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Kolkata airport goes under water, blame on Metro construction

On Tuesday morning, there was water on the approach road to the terminal building and in front of the arrival area

Our Special Correspondent | Published 15.09.21, 06:51 AM
Waterlogging in front of the terminal of the airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Waterlogging in front of the terminal of the airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Sanat Kr Sinha

Parts of the Kolkata airport went under water on Tuesday morning after spells of heavy rain.

A section of airport officials blamed the Metro construction work for the flooding. The Metro authorities denied the allegation.

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On Tuesday morning, there was water on the approach road to the terminal building and in front of the arrival area. Officials said portions of the apron area on the airfield side were waterlogged, too.

“Parts of the drainage systems have choked because of the Metro construction work, causing the waterlogging. Another reason for the flooding is construction of concrete slabs for the Metro project along the roads, which led to the lowering of the road level,” an airport official said.

Metro had in August reported that large parts of the airport had gone under water following spells of heavy rain. Even fliers had to wade through water to board a bus after getting off a flight on their way to the terminal.

“The terminal is around 200m from the project site and so there is no reason for waterlogging because of Metro work,” said Protyush Ghosh, deputy general manager, Metro Rail.

Airport director C. Pattabhi said the water was pumped out very fast. “Water in most parts was gone in half an hour because more pumps were used,” he said.

Last updated on 15.09.21, 10:56 AM
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