KOLKATA, 17 JUNE: The state irrigation and waterways department will set up four vents for fast removal of accumulated water from Bagjola Canal. Two bridges will be set up to divert traffic on VIP Road near Kestopur. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 9 crore. The Trinamul Congress government, shortly after coming to power, took up a project to desilt and dredge Bagjola canal. Vast areas around Dum Dum park, Bangur Avenue and Lake Town are flooded because of overflowing of the Bagjola canal. The Left Front government had taken up the project but desilting was not carried out properly and the agency engaged to do the job got over Rs 90 crore. The Upper Bagjola canal has already been desilted and embankment has been reconstructed. Vast areas of the land adjoining the canal that connects Kultigang in North 24-Parganas with river Hooghly at Dakshineswar, covering a distance of about 26 km, has been encroached upon. People used to throw garbage into the canal chocking it further. Senior engineers said the desiltinmg work that was carried during the Left Front regime was just an eyewash. The desilting work in Lower Bagjola canal will begin soon. The municipalities have been requested to remove the earth that will be dug up. Once the desilting is complete water logging in vast areas in northern suburbs will be minimised. sns