Gurugram, July 29: Gurugram, earlier known as Gurgaon, crawled after heavy downpour caused water-logging and massive traffic jam on Gurgaon-Jaipur highway. Hundreds of commuters on the Delhi-Jaipur route remained stuck on National Highway 8 (NH8) due to traffic jams. The slow transport movement and waterlogging at many places in Gurugram forced the authorities to shut down schools in Delhi’s satellite city. Also Read - Republic Day Traffic Diversions in Delhi-Noida Route on January 22-23, 25-26 | Check Complete Details Here
In order to take the stock of the situation, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari spoke to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Chairman and asked him send a team to bring situation under control. The NHAI team will coordinate with state officials to clear vehicular movement. (ALSO READ: Bengaluru rains: Heavy downpour causes water logging, boats used in Bilekahalli to rescue trapped) Also Read - School Reopening News: Classes 6 to 8 to Reopen in Haryana From February First Week | SOPs Here
The NH-8, which is the main carriageway from Delhi to Jaipur, was choked with hundreds of trucks unable to move and the situation worsened as morning commuters too came on the road. The traffic jam started on Thursday around 4 PM after heavy rains, led to waterlogging near Hero Honda Chowk. Hundreds of commuters were stranded whole night. Scores of trucks remained stranded and several commuters were stuck in knee deep waters for hours without fuel or water. Also Read - Amid Cold Waves, Protesting Farmers Start Facility for Ironing Clothes at Singhu Border
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. The traffic is moving slowly at few places, but it would take few more hours to restore the smooth movement.
The political blame game has already begun over the traffic situation in Gurugram. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar blamed Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of neighbour state Delhi, for the entire mess. The BJP unit of Haryana said that Najafgarh drain, through which water exits Gurgram, has been blocked partially in Delhi. Hence, AAP-led Delhi government should be held responsible for the traffic fiasco.
Hitting back at BJP, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that traffic jams in Gurugram was a result of failed development model of BJP government. “Changing name won’t bring development,” said Sisodia.