Gurugram Deputy Commissioner (DC) Satya Prakash today said there was an "implementation blunder" in dealing with the present crisis which hit the city due to heavy rain yesterday.
Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner (DC) TL Satyaprakash today said there was an “implementation blunder” in dealing with the present crisis which hit the city due to heavy rain yesterday. The DC, however, said the city’s civic body is better prepared to deal with any crisis arising out of heavy rain this year than the previous years. However, due to some errors of judgment by the civic body, water problem went out of hand as the city received about 25% rain of the entire season this within three hours. “It was a definite progress than last year, but with a sense of embarrassment I regret. We could have done better,” Satyaprakash told Times Now.
Explaining how the problem started, the DC told the channel: “There were a cluster of reasons that led to traffic jam. First was taxi drivers’ strike at airport. And a lot of people, who were stranded, entered Gurgaon en masse. Second, people started going out of office at 5 pm while the rain had started at 4 PM. About 25% of total rain this season took place in just three hours yesterday. And for a city like Gurgaon which has its own issues like planning, it was also a big problem,” he said.
Satyaprakash pointed out that there are only three outlets through which water moves out of the city. Yesterday, the civic body officials tried to pump out water from Badshahpur drain near Hero Honda Chowk, which is connected to Nazafgarh drain. Satyaprakash said the administration “overestimated the capacity of the Nazafgarh drain”. He accepted that there was an “implementation blunder””on behalf of the civic body while dealing with the unexpected heavy rain.
He informed that the civic body officials are working round the clock and all problems will be sorted out soon. However, with more rain expected in the coming days, it would be an uphill task for the Gurgaon administration to bring the city back to normalcy. The DC said the city administration is novice as it doesn’t have the years of civic administration experience like those in Mumbai and Bangalore. “But we consider the present challenge as an opportunity to learn. And we will sure solve the present crisis. “We will ensure that we will not have this problem again,” he told the channel.