statesman news service
KOLKATA, 20 JUNE: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) was caught unawares when heavy rain lashed the city this afternoon, flooding several streets, including those close to the house of the chief minister.
The city received 110.6 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. Kalighat, Tollygunge, New Alipore, Behala, along the Burdwan Road, Mominpur, Kidderpore, Chetla, Ballygunge, Jodhpur Park, Cornfield Road, Rabindra Sadan, Park Circus and Bhowanipore areas were badly hit.
All the roads surrounding chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee’s house and Mayor Sovan Chatterjee’s residence were inundated following the heavy shower. The mayor visited Kalighat, Behala and Ballygunge areas to take stock of the situation. The city received unprecedented rainfall as a result of which many parts of the southern fringes were inundated, said Mr Chatterjee. However, the accumulated water has receded fast from many areas, claimed the mayor. Member, mayor-in-council, Mr Rajib Deb (sewerage and drainage), said the KMC ensured faster drainage of rainwater from the streets by operating pumps. As a result, water receded fast, Mr Deb said.
Over the past few months, the KMC had held several meetings with the irrigation department, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation, police, health, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited and Kolkata Port Trust to prepare the city for the monsoon rains. Mayor Mr Chatterjee assured before the monsoon began that there would be no waterlogging in the city this year. However, a senior civic official said heavy waterlogging can be expected in many southern fringes of the city, including Rash Behari Avenue, Southern Avenue, Golpark and Cheltla, as the non-man entry sewer lines could not be cleaned. The work to clean the non-man entry sewer lines from Chetla to Kasba via Rashbehari Avenue has been suspended and waterlogging in these areas is expected. Senior civic officials said in Kalighat the water accumulated in the streets could not be cleared promptly as Tolly’s Nullah was already overflowing and there was no place to pump the water out. Vast areas surrounding Sarat Bose Road and its neighbourhood were inundated as three pumps at the Ballygunge drainage pumping station (BDPS) are in the process of upgrade and the three other pumps could not clear the accumulated water fast enough.
Congress leader Mala Roy said instead of giving gold chains to the players of Kolkata Knight Riders and a golden bat to Sachin Tendulkar, the civic authorities should have saved the money and utilised it to clear the underground sewer lines.
Lightning kills one
KOLKATA, 20 JUNE: Nazir Hossein Mollah (35), who took shelter under a tree in the Maidan during the rain this afternoon, was killed by lightning. Police said they have recovered the body and sent it for post-mortem. He was a resident of Sakrail in Howrah. sns