Trying to cross this Gurgaon road is like stepping foot on a Formula 1 track!

Residents of sectors 27 and 28, Gurgaon, are wary of crossing the road dividing the two sectors, owing to vehicles plying at high speeds.

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The sectors lie on either side of a 1.5-km-long road that connects Golf Course and Galleria. About 500 to 700 cars ply on the stretch daily. Gurgaon News

There have been attempts to slow the vehicles down. Rumble strips were installed right before the intersection to ensure cars slow down. However, it has not made much difference, as cars seldom slow down while driving over them.

“Residents have demanded a traffic signal at the intersection,” said Yogendra Bhatti, president of the Sector 27 RWA. “Just last week, my car got hit by a cab. I’ve just got it repaired.”  Gurgaon Society News

Such accidents are common on this stretch. Sangeeta Das, another resident, said a bicycle rode right into her car and narrowly avoided a major accident.

Commenting on the issue, DCP (Traffic) Balbir Singh said, “We will analyse the traffic situation there and take a call on the traffic signal based on that.”

Gurgaon, Sec 56: Can anybody even walk on these roads!

Residents of Sector 56 in Gurgaon are tired of complaining to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) about bad roads!  Gurgaon News

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It’s been years since the authorities carried out any repair work — the crater-sized potholes bear testimony to their nonchalance.  Gurgaon Society News

 

Those on two-wheelers are the worse off. “We tend to lose balance and fall off. It’s a nightmare really!” complained Vineet Tyagi, a resident.

Speaking to City Spidey, Sudhir Bhardwaj, RWA president, said, “We have reminded the MCG so many times about repairing the roads. But no action has been taken. With the rains in, you can see the condition of the roads for yourself. Our vehicles are also damaged, especially the suspension.”

CITY SPIDEY EXCLUSIVE: Three children stuck in a lift in Fresco, Gurgaon

In a dangerous incident at Fresco, a condominium in Sector 50, Gurgaon, three children, all about 10 to 12 years of age, got stuck in the Tower 4 lift on Wednesday night. The children had boarded the lift to go to their respective floors at 8.20 pm, when the lift came to a sudden halt. The children were stuck in the lift for almost 25 minutes. This is the second incident reported in the past 15 days. A few days ago, a woman resident was stuck in one of the elevators for almost 30 minutes. Gurgaon News

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But that’s not the most disturbing part.

Distraught after discovering that the alarm button on the lift was not working, the children started shouting for help, and Ravi Batra, a resident who was passing by, heard their cries and called the gate for help.  Gurgaon Society News

“It was astonishing that even after four frantic calls, the guards took a lot of time to reach the spot,” said Batra, a chief risk officer at an MNC. “The guards arrived after the fifth call. They told me that the children had been rescued. But to my shock, I could still hear them crying for help. This time I called the security in-charge, who called the lift operator [who happens to be the only person available to take care of all the 28 lifts in the society] and the children were rescued.” Gurgaon Local News

“The AMC, or the annual maintenance contract, of the lifts has expired, and OTIS, the agency responsible for maintenance, has not been maintaining them, as Unitech, the builder, owes it Rs 40 lakh,” said Nilesh Tandon, RWA president.

“I went to the Sector 50 police station and registered a complaint about the carelessness, irresponsibility and lack of services. I also discussed the matter with the commissioner of police,” Batra further added. Apartment Management System

The SHO of the Sector 50 police station, Surinder Singh Phogat, said, “We had called a representative from Unitech, who told us that the lift maintenance was Otis’s responsibility. They did admit that their service personnel reached the spot a little late, though. We will now call Otis and seek their explanation on this issue.”

Despite rains, temperature up by 4 degrees!

This morning’s showers brought some relief from the humid weather observed over the past two months. However, despite claims of being monsoon-ready from the authorities, the 32 mm of rainfall left several areas in the city waterlogged.

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Interestingly, the minimum temperature, 32.7°C, went up by 4 degrees despite the rains. Both the maximum and the minimum temperatures were recorded three degrees above normal. Gurgaon News

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rain and thunderstorm this week. An IMD official said the region would now experience a “quality monsoon”.

Despite the authorities’ assurances of being prepared for the monsoons, heavy downpour disrupted traffic across the city. Several roads inside sectors and major intersections, such as HUDA City Centre, Signature Tower, Sector 31 Road, Jharsa Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk and Iffco Chowk, suffered waterlogging. Gurgaon Society NEWS

Meanwhile, doctors at the Civil Hospital have advised people to take precautions against diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya. At present, there are 5 confirmed cases of dengue, 10 of malaria, 8 of swine flu and 15 of chikungunya in Gurgaon. Neighbourhood News

Massive waterlogging and jams on Golf Course Road

Gurgaon’s readiness to face monsoons has been called into question, yet again.

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After experiencing heavy rain at about 1 pm today, Golf Course Road and the surrounding areas experienced massive waterlogging and long traffic hold-ups.

There’s water on both sides of Golf Course Road and the nearby sectors of 50, 49, 46, 45 and 38 have been badly affected. Gurgaon News

Though the rains brought down the temperature from 37°C to 31°C, spelling temporary respite for residents, the jams that followed caused major inconvenience to the commuters.

At some junctions, owing to malfunctioning traffic lights, the police had to manage the jams manually.

“I was travelling to reach Sector 14 from Rosewood City and it took me one-and-a-half hours to reach my destination — that too, in the non-peak hours,” complained Neha Garg, a commuter.

At several places, there was no drainage in place for the excess water to flow out.  Almost three cars broke down outside Sector 45, as they could not move out of the water.

Near South City I and II, commuters on two-wheelers stopped mid-way and waited for the rains to ebb out. The rain-filled potholes were difficult to pot on this stretch.

“I was travelling to Banni Square, and was astonished by the huge amount of water on the roads. It took me more than an hour to reach the place from South City I,” recounted Suresh Kadian, a resident of South City I.

“I dread the rains even in this heat. Gurgaon’s infrastructure is just not ready for it. In just an hour, the road outside St Xavier’s High School has turned into a river. There are crater-sized potholes on the road, and it’s an ordeal to walk or drive on these roads,” complained Ruchi Verma, Escape Condominium

Thankfully, no traffic snarls were reported from Signature Tower, Rajeev Chowk, Sukhrali, Iffco Chowk and Bakhtwar Chowk.

Gurgaon, Unitech Escape: Roof leaks under heavy rains

An hour of rains and even roofs of upscale societies in Gurgaon start to leak! The roof of Tower 7 of Unitech Escape in Sector 50 began to leak after heavy afternoon showers today.

Residents on the 17th floor suddenly heard the loud sound of water rushing down. When they stepped out they saw water flowing down the staircase.

Maintenance staff rushed to the roof to identify the leak. However, due to the rains, repair work could not be carried out immediately.

And, this is not the first time that the condominium has experienced construction-related issues.

“The water was rushing down from the 17th floor. At one point, we thought the water would enter our homes,” recounted Vibha Mathur, a terrified resident on the 17th floor.

Tower 7 is one of the incomplete towers at Unitech, where construction work is still on.

 But how can the roof start to leak already? Can the builder please answer!

How did this flood-prone area become a rainwater harvesting miracle?

Until last year, a T-point zone opposite a few housing societies in Vasundhara Enclave resembled a flooded stream during the monsoons. Just 10 minutes of rain was enough for this road to clog up. However, this year the situation is different, as residents have installed seven rainwater harvesting systems around the societies, which has solved the waterlogging problem and is, at the same time, helping recharge groundwater.

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Though, these water harvesting systems were installed by the Delhi government, the residents were clearly instrumental in ensuring their utility. Ghaziabad News

BS Rawat, a resident of Delux Apartments, said, “The T-point area used to be a flood zone. We wanted a proper solution to the waterlogging problem, and then we came up with the idea of setting up water harvesting systems in the areas just below the flood-prone road. We are thankful to our local MLA, who has set up these water harvesting systems under the local area development fund.”

“We have dug a 100-m-deep pit on the roadside, where rainwater used to collect, and inserted a 5-inch pipe. This has become a route through which stagnant water clears out,” Rawat elaborated.