Choked Gurgaon: Gadkari calls NHAI, Haryana holds crisis management meeting

Photo credit: Reuters
Photo credit: Reuters

With rainwater receding slowly in Gurgaon and allowing movement of heavy vehicles, a political blame game has started between chief ministers of Haryana and Delhi.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lala Kahattar who in a tweet blamed Kejriwal for his uncooperative attitude. However, his tweet was later deleted.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has spoken to the National Highway Authority of India and sought his help. He said that a team of NHAI officials be sent to Gurgaon to help with the clearing work.

While Arvind Kejriwal kept his silence, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in a tweet said, “Just by renaming Gurgaon as Gurugram does not mean development. For development, you need plans and execution. Jumlon Se Jam Nahin Khulega (platitudes won’t resolve jams).”

While this was so, Haryana Chief Secretary DS Dhesi has convened a crisis management meeting to get the NH-8 cleared.

Traffic came to a grinding halt in Gurgaon due to heavy rainfall on July 28 evening. The Millenium City virtually got drowned in tonnes of rainwater. Traffic on Delhi-Jaipur highway and Sohna road was blocked for more than 12 hours. Traffic movement on these roads has not yet picked up.

The situation had turned so bad that Gurgaon Police has advised people not to come to Gurgaon from Delhi by maneuvering through flooded and jammed routes. The Gurgaon roads started getting blocked after it rained heavily and the Badshahpur drain, carrying the storm water broke, flooding the roads up to several feet.

Schools in the city were shut down for two days, according to media reports. It may be noted that several ambulances, kanwarias and NSG commando vehicles were struck in the snail-crawling jam.

Meanwhile, the Gurgaon police have been working actively to clear the roads and help commuters. Several vehicles, which were broken, were removed from the roads by the police in order to allow movement of heavy vehicles.