Panihati Municipality, which goes to polls in less than a month, has allegedly done little to ease the woes of the 20,000-odd residents of Sodepur battling waterlogging for more than a fortnight.
Since mid-July, when government officials took over the administration of the municipality — that is the norm after civic polls have been notified — attempts to address the waterlogging problem have allegedly been half-hearted at best.
Sources said a plan to drain out rainwater from the neighbourhood using pumps fizzled out after residents failed to agree on where the waste should be diverted.
A section of officials blamed the erstwhile Left-run board for the problem, saying no step was taken to minimise waterlogging by removing silt from the choked drains, stopping illegal filling of water bodies for real estate development and identifying a spot to dump garbage.
“We purchased six pumps in 2011. I don’t know how effectively the current administration is utilising them. Government officials temporarily running the municipality might not know about local problems,” said Charan Chakrabarty, former chairman of the municipality.
Sub-divisional officer Purnendu Majhi said the choked Khardah and Noai canals were responsible for the extent of waterlogging.
The Noai canal, stretching from the south of Ganganagar near the airport to Sajirhat in Madhyamgram, was once a wide river called Labanyabati. Residents of the area say silt has made the canal narrower.