WITH HEAVY downpour since Monday, normal life continued to be disrupted in Kolkata even on Tuesday, though the rain fury abated in the morning.
Central Kolkata was one of the worst affected with two incidents of house collapse being reported, in which two women sustained injuries. Train services in the Eastern and South-Eastern Railway’s Howrah and Sealdah divisions continued to be affected owing to waterlogging on tracks. Services were disrupted, leaving many people stranded.
The city had received 131.9 mm rainfall from 8.30 am on Monday to 5.30 am on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently in Munich for an interactive session with industrialists, reviewed the situation over phone.
Sources said she instructed the irrigation department officials to write to the Damodar valley Corporation (DVC), urging it not to release anymore water without the government’s consent. “We have written to the DVC so that they do not release water further. Though the situation is under control now, it might not be so if DVC releases more water,” state Irrigation and Waterways Minister Rajib Banerjee said. A senior official in Burdwan said DVC has released 48,000 cusec on Tuesday.
College Street, Amherst Street, Bidhan Sarani, Central Avenue, Baguihati and V I P Road were the worst affected due to waterlogging. With trees being uprooted at Tangra, Bompas Road, Harish Mukherjee Road and Sarat Bose Road, traffic was diverted in these areas. “As there was a high tide in river Ganga, it took a long time to drain the water,” said a senior civic official.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Supratim Sarkar said 70-year-old Rama Rani Basak sustained injuries as a balcony of a building collapsed at Muchipara around 9.30 am. She was taken to N R S Hospital. In Amherst Street, a portion of the wall of a two-storied building collapsed, leading to Sabita Bose (70) getting trapped. She was later rescued and admitted to R G Kar Hospital.
All mail and express trains of South-Eastern Railway (SER), which terminate at and originate from Howrah station, would be short-terminated at Santragachi station and also depart from Santragachi owing to waterlogging on tracks at Tikiapara and Howrah, SER spokesperson Sanjoy Ghosh said. This would continue till further notice, he added.
Train services on Eastern Railway were also affected in both Howrah and Sealdah divisions. “Waterlogging at different places of Howrah division, including the station area, and car shed area, has led to trains running late by 15 to 20 minutes,” Eastern Railway Spokesperson R N Mahapatra said. Around four trains were rescheduled while Howrah-Bolpur Kaviguru Express was cancelled.
Regional Met Director G K Das said Kolkata was likely to experience one or two spells of rain as the sky would remain cloudy till Wednesday evening.
The Met department forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in five districts of south Bengal on Wednesday, as the low pressure that had formed on Sunday remained almost stationary in southern Bangladesh and Gangetic West Bengal. “Owing to the low pressure, heavy to very heavy rain will occur in the districts of North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, Bankura and Birbhum. This will continue till at least tomorrow afternoon,” Das said.