Long tailbacks were witnessed in gridlocked roads in Gurgaon for the second day on Friday due to severe waterlogging on National Highway-8 after heavy rains lashed Delhi’s satellite city leaving thousands of commuters stranded and forcing authorities to clamp prohibitory orders.
Schools were also ordered to be shut down for two days.
Prohibitory orders were imposed near Hero Honda Chowk in a bid to ease the congestion caused by massive traffic jams.
Many motorists abandoned their vehicles and waded through knee-deep water which accumulated on both the carriageways of Delhi-Jaipur road, including Hero Honda Chowk, bringing traffic to a standstill with the tailback extending up to 15-20 km.
“Considering the unprecedented rainfall and the flow of huge volume of water due to downward gradient from Delhi towards Gurgaon, prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC has been imposed near Hero Honda Chowk in the city,” Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T L Satyaprakash said.
He said DEO has been directed to request all schools in the city to remain closed today and tomorrow due to potholes and open manholes.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has ordered National Highways chief Raghav Chandra to send a team of officials to clear the traffic and submit a report to him, an official said.
Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar, who himself wanted to go to Gurgaon to assess the prevailing situation, could not proceed as his helicopter could not take off due to bad weather.
Khattar has called an emergency meeting in Chandigarh to discuss the situation arising out of the traffic jams and waterlogging problem.
Some MNCs also declared a day off in Gurgaon as their vehicles which pick and drop employees were stranded in traffic.
Gurgaon Police has issued an advisory asking people coming to Gurgaon from Delhi to avoid travelling.
“People coming to Gurgaon from Delhi are advised to stay back today to avoid being stuck in traffic jams due to flooding on roads,” it said on Twitter.
“As BJP passes the buck, Gurgaon chokes. What an awful ordeal for commuters especially ambulances that may have been stuck for hours!,” Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Chief Secretary D S Dhesi said the situation arose last evening due to unexpected 46 mm rainfall recorded within three hours as against 190mm rainfall recorded between June 1 and July 27 in Gurgaon.
He said that the situation had aggravated because a flyover was under construction at Hero Honda Chowk. As a result of its scaffoldings and construction material, the by lane had further become narrow causing traffic bottlenecks.
With a view to regulate traffic, light vehicles are being allowed to pass on priority basis while heavy vehicles are being diverted.