern side of the highway.
Thousands of commuters on the stretch, travelling between Delhi-Gurugram borders to Rajiv Chowk took several hours to cross the 4 km stretch. Commuters hit the snarl as soon as they entered Sarhaul border and moved bumper to bumper till the Kherki Daula Toll Plaza.
Many residents took to Twitter and complained about water- logging that impacted normal life in several parts in Gurugram. Pictures and videos of vehicles and people wading through ankle-deep rain waters are doing rounds on social media.
"We have improved upon our city infrastructure in the last three years, which kept the city running even during the heavy downpour. We will learn from our experiences and ensure that areas and junctions which experienced water-logging, can be improved upon for future," the officer said.