Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has ordered the national highways chief to send a team of officials to clear the traffic jam in Gurugram, which has been facing 12-hour traffic jams after heavy rains flooded the streets of the corporate hub.
The Gurugram police have advised people, especially those who come from Delhi, to avoid coming to the city due to heavy water logging on the streets and the highways. Schools have been ordered to remain shut for two days while the police are out on the streets trying to manage the traffic which has been crawling since Thursday.
Several areas including Sohna Road, Golf Course Road as well as localities around Huda City Centre are heavily flooded. Parts of NH8, especially Hero Honda Chowk, are submerged in water.
Several people were forced to abandon their cars after they ran out of fuel. They had to walk down a few kilometres home or to the nearest bus stop, NDTV reported. Police officers have said that the abandoned cars have aggravated the already worse situation.
The Badshahpur drain, which carries rainwater, had also breached, worsening the situation further. However, water is being pumped out of the area.
Meanwhile, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda has lashed out at the Manohar Lal Khattar government over the traffic situation in Gurgaon.
"We have never witnessed such a situation during ten years of the Congress government. Haryana government have not prepared for the monsoons at all," Hooda was quoted by CNN News18 as saying.
However, Khattar has blamed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the current situation in Gurgaon citing non-cooperation on their part.
â€” Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) July 28, 2016
Haryana chief secretary has called an emergency meeting to figure out how to tackle the situation. People have hit out at the government on social media with hashtag #Gurugram trnding on Twitter.
â€” Santosh Mishra (@santoshmishra) July 29, 2016
â€” Narender Sharma (@narysharma1979) July 29, 2016