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Heavy rains lash Delhi, forces deployed at 14 points in Gurgaon

PTI
Published Jul 30, 2016, 4:21 pm IST
Updated Jul 30, 2016, 4:22 pm IST
14 crucial points have been identified in Gurgaon where round-the-clock forces have been deployed.
The prohibitory orders were lifted on Friday night after the situation on the roads normalised but overnight rains contributed to slow traffic movement. (Photo: PTI)
 The prohibitory orders were lifted on Friday night after the situation on the roads normalised but overnight rains contributed to slow traffic movement. (Photo: PTI)

Gurgaon/Delhi: The chock-a-block situation in Gurgaon eased on Saturday with police officials deployed at 14 crucial points in the city, including Hero Honda Chowk, to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said there were no traffic jams in the city but the traffic movement was slow.

 

"There is no jam but traffic movement is slow. ACP and other officers are present on the spot. All media persons are requested to cooperate so that there is no panic among citizens," Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk.

However, traffic jams on account of waterlogging were reported from Sohna Road and other major roads. A 5 km long jam has been reported from Badshahpur Vatika Chowk.

Long tailbacks were witnessed in gridlocked roads in Gurgaon last two days 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 near Hero Honda chowk.

 

Schools were also ordered to be shut down for two days.

The jams, which on some roads had stretched for 15 km, eased after prohibitory orders - which bans large gatherings and is usually reserved for troubled areas - was imposed yesterday on a key crossing for several hours.

The prohibitory orders were lifted on Friday night after the situation on the roads normalised but overnight rains contributed to slow traffic movement causing trouble to commuters.

Virk said 14 crucial points have been identified on the NH-8 and other parts of the city where round-the-clock forces have been deployed including SHOs, four ACPs at west, east, south zones and Sohna road.

 

"At each point, inspector-rank officers have been deputed along with police personnel. Duty has been divided in two shifts, day shift from 8 AM to 8 PM and night shift from 8 PM to 8 AM. These duties will continue till further orders," he added.

The 14 crucial points are Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Jharsa Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Shankar Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Golf Course Extension Road intersection on Sohna Road, Main Chowk in Sohna, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk, HUDA City Center Station and sector 31 redlight and their vicinity.

 

Meanwhile, heavy rains kept the temperature below normal levels on Saturday even as waterlogging in several areas slowed vehicular movement inconveniencing commuters in the national capital of Delhi.

"The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 AM was 24 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal," a MeT department official said.

Safdarjung observatory has recorded 12.9 mm of rainfall while Palam observatory 143.6 mm till 8.30 AM.

The downpour triggered traffic snarls at various intersections and busy roundabouts including ITO and Dhaula Kuan.

 

Vehicles moved at a snail's pace on several roads such as Mahipalpur Chowk, Rangpuri U-turn near Radisson hotel, Vayusenabad, Azad Market Chowk, causing hardship to the commuters.

Delhi Traffic Police took to micro-blogging site Twitter to caution commuters of congestion due to waterlogging and said the situation is likely to continue till Sunday.

However, the roads connecting Delhi and Gurgaon on which long tailbacks were witnessed over past two days due to severe waterlogging on NH-8, witnessed better traffic movement today with no chock-a-block situation.

 

While the mercury has fallen due to rains providing relief from sweltering heat, the humidity levels have shot up to 95 per cent and the weatherman has predicted the rains will continue.

"The skies will be generally cloudy. Heavy rains will continue to occur in some areas of the capital and maximum temperature is expected to settle at 29 degrees Celsius," the official added.

On Friday, the minimum and maximum temperature recorded were 26.5 and 29.5 degree Celsius respectively.

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