Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has expressed her concern over the ongoing downpour in Kolkata since the last 48 hours. She has already asked particular departments to be on their toes to meet the crisis in the city. There was massive water-logging here on Friday as incessant rainfall and thundershowers over the night caused rainwater to accumulate in several areas. In fact, she is expected to sit for a meeting with the officers at Nabanna to meet the circumstances of the City. Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Member of Mayor-in-Council Tarak (Sewerage & Drainage) said rainwater is being pumped out with the help of 340 pumps at 73 pumping stations in various parts of the city.
“Besides this we are also using another 450 portable pumps to flush out all rainwater from the streets,” he said.
The Met Office recorded “heavy” rainfall of 122.4 mm during the night and has said it will pour throughout the day.Residents had to wade through ankle-deep to knee-deep water in Jadavpur, Baishnabghta, Behala, Belgachia areas and as well as those close to the airport at Rajarhat.
In south Kolkata’s Purna Das Road, uprooted trees snapped power connection causing the disaster management unit of Kolkata Police and officials of Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation to rush to the spot to restore electricity.Traffic crawled on the E.M. Bypass, the stretch that connects eastern Kolkata to rest of the metropolis.
Damaged roads due to ongoing metro extension work added to driving woes. Cabs refused to ply in many places owing to waterlogging while others charged a hefty amount to passengers.