Rain, Rain and Drains in Noida!

This monsoon Noida has seen unprecedented rains as was witnessed in other parts of India. Noida rains flooded roads. The unpreparedness on part of the city administration is appalling. Rains bring a mixed bag of emotions to the Noida dwellers.

After a dry spell of three weeks Noida received a heavy downpour yesterday. It brought the temperatures two notches below the normal for the city says the Met Department. The season's average is 27 degrees Celsius. Rains brought a sigh of  relief to the residents of Noida from hot and humid days.

Rains bring respite to Noida
Photo: Reuters

Noida was lashed with rains in the evening. Rains at rush-hour were nightmarish for daily commuters who were returning from their offices. My neighbor for whom it takes otherwise just twenty minutes to reach home from office was stuck for more than an hour in a long traffic jam. Water-logged roads added woes to everybody's dismay. 

Rains during rush hour in Noida cause long traffic jams
Photo: NDTV

My maid reported in the morning they had knee-deep water around their houses in Nithari village. Every year it is the same story as many residents would agree. The areas get swamped as the drains are clogged with garbage. 

Water-logged roads in Noida
Photo: Daanish Muzaffar
Noida city has an extensive system of rain-water drains which open into either Yamuna river or the Hindon river. Noida's drain water goes through two major drains - Shahdara Drain and Noida Drain. Desilting work is carried out by Noida Authority before the beginning of Monsoon season. However, every year residents face clogged roads with nearly 1.5 feet of water. Rains bring mixed emotions to the residents of Noida.

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