Saturday, August 07, 2021

Calcutta airport goes under water for hours after a spell of heavy rain

Calcutta: The city airport went under water for hours after a spell of heavy rain on Friday morning.

Some of the aircraft parking bays were flooded, forcing passengers getting off planes to wade through water to board buses on their way to the terminal, airport officials said.

Toilets in the arrival area of the terminal could not be used because of backflow of water. Outside, too, the approach road to the terminal was flooded, causing traffic snarls.

An official who has been working at the airport for many years said the facility was no stranger to waterlogging during the monsoon or after a spell of heavy rain but the situation had rarely been so bad.

Water finally receded in the afternoon.

“Passengers of aircraft which were parked near the terminal building had no problem in boarding or getting off as they could access aerobridges. But those who had to take a coach to reach the terminal or the aircraft had to wade through water,” said an official of an airline.

A south Calcutta resident who had gone to the airport to receive a relative said the parking booth was flooded. “There was a long queue as vehicles were moving slowly. Many arrival passengers were inconvenienced because they could not use the washrooms.”

Airport officials blamed Metro construction and lack of proper pumping system of municipalities surrounding the airport for the waterlogging.

07/08/21 Sanjay Mandal, Snehal Sengupta/Telegraph

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