Kolkata's streets are flooded
Kolkata's streets are flooded

Kolkata News: Parts of Kolkata city and its immediate surroundings were waterlogged by overnight rains on Monday. There was flooding along VIP Road in northeast Kolkata near Chinar Park, New Town, and Dum Dum. Amherst Street, Bechu Chatterjee Street, and Thanthania Street as well as the usual pockets in the north and center, were also submerged.

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Until Monday evening, large parts of New Town, including VIP Road, were underwater, causing huge traffic jams on the arterial connecting the airport to the rest of the city. Kolkata civic officials said that water receded only after 2 pm in some areas.

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After the downpour, a 2.5km stretch of VIP Road near Haldirams was flooded, causing cars to crawl on the airport-bound and Ultadanga-bound sides. In addition to VIP Road, other waterlogged areas included Kaikhali, Chinar Park, Kestopur, and Dum Dum in parts.

The 2.5 square kilometers of Chinar Park and Haldirams that are part of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation look like a saucer, according to officials.

Water from adjacent areas collects here. We have sanctioned a new stormwater drainage pumping station, and we are optimistic that once it becomes operational, the water woes in this area will be resolved by the next monsoon,” said the official. SK Deb Road, Motijheel and Nagerbazar were also covered in ankle-deep water in Dum Dum.

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There have been no sewer line and gully pit cleanings by the civic body. Shyamal Pal, a resident of Nagerbazar, said that more than half of the sewer lines are choked with garbage. According to an official from South Dum Dum Dum Municipality, a drive has been initiated to clean gully pits.

Mostly plastic garbage is being collected by our team. The official urged residents to stop dumping waste into gully pits and drainage channels,” the official said.

Met Office data shows that between 5.30 pm on Sunday and 5.30 pm on Monday, Alipore received 70 millimeters of rain. During the period, 90mm of rain fell on the airport area. Officials with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said 90mm of rain fell in Chowbhaga, in east Kolkata, during that period.

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Rainfall was recorded at the drainage pumping stations in the rest of the city between 60mm and 75mm. A jet-cum-suction machine was used by KMC to drain water from waterlogged areas.

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On Monday, the most rain fell between 2 am and 6 am. KMC officials reported that it continued raining until past noon.

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