WB CM Mamata Banerjee condemned the Centre on Tuesday over flood in the Paschim Medinipur district, stating that the situation was an outcome of the Centre dilly-dallying the Ghatal Master Plan project. After visiting the flood-affected areas of Ghatal, Banerjee said she would send a team to New Delhi to persuade the Centre in granting the project.
“This is a fabricated flood. The Centre is not paying attention to our requests for the Ghatal Master Plan. Repeated requests are falling into deaf ears,” she said. “I have performed a survey of the area. I will prepare a report on this,” she added.
According to the Ghatal Master Plan, several projects would be attempted to desilt the rivers in the area, repair the canals and build a dam on the Shilabati river, among others. Banerjee performed an aerial survey of the areas while returning from Jhargram.
Her helicopter landed at Moyra Pukur from where she went to meet people influenced by the flood. The administrative meeting, which was planned to be held at an auditorium in the area, was rejected because it was engulfed in floodwater, officials said.
At least seven districts in West Bengal were deluged and at least 23 persons died amid constant rains last week.