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Corporate and private offices in Gurugram have been advised to encourage their employees to work from home on Friday as heavy rain is forecast to lead to waterlogging and traffic jams in the city. Despite heavy rains in Delhi-NCR region on Thursday, educational institutions have also been asked to remain closed.
The Disaster Management Authority of Gurugram has issued an advisory dated September 22, asking offices to work from home to avoid congestion on the roads and to carry out civic works without interruption. Government and private schools in Noida and Greater Noida under Gautam Buddha Nagar district will also remain closed for students up to class VII.
In Delhi too, the traffic police took to Twitter to guide commuters about the traffic situation, while the weather department issued a ‘yellow’ alert in the national capital on Friday, warning people of moderate rain at most places.
Traffic jam in Gurugram
Several parts of Delhi-NCR were water-logged, resulting in long traffic jams as police struggled to decongest the roads. Due to continuous heavy rains in Gurugram, some places are waterlogged and traffic is moving at slow speed. Hence, we request all of you to come out of your home only when necessary,” read an advisory on the official Twitter handle of the traffic police.
According to police in Gurugram, there was massive waterlogging and traffic jams on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway, Signature Tower Flyover and Hero Honda Chowk. More than 1,000 traffic police were deployed after it started raining in the morning.
According to government data, Gurugram recorded 54 mm of rainfall while Wazirabad recorded the highest of 60 mm. Although the police claimed that the traffic jam was under control, the commuters suffered a lot.
Jagdish Ahlawat, who works in a private company, said he was stuck in one place for half an hour due to waterlogging. The stretch between Hero Honda Chowk and Narsinghpur Service Lane was the worst hit on Thursday. I had taken the service lane and my car got stuck in the water,” said Jitender Dhillon, a resident of Sector 31.
Road cave in Delhi, trees uprooted
In the national capital, a road caved in as incessant light to moderate rains resulted in water logging and uprooted trees. It has been raining in the city for the 2nd consecutive day causing traffic jam.
The incessant rains have led to congestion at major junctions and stretches, leading to traffic jams. Cab and autorickshaw fares have also gone up sharply due to the rains. “The carriageway from Mahipalpur red light towards Mehrali has been affected due to water logging. Traffic affected due to water logging at Birni Road and Duda Mandi Red Light in Najabgarh,” Delhi Traffic Police tweeted. “Avoid traveling on Mahatma Gandhi Marg from Moti Bagh junction towards Daula Gwan due to waterlogging near Shanti Niketan,” it said in another tweet.
The MCD has received three complaints of standing water in Fatehpur Peri, Sangam Vihar and Tigri Kala villages and seven complaints of uprooted trees. The Delhi Traffic Police helpline said it received 23 calls.
A senior police officer said traffic was heavy from Daula Gwan to Gurugram and near Satya Niketan in southwest Delhi. The official said that a portion of the road near Satya Niketan is caved in and only two of the four lanes are operational, resulting in heavy traffic in the area. Passengers also took to the micro-blogging site to complain about the traffic situation.
“Huge traffic jam from Hamdhart Nagar to Ambedkar Nagar Bus Stand,” said one Twitter user, while another said, “There is no traffic police” to direct motorists.
A fresh spell of rain just before the withdrawal of monsoon would help offset a major deficit (46 per cent till September 22 morning) in the NCR region, the Meteorological Department said.
With this, air purity and temperature can be kept under control, said the Meteorological Department. Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 23.8 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, 7 points below normal. The 24-hour average AQI improved from 109 on Wednesday and settled at 66 (satisfactory category) at 4 pm.
(with PTI inputs)
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