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Heavy rains in Gurgaon, traffic crawls

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Gurgaon:Traffic in the city once again came to a standstill due to waterlogging following two hours of heavy showers resulting in an eight-km jam on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on NH-8 and several important intersections.

Hero Honda Chowk, Sohna Road, Manesar, Udyog Vihar, Old Gurgaon Road and Rajeev Chowk witnessed waterlogging and choked traffic movement for almost three hours after heavy rainfall between 3 and 5 PM.

“Gurgaon recorded 4 mm rains. Najafgarh drain was overflowing. Waterlogging was reported at Hero Honda chowk resulting in long vehicular pile up at the entire stretch of National Highway-8,” T L Satyaprakash, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, said.

He said senior police, district administration and National Highways Authority of India officials assisted to ease the traffic movement by 8 PM.

People and office-goers returning to and from Gurgaon took to social media to share the traffic woes.

“The police took control of the situation and made the traffic movement smooth at Hero Honda Chowk. The motorists also welcomed the police assistance and coordinative behavior between the senior officials with hundreds policemen including DCP traffic, ACPs heading the teams,” said Hawa Singh, PRO of Gurgaon Police.

The traffic jam comes despite several measures announced by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after the July-28 traffic gridlock that had stretched for several hours overnight.