21st June, Gurugram: The section connecting Hero Honda Chowk and Kherki Daula turns into an underwater zone in the monsoon grounding traffic, frequently resulting in gridlock.
The stretch, being a low-lying area, literally goes underwater even after moderate rainfall. In 2016, the region suffered a 48-hour gridlock due to monsoon coupled by breaches in the Badshahpur drain. The authorities conducted an aerial survey and found that a drain located merely 2 km from NH-8 in the Khandsa village was causing a backflow towards the highway. Consequently, a drain widening project was authorised by the civic authorities to unclog the drain and reduce the backflow of water.
The drain stretches 40 km in length and 30 m in width in most areas. However, the width of the drain reduces to 10 m in Khandsa village. HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority) proposed the expansion of the drain in two phases. In the first phase, the width of the drain was to be widened by 10 m on a 600 m stretch starting from the expressway till the end of the village.
However, the project is still in limbo after a year due to the issue of displacement of 35 families residing in 80 houses in the Khandsa village. These families are not willing to move unless they are assured rehabilitation and suitable compensation. Earlier, HUDA tried to shift the residents in Sector 37 but the families refused, stating that the area did not have basic amenities.
HUDA is trying its best to attract the landowners to Sector 37 by laying infrastructure and the officials are hopeful that the issue will be resolved soon. HUDA has already sent the file to the state for increasing the compensation amount from Rs. 3.4 crore to Rs. 8 crore.