The civic bodies in Khardah and Panihati have prepared schemes to improve drainage systems in the respective areas.
“We have prepared a project for improving the drainage network and are expecting some funds for the same from the Central government under the AMRUT scheme [Atal Mission for Rejuvination and Urban Transformation, the erstwhile Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission]. We have also taken up an Rs 247 crore sewerage network project, which is being funded by the Asian Development Bank. Liquid effluents from the households and industries will be collected through pipelines and will be treated before they reach the water bodies. This will help reduce water logging. We have already started working for this project.” said Supriya Halder, the sub-assistant engineer of Barrackpore Municipality.
“A sewerage project of Rs 75 crore has been approved and work has already begun. It is a convergent project and thus funds for the network will be provided under the AMRUT scheme. Meanwhile, funds for the sewage treatment plant will be provided under the NMCG [National Mission for Clean Ganga]. The plan has already been submitted and clearance from the Centre is awaited, said Banibrata Gupta,” an engineer of Khardah Municipality.
The municipalities in these suburban areas have also planned projects for socio-economic and infrastructural development under schemes like BSUP, PMAY, NULM, Sabooj Sathi and Kanyashree .