KOLKATA: If you are a resident of some of worst waterlogging-prone areas in Behala, , or stay in one of areas off EM Bypass which go under water in the event of a shower, there is little hope that you will be relieved of the sinking feeling this monsoon. However, elaborate arrangements were made to take care of the woes of residents of and EM Bypass this monsoon. The drainage department bought 50 new heavy-duty pumps for taking care of city’s waterlogging-prone areas. Since large areas of the Behala and EM Bypass have no underground drainage network, pressing into service the portable pumps is the only means to give residents relief from inundation. These portable pumps flush out storm water from flooded streets and brings some kind of relief to the residents. However, these pumps could not be utilised as the drainage department could not find space for these pumps as the newly-bought pumps need shades to protect sophisticated electrical gadgets.
According to an estimate, the KMC drainage department in its possession 75 portable pumps which are pressed into service during monsoon especially in the added areas like Behala, (parts) or areas off EM Bypass. These traditional portable pumps can be installed anywhere as these do not need shades. However, the civic authorities in April this year decided to buy 50 new heavy duty pumps to strengthen its fight against waterlogging and at the same time replace some of the old pumps which have gone out of order. In fact, a couple of old pumps made stationery at Ekbalpore Lane after a heavy shower in the last week of June made the entire area waterlogged, did not function.
However, as the civic officials failed to find space for newly-bought pumps, residents of large areas in Behala, Kidderpore and off EM Bypass had to bear the brunt of flooding throughout the latter part of July. “We searched for space for the new pumps in vain and thus could not give relief to the residents of Behala, Kidderpore or areas off EM Bypass. We will again start a fresh search for space once the monsoon is officially over,” said a KMC drainage department official. A civic official however said that efforts were on to install a few of these new pumps in Behala at places where makeshift shades could be arranged by next seven days for the pumps.
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