Bagjola Canal is a very vital drainage canal of Kolkata. Water from Barrackpore, DumDum Airport, VIP Road, Chinar Park, New Town and many other places drain out to Chowbhaga and then to the sea through rivers. In New Town, it passes by the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre / Presidency University sites (both under construction) as well as much of Action Area 1. The canal is under Irrigation Department who maintain it and desilts it from time to time. However, the quality of water is not good as untreated water and wastes are dumped in it. Last week, I met the Principal Secretary Irrigation Department Mr Naveen Prakash and discussed how we could jointly make improvements in the Bagjola Canal. Irrigation Department has agreed to do a study on sources of pollution. Hidco agreed to do improvement interventions like canal bank beautification, putting up of aeration wheel to increase BOD in canal water, plant saplings, encourage boating etc in consultation with Irrigation Department.
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