Despite heavy rain on Monday, minimal waterlogging was reported from sections around the Aravallis compared to previous years as rainwater was channeled into the forests through dams built in the area, officials said.
After severe waterlogging in the Golf Course Road last year, the authorities found that the runoff from the streams in the Aravallis was the main cause. In the run-up to this monsoon, they built back dams in the Aravallis to ensure that the water was diverted to the forest area, which also serves as an important catchment area for replenishing the water table.
Subhash Yadav, the departmental forest officer and head of the urban environment department of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), said that up until last year, water was flowing from the streams into the drainage system, increasing the load on the Badshahpur runoff.
“This time we made sure that rainwater from the Aravallis does not run off into the sewer system. The water from three streams was stored in the forests themselves with the help of bodies of water and dams built there. This will help with both groundwater recharge and water availability for wildlife, ”said Yadav.
Three dams were built along the creeks on Golf Course Road, while creeks near Shiv Nadar School and Wazirabad were revitalized to stop rainwater flow.
On August 19 and 20, 2020, the city received over 196 mm of precipitation, as a result of which the seven-kilometer Golf Course Road was flooded, with rainwater collecting in several places at a height of up to 0.5 meters above the surface. This year, however, despite 185 mm of precipitation in two days, no waterlogging was reported from Golf Course Road, Sector 28 and Sector 26, which are located around the Aravallis.
Latika Thukral, co-founder of iamgurgaon, an organization that helped authorities conduct a hydrogeological survey of the area, said: “This time it was decided not to create concrete drains near the Aravallis and attempt to drain the water out of the area transport the streets into the green spaces. For example, MG Road and Faridabad Road are 200 meters above Golf Course Road; So when water comes from there, it bubbles down. But in this attempt this year water flowed into the forests. ”
She said that cleaning up the Chakkarpur-Wazibarad Bundh helped divert water from the streets into sewers and that this part of the city did not flood.
Meanwhile, the effectiveness of measures to combat waterlogging in the Aravallis was also discussed during a high-level meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) at the PWD rest house in Civil Lines on Tuesday.
At the meeting held to discuss waterlogging on Monday, MCG Councilor Kuldeep Yadav expressed appreciation for the ponds and natural drainage layout in the Aravalli area.
“Wherever possible, such precautions should also be taken in other areas. Due to the heavy rainfall on Monday, the water collected in these ponds and natural drains would gradually recharge the groundwater. Small streams should also be created elsewhere in the city. In addition, the green belt area should be below street level so that rainwater can be collected there, ”said Yadav in an official statement from the MCG.
He also suggested building modular harvest pits.
The MCG commissioner, Mukesh Kumar Ahuja, directed all joint commissioners to visit sites where waterlogging was reported, along with the local council and engineers from the engineering wing to take remedial action.
Mayor Madhu Azad also said a proposal would be sent to senior officials, including the Prime Minister of Haryana, taking action against officials or MCG employees for negligence in their work.
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