Downpour causes waterlogging across several parts of the city
Downpour over prolonged periods caused waterlogging across several parts of Calcutta and some of the busiest hospitals in the eastern part of the city once again turned into islands as roads leading to them went under water on Thursday.
Large parts of Kasba, Mukundapur and New Garia, among other pockets, were inundated.
The roads outside AMRI’s Mukundapur unit and an eye hospital opposite Avidipta I housing complex, and the one leading to the RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) were under ankle-deep water.
Patients or their families who came walking to AMRI’s gate had to wade through ankle-deep water. The medicine shops around the hospital, too, had water outside them.
An official of AMRI’s Mukundapur unit said only about half of those who had booked slots for Covid jabs on Thursday turned up. The footfall at the outdoor clinic, too, was less than usual. “This is a routine affair outside our hospital. The water takes five to six hours to recede after rain stops completely,” said the official.
The scene was the same outside Netralayam, an eye hospital on Mukundapur Main Road, stretches of which were under knee-deep water. Those who had to walk the last stretch on their way to the hospital were most inconvenienced.
The same was the fate of the patients and their families visiting the RTIICS. “Fortunately, there was no water inside the campus this time, unlike last time when the volume of rain was very high,” said an official of the hospital.
Metro has earlier reported about the poor drainage system of the area, where some of the busiest private hospitals of the city are located. The areas around the hospitals get waterlogged multiple times every monsoon.
The problem has persisted for over a decade but the civic body has not been able to find a solution yet.
An engineer of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) said high volume of rain was the primary reason for waterlogging in Mukundpur and elsewhere in the city.
“It rained almost continuously since Wednesday night. That has led to waterlogging. But the problem is less severe than last time,” said the engineer of the civic drainage department.
Many homes in Kasba, Mukundapur and New Garia were flooded and water seeped into the underground reservoirs of some homes.
CMC sources said that between 10pm on Wednesday and 8pm on Thursday, Ballygunge received 115mm of rain, Jodhpur Park 129mm; Kalighat 91.40mm; Mominpur 104mm and Ultadanga 105mm of rain.
The sluice gates that allow water from parts of central and north Calcutta to drain out into the Hooghly could not be opened for nearly five hours in the afternoon because of high tide in the river.
The CMC was expecting water to recede fast after the sluice gates were opened around 6pm. But heavy rain in many pockets since the evening made the prospect of water receding fast bleak.
“If it rains heavily overnight, waterlogging will be inevitable in some more areas,” said a CMC engineer.
Pockets of north and central Calcutta also got inundated. Long stretches of BB Ganguly Street, stretches of CR Avenue and a stretch of the Park Circus-Science City connector (nearly the China Town gate) were flooded. Water entered the Mohammad Ali Park fire station.