Rainy season can be loads of fun. A walk under overcast skies or a drive through the stormy weather can be a lot of fun even if it may sound a bit clichéd. With the water problems being a concern for most of the city, it is a harbinger of good tidings in what is possibly the hottest few months in history. At least we hope so.
Gurgaon, or as the administration would like to call it, “Gurugram”, has had its own relationship with the weather. Come every monsoon and we can find the problems with our road management system with the utter dismal conditions present for the public. While those in power have the means to get roads constructed at a moment’s notice in whatever areas they may have the fortune to visit, Gurgaon remains a mess of constructions, messy roads and heavy traffic.
Keeping in mind the flooding and water logging along some of the busiest roads in the Millennium City and along the Delhi Jaipur Highway, quite a few proposals have been submitted and discussed in the past six months. Work on these proposals is another story. With monsoon expected in Delhi NCR by the first week of July, the city’s infrastructure is woefully unprepared for the higher than normal deluge which is expected this year.
New projects admittedly require time and planning. What is raising alarm bells across the residents and office goers in the area is that not even the regular desilting of the existing drainage system has been done till now, with the work still in the tender stage.
With the ever expanding construction projects and the large volume of people making their way to offices, the monsoon has been hard for the people in this part of the city in the previous years. But this year, with officials expecting more than average amount of rainfall, even government officials have become worried about the state of affairs. While some have started raising the issue with their superiors, there are some who have also warned of the possibility of flash floods.
New projects which were expected to help the waterlogging prone area of Hero Honda Chowk and the NH8 are stuck in various delays. While some projects are awaiting the release of funds to even start work, there are many such projects for which the basic work of land acquisition is yet to be done.
According to a TOI report, the status of projects as follows –
- Project: Build an additional drain along Badshapur nullah under NH-8 service lane near HHC
Status: Land no acquired
- Project: Artificial lake in Sector 72A near NH-8 to collect excess rainwater
Status: Land not acquired
- Project: Excavation of drain along SPR
Status: Pending approval from Huda chief engineer
- Project: Desilting of existing stormwater drains
Status: Under tender process
- Project: Construction of check dam at Ghata
Status: Waiting for financial approval
- Project: Construction of check dams in Aravalis
Status: Huda yet to decide if they will construct, or will pay forest department to construct the check dams
Recently, lawmakers of Haryana showed great alacrity in changing the name of Gurgaon to Gurugram basis a thin connection to Guru Dronacharya from Hindu mythology. While the enthusiasm could be seen leaking right out of our TV sets, we are yet to see such application or dedication from officials on matter of actual concern and practicality.
Ranveer Raj Bhatnagar