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Beautification of Kendua canal on the cards

Kolkata: In a stride towards preventing residents living in and around the Kendua canal in Baghajatin from dumping garbage in the canal water, the local councillor has decided to beautify a stretch of the waterbody.
The decision has been taken, after repeated appeals to residents of the area to keep the canal clean, have proved futile. The state Irrigation department will soon take up the work of cleaning and then beautification of the clogged canal, stretching from Green View to Baghajatin Rail Gate area.
The canal is connected with the drainage system of ward 101 and plays an important role in draining out water during monsoon. However, in recent times, residents residing in the vicinity of the canal dumping things indiscriminately, has resulted in tremendous clogging.
"The depth of the canal is gradually decreasing with dumping of garbage, plastic and even construction material. We are apprehending that the entire drainage system in the ward may choke as a result of this. Attempts to dissuade the residents have yielded no results. I took up the matter with state Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee and suggested cleaning of the canal and also beautification of its bank. The department has agreed to our proposal," said Bappaditya Dasgupta, councillor of ward 101. Dasgupta had first spoken with Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and the latter had also spoken with Banerjee in this regard.
Sources in the Irrigation department said that apart from cleaning the clogged canal, they will put up a high iron fence stretching around 2 km on the bank and will also make a garden along the fence.
The entire stretch will also be illuminated with lights provided by the Lighting department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The Irrigation department has allocated a budget of Rs 36 lakh for the work. A bridge on the canal near Baghajatin Rail Gate will also be constructed, by spending Rs 1.27 crore.

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