KMC makes plans to overhaul drainage system in added areas
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has initiated a comprehensive plan to completely overhaul the drainage system in the added areas of the city like Behala, Jadavpur, Garden Reach and parts of Tiljala-Topsia area to address complaints of stagnant water and accumulation of filth.
"As part of rapid urbanisation, the added areas too have witnessed a real estate boom and a number of multi-storeyed apartments have come up in the added areas.
However, we have been receiving a number of complaints from locals that the improper sewerage system
in a number of such apartments have been resulting in stagnation of water and filth at certain places. We want
a permanent solution to this problem," a senior official of KMC's sewerage department said.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee recently held a meeting with the borough chairmans of 10 to 16 of the KMC. "It has not been possible for making arrangements of underground drainage throughout the city. Particularly in added areas, there are a number of open sewers.
"I have asked the borough chairmen of X to XVI to make a list of open sewers that are posing problems to the local residents so that we can gradually move towards solving the problem of water stagnation and filth overflowing from the drains," Chatterjee said.
The Kolkata Environment Improvement Investment
Programme (KEIIP) with assistance from Asian Development Bank has already undertaken major work for creating underground drainage system as part of complete overhaul of the drainage system.
Chatterjee further said that in some areas, there is complications in revamping of the sewerage system due to lack of space or other problems.
"Once we identify such problematic areas, we can work towards a solution. As the Mayor, it is my duty to ensure that the best possible civic amenities reach every Kolkatan," he added.
According to sources
in the drainage department, the problem of such
sewerage exists in ward 100 to 144 and parts of Tiljala-Topsia area.
The Asian Development Bank will allocate a loan of Rs 1,800 crore for revival of the drainage system in the city.
KEIIP is undertaking work to improve water supply, sewerage and drainage services and would install 170 km of sewerage network and 27,000 house connections, rehabilitate 700 km of inefficient water supply assets and provide 24 hours water supply in three pilot zones within KMC.