Two days after downpour, water refuses to go down in Kolkata – Times of India

Kolkata News
KOLKATA: Even as water receded in most of the city after the second relatively dry day after two days of incessant rainfall, some pockets in the southwestern and northwestern fringes continued to remain waterlogged on Saturday.
Residents of the city’s low-lying areas, particularly in neighbourhoods of Behala and those located off Bypass, continued to suffer from waterlogging as attempts to drain stomrwater did not yield much results. In Behala, Shakuntala Park, Sarsuna and Barisha remained inundated for the fourth day in a row.

Similarly, people living in some stretches located off EM Bypass had to bear the effects of stagnant water. Stretches of Mukundapur such as Purvalok and Ramkrishnapur are typical waterlogging-prone areas where storm water takes time to recede. A section of residents in Mukundapur still find it inconvenient to move out of houses because of waterlogging in and around their buildings.
“I was supposed to visit a KMC run vaccination centre located close to my house for taking my second dose. But I changed my mind and decided to visit the centre tomorrow due to stagnant water near my house,” said Samrat Das, a businessman and a resident of Purbalok in Mukundapur.
According to a KMC sewerage and drainage department official, storm water had receded from most parts of the city except a few lows-lying areas in Behala, Ekbalpore and EM Bypass stretches.
In New Town, road stretches in front of some housing complexes in Action Area II-D remained inundated with over ankle deep water “The parking lot in our complex was still under water and it is difficult to bring out low height vehicles. The water is flowing backwards from the canals and the road is still fully waterlogged,” said Kingshuk Chakraborty, a resident of Greenfield Ambition housing complex.
Balaka Abasan, one of the oldest housing complexes of New Town, was still under ankle deep water on Saturday. “Water should have receded by this time. The premises inside the complex were still inundated all around,” said Rakesh Gupta, a resident of the complex.
Officials of the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) said that though Balaka Abasan was a private housing complex, Hidco was already working on a special drainage scheme to sort out the drainage woes of the housing complex. “The work is almost over,” said a Hidco official.