KOLKATA: An hour’s heavy downpour that began on Friday noon flooded New Market. Over 500 traders in the Grade-I heritage market landed in trouble due to waterlogging in the entire market. The shoppers were equally perturbed as they had to wade through ankle-deep dirty water but couldn’t finish shopping as the majority of them struggled to reach their favourite shops due to inundation.
According to S S Hogg Market Traders Association president Ashok Saha, the chocked gully-pits of the market could not drain out the stagnant water that couldn’t be receded till 3pm. “Time and again we have pointed out the sorry state of the gully-pits and requested the KMC market department to take up desilting of the drainage lines to give us relief during monsoon. Today our business has suffered a lot due to the flooding of the market. We are worried over the remaining days of the rainy season,” said Gupta. According to Sanchita Ghosh, a shopper and a resident of Kankurgachi, who was stranded in the market for a couple of hours, said, “I had come to buy cosmetics from one of my favourite shops at New Market. But, after entering the market from Humayun Place end gate, I found the floor of the market had gone under storm water. I waited for over a couple of hours as it was raining heavily outside the market. Finally, when the rains had stopped, I decided to go back home without visiting the shop,” said Ghosh.
“Several central Kolkata neighbourhoods, including the New Market area, got waterlogged suffered from water logging due to a heavy downpour that began at noon and continued for an hour. Besides, the presence of a high tide in the Hooghly made the situation worse for the New Market. The rain water in the New Market zone is passed through the Chandpal ghat (lock gate), which was shut due to the high tide. The shut lock gate led to waterlogging at New Market,” said a KMC drainage department senior official.