Kolkata: With waterlogging, potholes appear on many stretches | Kolkata News – Times of India

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KOLKATA: Severe waterlogging has wreaked havoc on some of the city’s arterial roads. Some of the worst stretches of roads that have developed craters and are crying for an urgent repair include Asutosh Mukherjee Road (Bhowanipore), Harish Mukherjee Road, Chittaranjan Avenue, APC Roy Road, Motilal Gupta Road (Behala) and NSC Bose Road (Tollygunge) among others.
Some of these arterial roads were dug up before the arrival of monsoon for laying water pipes or repairing other underground utility services.
For instance, the stretches of Harish Mukherjee Road (near SSKM Hospital) and Asutosh Mukherjee were dug up for the laying of water pipes.
According to a Kolkata Municipal Corporation official, the roads department had taken up a repair drive of several dug up roads but the work could not be completed before the arrival of monsoon. Motorists or bikers, however, are complaining about the poor condition of major thoroughfares and demanding an immediate repair work. Abir Bose, a resident of Girish Park, had a narrow escape while returning home on Saturday evening as his bike hit a pothole and overturned. “I couldn’t figure out the pothole as it was filled with rain water. My bike overturned but I was saved somehow,” Bose said.
A KMC civil engineering department official said that the stretches of Chittaranjan Avenue had developed several potholes and the civic body’s roads department would have to do a thorough repair.
Sumit Jaiswal a resident of Tollygunge, who works for a food delivery app, faced a similar plight on Motilal Gupta Road — an arterial road that connects Tollygunge with Behala — on Sunday morning. “I was in a hurry to deliver food at Behala Chowrasta and hence dodged multiple craters on the entire stretch of the road. Finally, I failed to dodge one and my bike overturned. I received injuries but was saved luckily,” Jaiswal said.
Several residents from Behala, Tollygunge, Bhowanipore, Central Avenue and Mahatma Gandhi Road have complained to their respective ward coordinators, seeking their intervention in repairing the roads. Kolkata traffic police too has taken note of such public grievances and communicated the same to the civic brass, urging them for an immediate intervention.
A senior KMC official in the roads department said that some roads had been damaged due to excessive rains and that the civic body had already taken up patchwork repair on the stretches where several craters came up.
“We have taken up patchwork in several stretches of major roads. We are waiting for a few dry spells when we will be able to properly repair the roads ravaged by rains,” said the KMC official.



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