In view of the heavy rains that hit Gurugram on Thursday and given the forecast for additional rainfall on Friday, the District Disaster Management Authority has issued a notice to private institutions and corporate offices to guide their employees to work from home to avoid traffic jams. .
Additionally, all private educational institutions have been instructed to close schools/colleges on Friday.
“It will also help civic agencies quickly undertake dewatering and repair work,” the notice read.
About 105mm of rainfall was recorded in Gurugram and Manesar on Thursday which caused heavy congestion on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
Commuters on the highway near Narsinghpur Chowk faced huge traffic jams and some people were seen walking in knee-deep water.
Photos and videos of the submerged highway and Narsinghpur Chowk service road have been widely shared on social media.
Gurugram Traffic Police also informed commuters about the traffic via Twitter. Police have asked commuters to consider working from home due to congestion and traffic jams.
Apart from this, major traffic jams were reported from Narsinghpur Chowk towards Rajiv Chowk on the highway during the late hours of the night. Vehicles lined up for several miles due to congestion at various points on the highway.
There was bumper-to-bumper traffic due to gridlock which resulted in rumbles of traffic on the freeway and connecting roads.
“Senior police officers as well as traffic police are present in rain affected areas to ensure smooth traffic flow. We also urge people not to go out unnecessarily,” said Virender Singh Sangwan, DCP (Traffic).
The most affected sections were Hanuman Chowk, Sector-18, Narsinghpur, Jharsa Crossing, Sarhaul mode, Sector 29, Sector 44, Sector 38, Sector 50, Rajeev Chowk, Mahaveer Chowk, Sheetla Mata Road, Civil Lines, Golf Course Extension Road , Vatika Chowk and Dwarka Expressway.
Part of a road collapsed in the incessant rains that battered Delhi, leading to waterlogging and uprooting of trees that caused massive traffic jams in many parts of the capital on Thursday.
The Delhi traffic police hotline received 23 calls related to traffic jams, seven related to waterlogging and two related to uprooting of trees in various parts of the city, officials said.
Calls related to traffic jams from Khajuri Chawk, Goyala Dairy, Yamuna Bridge, Outer Ring Road Paschim Vihar, Rohini Sector-8, Hanuman Mandir Pusa Road, Azad Market, Dwarka flyover, Dhaula Kuan in Gurgaon among others were received after the rains, officials said.