Heavy showers played spoilsport with Puja shoppers for the second day this week. Central Calcutta recorded as much as 45mm of rainfall between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, leaving commuters stranded on their way home from work.
Several parts of central Calcutta were waterlogged as Calcutta Municipal Corporation’s (CMC) Palmer Bazaar pumping station near Sealdah, the nearest to Esplanade, recorded 92mm of rainfall — 26mm between 4pm and 5pm, 21mm between 5pm and 6pm and 45mm between 6pm and 7pm.
People returning from office were seen scurrying to the nearest Metro station or bus stop with their trousers folded, while shoppers took shelter under the plastic sheets atop pavement stalls or the sunshades of shops along Chowringhee Road.
“When it started raining, we went into an eatery, hoping to resume shopping after a while. But the shower continued and we got drenched on our way from Lindsay Street to Shreeram Arcade,” said Anwesha Banerjee, 23, a student at Calcutta University.
The heaviest rainfall was recorded in the area between JL Nehru Road and Jodhpur Park, said an official of the CMC’s drainage and sewerage department. Parts of south Calcutta, especially around Ballygunge and Jodhpur Park, and Salt Lake also received heavy rainfall but there was little rainfall in north Calcutta.
“When I stepped out of my office around 7pm, it had stopped raining but the road in front of our office was flooded,” said Gourab Dutta, a TCS employee at Sector V. “After waiting for 15 minutes, I took off my shoes, folded my trousers up to my knees and walked through the water towards the main carriageway. I had to pay Rs 70 to a rickshaw-puller for a ride till Wipro, from where I managed to get a taxi to Bagbazar.”
The Alipore Met office, however, recorded only 30mm of rain, taking the total rainfall so far this month to 139.9mm, more than the aggregate rainfall for the entire month in six of the last 10 years. “The low-pressure area over north-eastern Bay of Bengal has moved inland into Bangladesh but has also intensified and turned into a depression,” said G.C. Debnath, director, regional meteorological office, Alipore.
More showers are predicted on Friday.