Saturday, May 29, 2021

Waterlogged roads hinder access to Kolkata airport

Kolkata: Stretches of the road leading to the airport were inundated on Friday morning, slowing traffic movement. Though cars were comparatively fewer as only a handful of flights are currently in operation, the waterlogging caused by rain on Thursday evening and Friday morning has raised concerns. Multiple agencies chipped in to drain the water by afternoon.

Airport authorities and Bidhannagar City Police’s traffic department blamed the waterlogging on Metro construction around the airport, alleging it choked gully pits and blocked drainage lines. “We faced a similar issue two weeks ago when it had rained heavily. But then the issue did not lead to passengers reporting late for flights,” said an airport official.

Cops said they called up multiple agencies, like Kolkata Metro and Public Works Department, to arrange for submersible pumps to drain the water.

“We called up the officials and both agencies provided pumps. Although traffic was a bit slow, there was no major chaos,” said an officer.

29/05/21 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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