The rains have casted their spell on Gurgaon so much so that most schools in Gurgaon announced Friday as a holiday, or change their dispersal timings, owing to incoming reports of water logging and heavy traffic problems in several major areas of the city due to the due to the torrential downpour of Thursday. Meanwhile, in an advisory which was issued this morning, the state government had already declared the state-run schools as closed for both Friday and Saturday –July 29 and 30.
All those who have been brought up in Gurgaon or had been living in Gurgaon since quite a few years have had almost forgotten the name of rains or if they have witnessed something it would probably would have been two or three spells. But it seems that the year 2016 had been lucky for Gurgaon, firstly its name has been changed to Gurugram (that is completely a different thing that no one still calls it by this new name) secondly, since the monsoons have actually kick-started, not a single day has passed when the dark clouds (with dark I mean, one that we see at night) haven’t casted their shadow.
The schools which declared Friday a holiday informed the parents and guardians about it through emails, text messages and even the social media. Such schools included the Delhi Public School Sushant Lok, The HDFC School, GD Goenka sector 48, DAV Public School Sector 48, The Ardee World School, and the Delhi Public School in Sector 47.
DPS sector 45, Scottish High International School, Lotus Valley International School, Shiv Nadar School, Ryan International School and Ajanta Public School are among those schools which remained opened on Friday. In the schools which remained open, early dispersal is being announced. Reportedly, the schools are also checking out those routes which would not have much traffic congestion. Important school events such as tests were cancelled. Some of the principals said that they would have kept the schools closed had the state government’s notification been received earlier.
This is not so, even thousands of office goers and other commuters were stranded in Gurgaon as heavy rains led to water logging on NH-8 thus causing huge traffic jams. Many motorists abandoned their vehicles and waded through knee-deep water which accumulated on both the carriageways of Delhi-Jaipur road, including Hero Honda Chowk, bringing traffic to a standstill with the tailback extending up to 15-20 kilometres. In the last 17 hours, people have been waiting on the road, they have been sleeping on top of vehicles, and some abandoned their vehicles and returned home
Moreover in Delhi’s satellite city some offices too declared it an off. Some MNCs also declared a day off in Gurgaon as their vehicles which pick and drop employees were stranded in traffic.