Gurgaon traffic jam: Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport and highways minister, has stepped in to help ease the huge traffic and water logging problem that has brought Gurugram to a standstill. Nitin Gadkari has asked the NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) to step in to ensure proper vehicular traffic movement on NH8. NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra has been asked to report on the progress of the efforts and the authority’s team will coordinate with state officials to solve the chockablock situation at Hero Honda Chowk. NHAI officials are currently at the Hero Honda Chowk and have assured that traffic movement will improve in some time and the water levels will recede.
BS Singla, Chief General Manager of NHAI told FE Online, “I am right now at the Hero Honda Chowk. Six pumps of the NHAI are working and the water level has come down. This water that was flooding the roads and NH8 was from the Badshapur drain which overflowed. I can assure you that the situation will be better within the next half an hour. Already cars have started moving.” Asked about what contingency measures are in place if the heavy rainfall continues, Singla said, “Right now it is not raining, but even if it does our pumps are ready and we will monitor the situation closely.”
Haryana chief secretary DS Dhesi on his part said, “I have been told that the Hero Honda Chowk is being cleared, the traffic is moving slowly. The crisis management committee held a meeting on this and the truck movement has been regulated.” Gurgaon, or Gurugram’s, massive traffic jam and water logging, caused due to incessant rain in the millennium city has drawn massive flak from the commuters and the city dwellers. The traffic snarls, which started yesterday, led to people being stuck for over five to seven hours.