With the Alipore Meteorological Department issuing fresh alert of heavy rainfall in the South Bengal districts from Sunday night, the Chief Minister has instructed the Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee to take adequate preventive measures to combat the situation.
A round the clock control rooms have been opened at Nabanna. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a telephonic conversation with the Irrigation Minister when she wanted to know about the situation. Banerjee on Saturday also expressed her annoyance as the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) was not paying heed to the state government’s appeal to consult with it before discharging water.
This was the second time Banerjee had expressed her concern over the issue. She alleged that DVC releases water during monsoon which creates a flood like situation and do not take up project for dredging of water bodies.
In another development the MeT office also issued alert asking the fishermen not to go to the sea now as the weather may deteriorate further. According to the weather office there is likely to be a heavy rainfall in various parts of the South Bengal districts from Sunday night as a low pressure trough was formed in Myanmar.
Director of the regional meteorology office in Kolkata, GC Debnath said that all the districts have been alerted that a heavy rain may hit the areas. He said that the low pressure has been strengthened bringing more rain in this part. However, he said that the situation may improve in some parts from Monday afternoon.
Following the instruction from the state government, the district administrations in the coastal areas have started taking various measures.
Kolkata Municipal Corporation also put up adequate arrangements to combat the situation if there is a heavy rain in next 24 hours.
Additional pumps were put in place to handle the situation. All the District Magistrates have been alerted to ensure round the clock vigil in the districts and to take adequate safety measures especially in the riverine areas.
The state irrigation department has set up control rooms in every district and phone numbers of control rooms have also been circulated so that maximum numbers of people get it.
With the release water from the dams, many parts of the South Bengal districts might face trouble due to heavy inundation of water.
Thus, in a bid to ensure minimum loss in the areas, the emergency task force of the state irrigation department will carry out repairing works of embankments on emergency basis
Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that Durgapur barrage up to 12 noon discharged 63026 cusec while Maithon and Panchet dam discharged total 54,000 cusec water.