KMC to conserve water bodies in Kolkata

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities are conducting a massive drive to conserve water bodies in the city. Project management unit and slum development department of the civic body have undertaken 18 projects to revamp the water bodies and undertake their annual maintenance.

“We are conducting a massive drive to save water bodies in the city. This is needed for maintenance of the ecological balance and saving the environment,” Swapan Samaddar, member, mayor-in-council (slum development & environment), said.

A water body at Bhukailash is being renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 99 lakh. Again Rs10 lakh would be spent for the conservation of Gopal Ghat in ward 73 and undertake restoration of a water body at Beliaghata Main Road.

Another water body on Tollygunge Road, too, is set to be restored at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh by KMC. Many other water bodies in Bansdroni and Fatehpur first lane in Metiabruz will be given attention.

KMC had already beautified Laldighi under JNNURM scheme at a cost of Rs 3.65 crore.

Wetland Conservation – KMC has made a mark

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has given stress on increasing citizen awareness through various programmes for wetland conservation.

Quiz programmes, debates and plays have been organised in various schools to increase awareness among students. Decorated tabloids have been used to create awareness. Leaflets too have been distributed with an appeal of conservation of nature


  • Street meetings will be organised in main markets to create awareness against usage of plastic bags
  • Booklets and posters published to create awareness for conservation of wetlands
  • In Kolkata, there are about 3500 big and small water bodies. To maintain ecological balance, these water bodies will be preserved and beautified and will be used for pisciculture.


This will not only maintain ecological balance and make the city more beautiful, but will also provide employment opportunities to the unemployed youth.