Chennai Redux: Rain, poor drains drown major metros
On Thursday and Friday , metropolitan India ex perienced to some extent what Chennai experienced during its monsoon last December.
Many parts of Chennai saw more than 40cm rain in 24 hours then. But the ballpark figure in Delhi (Gurugram), Bengaluru and Mumbai was only 10cm. Yet there were reports of flooding in these cities, showing that rapid urban expansion without planning for proper stormwater drainage is not unique to Chennai. Residents of several densepopulated pockets in the ly populated pockets in the newly developed IT hubs spread across south and southeast Bengaluru woke up to a watery nightmare and boats were pressed into service to rescue those marooned.
At least five lakes dotting Bengaluru between Bannerghatta Road in the south and HAL Airport Road overflowed, sending water swirling into their neighbourhood.Kodichikkanahalli, Akshayanagar, Arakere Layout, Yemalur and Kariyammana Agrahara were the worst affected with roads turning into canals, residences getting submerged in water up to 10ft and basements getting flooded.
In Gurugram, it was a traffic jam that lasted so long and was so bad that it earned itself a unique name: Gurujam. For 20 hours, starting around 6 pm on Thursday , the Millennium City remained gridlocked, and waterlogged.
AMet reading from nearby Palam showed just 64mm of rain. Haryana’s civic agencies blamed Delhi for the watery mess. They said Delhi shut down the sluice gates of Najafgarh drain on Thursday evening. This led to the Badshahpur drain, which empties into Najafgarh drain, filling to the brim, and in places breaching its banks. Delhi, which also experienced water logging, however, denied it shut the Najafgarh drain gates.
dinathanthi newspaper 30/07/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx