It is perhaps the most visited place in Kolkata. Kalighat. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists come here every day, all round the year to the famous Kalighat temple. This is a very old neighborhood with that typical old Calcutta charm, nestled on the banks of “Aadi Ganga” (old Ganga), which is believed to be the older course of the river Ganga; today it is a small canal connected to main river.
However every year during a spring tide, this small canal, its surge getting multiplied by during monsoon, overflows its muddy water and floods onto the low lying Kalighat area. Houses get overwhelmed by waist and neck deep water, shops had to be closed and main Kalighat road comes almost to a standstill. People with great struggle have to wade through neck deep waters. Homes too get affected badly by this surge. Owing to the fact that majority of the people residing beside the canal are belong to low or lower-middle income group, they face severe problem. In some pockets the water is even almost 6.5 feet deep rendering them completely inaccessible. This stetch of old congested neighborhood is actually lower than the canal level and thus gets flooded year after year at this time. The overall lack of infrastructure, poor urban planning and age old drainage system adds to the trouble.