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Rains rain trouble as Gurgaon police issue apology, transfer top cop

A day after heavy rainfall triggered waterlogging and traffic jams in Gurgaon, the city’s police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk has been transferred to Rohtak. In his place, Sandeep Khirawar will be the new police commissioner in Gurgaon.

This comes in the wake of the Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash admitting that there were blunders on the part of the management and they are making all efforts to make amends. Speaking to the media he said, “There were a couple to blunders we did and we apologise to whoever suffered and sincerely regret the inconvenience” he added “we have taken this as an opportunity to re position ourselves. Now, even if it rains double the amount, people won’t face problems. We promise this won’t repeat again.”

Gurgaon: Vehicle moves through a water logged road after heavy rains in Gurgaon on Saturday. PTI Photo
Gurgaon: Vehicle moves through a water logged road after heavy rains in Gurgaon on Saturday.  (PTI)

The entire ruckus was created on Thursday evening when heavy rains and waterlogging rendered several parts of Gurgaon paralysed with many commuters being left stranded for hours on the main highway connecting Delhi and Jaipur as well the roads that link Delhi to Gurgaon. The cause of the chaos as attributed by the government was the submerging of Hero Honda chowk, due to drainage overflow. Commuters were seen abandoning their vehicles and wading through knee-deep waters with many of them taking to Twitter to vent their anger.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday had called for an emergency meeting in Chandigarh to tackle the ongoing traffic jam and waterlogging problem. Even the union transport minister Nitin Gadkari had ordered National Highways chief Raghav Chandra to send a team of officials to clear the traffic and submit a report to him. The Gurgaon police had issued ‘prohibitory orders’ to ban large gatherings was put in place for several hours. Schools were ordered shut and people coming from Delhi were asked not to enter the ‘millennium city,’ Gurgaon.

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