People who intended to go to their workplaces were held back to their houses, as heavy showers started from 8 am. School students were also inconvenienced due to the incessant rains.
Senior officials of the drainage department came to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters on SN Banerjee road early in the morning and the pumps to clear the accumulated water were pressed into service.
The civic body has alerted all senior officials of the sewerage and drainage department to fight the situation effectively if heavy rains continue, and the additional pumps have been kept ready to meet any crisis.
Train services remained affected, as railway tracks were flooded in Howrah station. Due to prolonged rain, some parts of the city were inundated. But the accumulated rain water was soon discharged, as the KMC has done a decent job by clearing the sewer lines ahead of monsoon.
Some parts in the northern fringes of the city and a few stretches in Behala were inundated following heavy morning showers.
Water logging occurred in Behala’s Parnashree area, where rain water entered into the ground floor of some buildings disrupting the normal life of the residents in the affected areas. The accumulated water was soon discharged from these areas.
Local residents said that earlier the water used to remain accumulated on the streets if there were prolonged rains. But now, it is discharged relatively early. Many locals credited the KMC for its commendable job and its various steps to check water logging in the city.
Various parts of Howrah were also inundated due to morning showers. Panchanantala road, Sri Gopal Banerjee road, Ramcharan Seth road, Salkia, Belgachia, Bamungachhi, Liluah and many other parts were under water on Monday morning. Traffic remained stranded after a tree fell at Panchanantala. Disaster management team rushed to the spot and removed the tree. Normalcy was restored after a few hours.