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Hero Honda Chowk, other areas may flood again if work is delayed

Areas such as sectors 34, 37, Hero Honda Chowk, Subhash Chowk and patches on Sohna Road may again witness massive waterlogging this year, if the work on widening of Badshahpur drain does not finish before the arrival of the monsoons.

After the 2016 flood-like situation, officials had realised that the 28km-long Badshahpur drain reduces from 30 metres to 10 metres at Khandsa village for a 600-metre stretch, as a result of which drain water overflows following heavy rains and floods nearby areas, including the village, sectors 34, 37 and Hero Honda Chowk.

Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) officials said they are targeting completing the work before this year’s monsoon. The HSVP has already missed the deadline twice before — in 2017 and again in 2018.

“We had faced hurdles such as litigation issues, unexpected rains, resistance from villagers, enormous amounts of construction debris scattered from 35 demolished houses, that led to the project being delayed. However, this year there is no such hurdle anticipated. We are on course to complete the work before this monsoon,” said Shweta Sharma, executive engineer of HSVP, who is in-charge of the Khandsa drain expansion work.

Though HSVP officials informed the chief secretary that work is expected to be completed by April 30, Sharma said work will be complete before the monsoons. He said the HSVP cannot expedite widening work since Khandsa village is densely populated. She said HSVP can only excavate 12m of ground before covering it and proceeding to the next spot as there is a constant risk of nearby houses collapsing.

On August 28 last year, following heavy rain, the underpass was shut for nearly 50 hours as more than 50 million litres of rainwater had accumulated inside. Later, an expert committee found two parallel drains running across the junction were not connected to any master drain and as a result there was no outlet for the water to flow.

The master drain, linked to the Badshahpur drain, has its own set of problems.

“As a result of the linkage, drain water flows back and floods areas below the Subhash Chowk flyover. The only permanent solution to this is widening the drain at Khandsa village,” said Lalit Arora, chief engineer of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA). Arora was also one of the three members in the expert committee who had examined the reasons behind Hero Honda Chowk underpass flooding.

First Published:
Mar 19, 2019 00:44 IST

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