aravalli: Flooding Would’ve Been Worse With out Verify Dams: Gmda | Gurgaon Information


Gurgaon: Monday’s waterlogging throughout Gurugram might have been worse had it not been for the event of creeks and examine dams within the Aravalli hills over the past two years, officers from the Gurugram Metropolitan Improvement Authority (GMDA) mentioned on Wednesday.
The creation of extra such constructions over the subsequent one month will assist guarantee commuters face even fewer points this monsoon season, they added.
On Monday, hours-long showers, thunderstorms and squalls introduced elements of the ‘Millenium Metropolis’ to a halt. Components of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, IFFCO Chowk, Narsinghpur, Signature Towers, Udyog Vihar, Sheetla Mata Street, Bajghera, Basai, and sectors 4, 10, 39, 43, 46, 47 and 52 have been submerged below water after the primary rain this summer season.
Based on officers, a lot of the rainwater that poured over Gurgaon on Monday was diverted into examine dams and depressions throughout town. This infrastructure prevented the problem in residential areas from getting worse, they mentioned.
Town obtained 74.4 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm on the day – greater than two occasions the conventional quantity recorded within the month of Might often.
“The slope of Gurgaon is from Aravali in direction of Najafgarh drain, so usually the water would have flown downwards and into residential areas. Nevertheless, we now have made desk tops upstream itself, which slows the pace of the water stream,” mentioned a senior GMDA official.
“As well as, we now have additionally created over 100 water chutes, every of which has a radius of two to three metres, to divert the water into creeks, examine dams, and open areas,” the official mentioned.
The waterlogging that did happen throughout town on Monday was as a result of the stormwater drains had been blocked attributable to particles/leaves deposited at their mouths by heavy winds relatively than the dearth of preparedness on the a part of the authorities, officers had mentioned earlier. The arterial Golf Course Street was among the many affected stretches.
“If the examine dams weren’t there, all of the underpasses on Golf Course Street would possible have turn out to be inundated. We’re engaged on creating extra such dams within the Aravalli hills earlier than monsoon,” mentioned the official quoted above.
Round 11 examine dams have been constructed within the Aravalli hills and one other two are within the pipeline – one close to Shiv Nadar College in Sector 26A and the opposite close to Sushant College in Sector 55.
Residents of town on Wednesday mentioned the scenario had improved from earlier than however loads nonetheless stays to be finished.
“The examine dams have positively helped the scenario. If we even recall how a lot waterlogging there was throughout Gurgaon, particularly on Golf Course Street, in 2020, there’s a world of distinction now. However the truth that there was waterlogging to some extent even now signifies that there are extra remedial measures that should be taken… they have to work in direction of eliminating this downside altogether,” mentioned Ritika Khanna, who lives in Sector 54.
City planners too mentioned examine dams have helped however these are just one a part of the answer.
“You will need to recognise that the form of rainfall we’re starting to get isn’t regular, the place there’s a enormous quantity of precipitation in a brief time period. Even when infrastructure was designed as much as the usual, I’m not certain it might stand up to this sort of an occasion. Verify dams aren’t meant for excessive occasions. The GMDA must carry all of the stakeholders and take into consideration what might be finished collectively,” mentioned Mukta Naik, a Fellow on the Centre for Coverage Analysis.


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