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Kolkata gets Puja ready

Sandip Chowdhury , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, October 03, 2013
First Published: 10:39 IST(3/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:49 IST(3/10/2013)

Devi Durga may be coming on her dola and Indra may be preparing to tinker with the rain clouds again but the civic bosses have never looked so smug.


The bandobast, perhaps for the first time, is tight and, come what may, the showers won’t ruin the festive days, they promise.

With repeated warnings from the Met office predicting a downpour during the festive week, Mamata Banerjee’s men at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) are leaving no stone unturned ensure that there is no waterlogging during Durga Puja and Diwali.

According to senior engineers of the drainage department, three ‘flood control centres’ would arrange for six core groups at Hrishikesh Park under Thanthania drainage pumping station, five groups near Sealdah flyover under the sewerage and drainage office, two at the outdoor office at Subodh Mullick Square and two at Triangular Park.

Each group will comprise of eight labourers, according to civic officials.

The flood control centres would operate in two shifts from 6am to 4pm and from 4pm to 11pm.

The KMC control room at the civic headquarters would have a pay loader, one lorry and seven labourers working round-theclock. There will be a round the clock vigil at 3 major terminal drainage pumping stations, Palmer Bazar, Ballygunge and Dhapa Lock.

“No officials would be allowed leave during the festive days. I will ask the municipal commissioner to issue an official order cancelling all holidays for engineers and staff working at pumping stations,” Rajib Deb, member, mayor-in-council (drainage & sewerage) told HT.

Special arrangements to combat waterlogging on Central Avenue from Muktaram Babu Street to Colootola Street have been made.

“Around 69 pumps will be deployed for the festive period,” a senior KMC official attached with Drainage department said.

Workers under the 100-days job guarantee scheme in two shifts would be deployed at all listed water logging pockets and a skeleton staff of the engineering department would be kept ready.

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee met with officials of the irrigation, solid waste management and PHE departments, officers of the Kolkata Police and its traffic wing, and employees of the KMDA, Metro Railway and CESC and chalked out a detailed plan to tackle any emergencies during the festive season.

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