KMC garbage bins to take load off canals

Plan To Unclog City’s Storm Water Channels

Kolkata : 6 March, 2019 (Times of India)

Kolkata:Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to arrange for special containers for throwing garbage in residential and commercial areas along the city’s outfall canals, which carry storm water discharged from drainage pumping stations across the city.

The move, hope officials, would stop the problem of the canals getting clogged because of garbage thrown into them.

The decision was taken on Tuesday at a meeting between the state irrigation department and KMC’s sewerage and drainage department officials at the civic headquarters. Though the irrigation department officials requested the civic body to arrange for vats along the outfall canals for throwing garbage, mayor Firhad Hakim, who chaired the meeting, made it clear that since the civic body had decided to do away with vats, garbage containers would be placed at regular intervals along the canals.

Officials from both the irrigation department and the KMC agreed that a section of the outfall canals was being clogged and steadily losing their storm water-bearing capacity because of garbage deposition. “It has become a matter of concern for us that a section of outfall canals has been adversely affected by garbage deposition. In residential areas, people staying near outfall canals are in the habit of throwing household garbage into the canals. In commercial areas, especially near marketplaces, tonnes of both organic and inorganic waste are being thrown into the canals. So, these canals are steadily losing their storm water-bearing capacity,” said a KMC official.

The drainage department officials felt that the Churial canal, Tollygunge-Panchannnagram (TP) canal and Tolly’s Nullah need special attention. While the Churial canal takes the waterlogging load of large areas of Behala and Joka, the TP canal is responsible for draining out storm water from a large area of south Kolkata that includes Ballygunge, Gariahat, Jodhpur Park, among others. Tolly’s Nullah takes storm water from large parts of Kidderpore, Hastings, Chetla, Tollygunge and Garia.

A civic official said throwing garbage into Tolly’s Nullah had become a regular habit among a section of traders and residents.

Plea to de-congest board canal

KMC has also decided to write to the state PWD secretary to arrange for smooth flow of storm water from the boat canal. Parts of this canal remains blocked due to the construction of pillars for rebuilding Majerhat bridge. “People of Kidderpore had to face severe waterlogging recently because this canal wasn’t functioning. We need to de-congest parts of the canal to give relief to residents of Kidderpore, Behala and New Alipore. We will write to the state PWD secretary,”said  KMC official TNN.