Rain pours misery in Zirakpur, Kharar

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Showers threw life out of gear as rainwater inundated roads at various places in the district.

The movement of vehicles was reduced to a snail’s pace in Zirakpur and access to many localities restricted due to knee-deep water, posing troubles to residents.

The heavy showers laid bare the civic bodies’ preparedness for the monsoon season.

In Zirakpur, roads, including the Chandigarh-Ambala main highway, Zirakpur-Kalka road and Old Kalka-Ambala road, were waterlogged at several places. The main artery of Zirakpur, the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, was full of rainwater, slush, garbage and plastic waste. Several places such as the Patiala chowk, the U-turn near Maya Garden Magnesia and the Singhpura light point were inundated.

At a park in Sector 70, Mohali, a defunct fountain enclosure turned into swimming pool as kids gambolled in the stagnant water. KNS Sodhi, a senior citizen, said, “There are five councillors in the area, but the Sector 70 park is in a shambles. The fountain here has not worked for ages.”