In a bid to foster national unity and cultural exchange, the National Social Service (NSS) organized a week-long National Integration Camp at Kalyani University, bringing together selected students from fifteen states, across India.
Massive waterloging in vast areas surrounding Thanthania in north Kolkata will be a thing of the past soon.
A drainage pumping station is coming up at Rishikesh Park. Mayor Firhad Hakim visited the construction site and is hopeful that the pumping station will be inaugurated soon.
“Vast areas surrounding Thanthania is infamous for water logging and even Netaji when he was the mayor had to put on gumboots to visit Thanthania during the rainy season,” he remarked.
Residents who live in the areas surrounding Thanthania like Jhamapukur Lane, Sukua Street, Amherst Street, Keshab Sen street spend sleepless nights when there is heavy rain. There is waist deep water on these roads and water enters the ground floor of the houses that are situated on these roads.
AAj Kal, a vernacular daily which had its office on Amherst Street had purchased rubber boats in the early 1980s to ferry journalists. Amherst Street police station used to keep boats ready to evacuate people occupying the ground floor of houses to safer places during heavy shower.
To address the age old problem the situation, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation ( KMC) thought to construct a drainage pumping station to clear the accumulated water from the streets. The estimated cost of the pumping station is Rs 82 crore.
Senior KMC officials said once the drainage pumping station is functional, there may be waterloging with much volume in these areas and water will recede fast. In the 1980s, water took three to four days to recede. It may be recalled that these areas were under water for nearly 10 days in 1978 and again in 1986.