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Gurgaon Traffic Mess: DC imposes Sec 144


gurgaon trafficTraffic stretches back in Hero Honda chowk as waterlogging during monsoon downpours causes traffic jams in Gurgaon on July 29, 2016. Thousands of Indians were left stranded overnight July 29, as major traffic gridlock paralysed roads leading to a key business city near New Delhi and authorities struggled to get the situation under control. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Gurgaon: As thousands of commuters were left stranded on Gurgaon Delhi Expressway and NH-8 due to massive traffic jam, Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T L Satyaprakash today imposed prohibitory orders near Hero Honda Chowk here for easing out the congestion.

“Considering the unprecedented rainfall and the flow of huge volume of water due to downward gradient from Delhi towards Gurgaon, prohibitory order under section 144 CRPC has been imposed near Hero Honda Chowk in the city,” he said.

The Deputy Commissioner said DEO has been directed to request all schools in the city to remain close today and tomorrow due to potholes and open manholes.

“Civil agencies may requisition all infrastructure equipment at benchmark rates so as to reposition roads, traffic congestions and other necessary actions. For next  three days, the flash flood management works shall be undertaken on quotations basis and all the contractors shall coorperate with the civic agencies,” he said.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, has called an emergency meeting in Chandigarh to tackle the ongoing traffic jam and waterlogging problem.

The Deputy Commissioner directed that wherever the flow of water was obstructed due to encroachment, the concerned engineer or staff may undertake removal of such encroachment on urgent basis with summary information to the concerned owner.

“The traffic management will continue till the end of September i.e the monsoon season. CEO, Sheetla Mata Mandir Board shall make payments for all additional home guards even if it is beyond the competency of Chief Administrator considering the task at hand,” Suryaprakash said.

“Wherever the co-operation is not received the police may register cases against such delinquent officials till the end of the monsoon on request by civic agencies,” he said.

Thousands of office goers and other commuters were stranded in Gurgaon as heavy rains led to waterlogging on NH-8 causing huge traffic jams, forcing authorities to shut down schools in Delhi’s satellite city while some offices too declared it an off.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has ordered National Highways chief Raghav Chandra to send a team of officials to clear the traffic and submit a report to him.