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'We Made Blunders', Admits Top Gurgaon Official After Traffic Mess

Just two hours of continuous rain, brought Gurgaon to a standstill for over 10 hours.

While rescuing those stuck in traffic was the immediate concern, the huge economic losses of the large IT, auto and medical centres in the city are still being computed. It’s a sheer waste when half the people decide to skip work and take the day off while the other half get stuck in hours of traffic jam leading to loss of productive hours. All this just because it rained and the city turned into a seasonal water body.

More and more cities and towns are facing waterlogged streets. Post 2000, we have witnessed that even relatively small downpours are enough to clog drains, fill up streets and disrupt life, which have also been the subject of several studies.

Typically material damage caused by waterlogging or flowing water.

social consequences that have negative long-term effects of a more psychological character, like decrease of property values in frequently flooded areas and delayed economic development, for e.g. traffic disruptions, administrative and labour costs, production losses, spreading of diseases, etc.

The two hours of rain caused flooding and created considerable infrastructure problems and huge economic losses in terms of production, as well as significant damage to property and goods. It caused large damage to buildings and other public and private infrastructure.

The flooding of street can limit or completely hinder the functioning of traffic systems and has indirect consequences such as loss of business and opportunity.

In Gurgaon, burgeoning human population coupled with the increased urban concentration has escalated both the frequency and severity of disasters like flash floods.

In a city just 15 years old, unplanned urbanisation has drastically altered the drainage characteristics of natural catchments, or drainage areas, by increasing the volume and rate of surface runoff.

Drainage systems are unable to cope with the increased volume of water and are often encountered with the blockage due to indiscriminate disposal of solid wastes.

Encroachment of natural water bodies, floodplains, etc. obstructs floodways causing loss of natural flood storage. There are no good resilience plans in place to help the area withstand climate-related natural disasters.

While traffic management is the best way to handle the crisis when such disaster strikes, it is also important to look at long-term resolution of the issue. 

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