The Calcutta Municipal Corporation commissioner has decided to call a meeting with officials of the irrigation department to find out the reasons behind prolonged waterlogging after visiting parts of Jadavpur and Kasba.
Commissioner Khalil Ahmed toured Chakgaria, Mukundapur, Garfa and Baghajatin from 11am to 2.30pm on Thursday and came across many waterlogged areas.
Engineers said water from the areas that are still inundated is drained into various canals that are up to the brim and are not able to take any extra water.
“We will soon hold a meeting with officials of the irrigation department to find out why the the canals are unable to take additional water,” said Ahmed. Metro had on Monday reported how overflowing canals and the absence of sewer networks were keeping many places in wards 101 to 141 waterlogged.
Water from Kasba and parts of Jadavpur is drained out to the Tollygunge Panchannagram channel. Water from Behala — parts of which were under water, too, till Thursday — is drained into the Chorial and Monikhali canals. Both are in spate, civic officials said.
“There might be three reasons behind the high water level in the canals. The rivers the canals merge with are in spate or the lockgates at the meeting point are not functioning properly. A third reason could be that the blocks erected in the canals during desilting have not yet been withdrawn,” said an engineer.
The high court on Friday admitted a writ petition moved by Friends of the Stadium, run by supporters and wife of former minister Subhas Chakrabarty.
The petitioners challenged a sports department notification asking it to hand over the football ground at Yuva Bharati Krirangan to Mohammedan Sporting Club. The petition claimed the government had through an agreement in 2010 had handed over the ground to it.