Kolkata: The West Bengal Government is constructing 45 cyclone shelters in the Sunderbans region of North 24 Parganas. After the competition of these, the district would be getting a total of 65 such shelters.
These ‘multipurpose cyclone shelters’, as they are called, will protect people not only from cyclones but from all types of natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, etc.Of the 20 being constructed in the first phase, the work for 19 is over.
These shelters are actually large houses but constructed on elevated platforms to protect from rising water levels. The 45 would be constructed in the blocks of Hasnabad (five shelters), Hingalganj (nine shelters), Sandeshkhali-1 (12 shelters), Sandeshkhali-2 (15 shelters) and Minakha (four shelters). These five, and Haroa, comprise the Sundarbans region in North 24 Parganas.
Of these six, besides Haroa, the others lie in coastal areas, with the rivers Raimangal, Vidyadhari, Ichhamati, Dansa, Kulti and a few others flowing through them.