One heavy downpour was all it took to completely choke up the Delhi-Gurugram expressway on Thursday, one of the most important roads in the capital, that connects the national capital to Gurugram. As it poured, commuters were stuck on 5 km stretch of highway for nearly 4-5 hours, and in some cases even more.
The situation got so out of control in just one night that the Gurugram police issued a statement asking commuters from Delhi to not travel to Gurugram for now. But it was the commuters themselves who felt the brunt of the rains, with some of them abandoning their cars and others deciding to call it a night and sleep in the car.
As expected, Twitter was full of tweets about the pitiable traffic conditions, and the renamed Gurugram (called Gurgaon until recently), was the butt of all jokes.
These guys got a laugh out of it:
They wanted to make Gurgaon terrific.Some illiterate local spelt it as traffic. Damn!— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) July 28, 2016
A hectic session of monsoon. Totally jammed. No work today.NoNo no, not #Gurugram. I'm talking about parliament.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 29, 2016
Politicians exchanged barbs:
BJP and AAP busy in twitter wars as the common man suffers. Is this the politics of change that was promised? #Gurugram— Kuldeep Bishnoi (@bishnoikuldeep) July 29, 2016
What Mumbai & possibly #Gurugram urgently require are bipartisan support for directly elected, empowered Mayors— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) July 29, 2016
And there was some biting criticism from some who were stuck in traffic:
I think, it's about time Ola should start Ola Boat, Ola Cruise, Ola Submarine in #Gurugram..— Swikriti (@swikritiashu) July 29, 2016
Dear people of #Gurugram ,Don't you worry.. "Rescue" is on the way...Meanwhile.. blame Kejriwal.@RoflGandhi_ pic.twitter.com/jSmkSJzyZO— डॉन™ (@DonMufflerMan) July 29, 2016
Choosing to drive in Gurgaon right now be like. pic.twitter.com/rUR3n4ShWL— Shakti Shetty (@Shakti_Shetty) July 28, 2016
Here are some videos by commuters to show you how bad the situation really was:
And then there was Suhel Seth:
For all those circulating pictures etc. I just drove to Gurgaon from the airport and there was no traffic or snarls on the ExpressWay.— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) July 29, 2016