KOLKATA, 17 JUNE: When the Bidhannagar Municipality was busy gearing up for its anniversary celebration, several areas of the township were inundated by heavy rains under the influence of a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal.
Although Mr Debasis Jana, CIC for drainage, claimed that he surveyed several areas of the township and there was no waterlogging anywhere, the residents and commuters had to wade through knee-deep water.
Roads across the stretch where East-West Metro construction was going on like College More to Wipro in Sector V, from Natya Shosh Sansthan to Karunamoyee (see sns photo), the stretch in front of Bikash Bhavan, Indira Bhavan and City Centre looked like newly-sprung canals. In the added areas of Salt Lake like Duttabad, Mahisbathan and Sukanta Nagar people spent the day praying so that water does not enter their homes. Transport connectivity to Sector V and other areas of Salt Lake was severely hit with roads going under water and taxi drivers charging exorbitant rates for even a short trip.
Mr Jana said: “We had taken enough precautions against waterlogging and work of several drainage connection was completed in time. We are successful and due to our efforts there was no waterlogging in Salt Lake.”
On being told that the correspondent went around the township and saw several areas inundated, he said, “I don’t know what you are talking about. It is impossible to get even a bowl full of water on the roads.” The bus stands of 206 and Karunamoyee also remained inundated and several buses had to change their route causing immense inconvenience to commuters.
The councillor of Sukanta Nagar in ward no 19, Mrs Kalpana Mukherjee, said that earlier the drainage was not a problem as water used to flow into the bheris. But now with work of drainage by JnNURM going on, the water from drains is unable to flow into the bheris.
The authorities of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) had requested the officials of the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) to set up pumps in the areas in a meeting held last Saturday as due to the construction of EW Metro the canals have been blocked. However, KMRC officials set up a pump of 60 horsepower only after 3 p.m. today when several areas in Salt Lake had gone under water, said Mr Badrinarayan Kar, executive officer of the NDITA. “If the rains continue, we would ask the KMRC to stop work till the monsoons are over,” he added.
The ceremony being organised to celebrate the completion of a year of the Trinamul Congress-led Bidhannagar Municipality was later called off.