New Delhi: Monsoon woes, as just two hours of incessant rain, brought Gurgaon to an idle for over 10 hours. The two day traffic nightmare in city Gurgaon following heavy rains late on Friday. While saving those wedged in traffic was the instant concern, the huge financial losses of the large IT, auto and medical centres in the city are still being calculated. It’s a sheer waste when half the people choose to skip work and take the day off whereas the other half gets wedged in hours of traffic jam foremost to loss of productive hours. All this now since it rained and the city twisted into a seasonal water body. The jams, which on some roads had stretched for 15 km, eased after prohibitory orders – which bans large gatherings and is usually reserved for troubled areas – was imposed on a key crossing for several hours. Late in the evening, the prohibitory orders were lifted after the situation on the roads normalised. Urban flooding is not a fresh phenomenon. More and more cities and towns are opposite 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. Material damage caused by waterlogging or flowing water.
Social consequences that have unenthusiastic long-term effects of a more mental character, like reduce of property values in regularly flooded areas and belated economic development, for e.g. traffic disruptions, administrative and labour costs, production losses, spreading of diseases, etc. The two hours of rain reason flooding and shaped considerable infrastructure problems and enormous financial losses in terms of production, as well as important damage to property and goods. It caused large damage to buildings and other public and private infrastructure. The flooding of street can limit or totally hinder the functioning of traffic systems and has indirect consequences such as loss of business and chance. In Gurgaon, burgeoning human populace coupled with the augmented urban concentration has escalated both the occurrence and severity of disasters like flash floods. In a city just 15 years old, unplanned urbanisation has radically 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. Infringement 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 normal disasters. While traffic organization 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. Urban planning principles have to be followed to make the city sustainable and resilient. Facing the same problems year-after-year and escaping to business-as-usual after a few days of negative press is not the solution.