Bhattacharya snubs opposition’s blaming habit, calls for joint-fight against natural calamities

5 Jul 2018

Mayor of Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) Asok Bhattacharya today urged all sections of the society to sink all differences and fight unitedly against the flood-threat looming large in large parts of north Bengal.
Addressing the media at SMC today Bhattacharya called for cooperation from all to combat the emergency. “Natural calamity spares none. This is not time for politics and blaming the civic body but fighting jointly against the crisis,” Bhattacharya said.
He added:" “It is a pity that citizens are being instigated against the SMC for narrow political interest. Heavy rainfall and subsequent rise in water level of different rivers have caused troubles for the citizens in districts of North Bengal including Siliguri. But the water deposited at some areas went out soon owing to the sincere effort of SMC and regular monitoring of drainage system,” the mayor said.
He also said: “In the last few years the average rainfall in Siliguri in the month of July was 482 mm. But in the last six days only 480 mm rainfall has been recorded. The situation has to be understood instead of seeking clarification from the mayor only with a political motive. It has to be remembered that although a few towns in North Bengal have already got severely waterlogged, Siliguri is still in a much better condition.”.
“The danger is increasing with the heavy downpour. Water-level in the river Mahananda is going up  every day. But we are prepared to face the situation in case it worsens,” he said.
Responding sharply to the recent criticism by Trinamool Congress leaders regarding the deposition of water at some of SMC areas, the mayor said, “Truly, some areas were waterlogged and the hazards did not continue for long as the water got drained out of SMC areas soon. Some problems at Shaktigarh, parts of Sevoke Road and Hospital turning have come to our notice. Adequate relief materials have been kept ready and a control-room has been in operation round the clock.” Mayor said.
Comparing the situation in Siliguri with that of other districts in North Bengal, Bhattacharya said, “If the allegation by the opposition that SMC did not do any work is true, they have to answer why Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Coochbehar are getting inundated too.”
Chairman of Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) Sourav Chakraborty, however, showed no interest to spare the Left Front mayor of Siliguri. “Water does not stay as the city is mostly on highland. But water takes time to get out as the drainage system has not been renovated. Mayor is trying to bypass the citizens’ troubles,” Chakraborty said. (EOIC)