It began with what is now being called a “monster jam” in Gurgaon on Thursday night, which spilled into the small hours of Friday morning.
Gurgaon's worst traffic nightmare came true on Thursday. Persistent rains and abysmal civic infrastructure combined to plunge the Millennium City into an agonising chaos. Gridlocked traffic on waterlogged roads led to a massive jam that stretched anywhere between 6 to 16 hours depending on the venue. The anger and misery of commuters was reflected in hundreds of tweets even as @gurgaonpolice posted traffic status and live Periscope videos of the most affected areas in a desperate attempt to restore order.
It began with what is now being called a "monster jam" on Thursday night, which spilled into the small hours of Friday morning. Several posts from Sohna Road complained of traffic coming to a complete standstill.
"My cousin is stuck at Sohna Road, Gurgaon (Gurugram) since last five hours in traffic jam. Wonder what will happen in the days to come," wrote @someshjha7."Stuck in traffic since last 3 hours in Sohna Road, Gurgaon :(," wrote @THEGR8HERO."Monster traffic jam in Gurgaon is a reminder that we need basic cities before we need Smart cities," tweeted @samjawed65.
Such tweets continued to flood the social networking site on Friday morning. One @rahuldubey1974 tweeted at close to 9am: "Gurgaon Jaipur highway completely jam packed...vehicles are stand still...stuck since last 45 mins."
In the midst of the civic nightmare, the recent change of name of the city from Gurgaon to Gurugram was trashed heavily. "They learnt from history and change the name...hope they wd hv learnt how to manage the drainage system from history itself #Gurugram
," wrote @CricketMishra.
Some, like @iampraveen31, took solace in the fact that the matter was at least trending online. "I am glad this is going viral and teaching the right people. It is an everyday problem we face in Gurugram. Do something @PMOIndia," he wrote. Others like @nipunambastha were less hopeful: "Well well, this is usual stuff that happens in #Gurugram
. People will forget soon and same will happen next year," he tweeted.
Politicians and civic agencies earned flak. But there were some words of praise for the police. "Only ones working in #Gurugram
is @gurgaonpolice, working tirelessly, helping commoners. Blame game b/w sarkars & babus continues meanwhile," wrote @RRGwrites.
Some like @MrAmbiDexter took to sarcasm to vent their frustration with tweets such as: "#Gurugram is a nice city, world class buildings, huge shopping malls, giant towers, and olympic size swimming pools on the road."