Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon constitute a dedicated wing to curb filling up waterbodies. The move comes in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directing her government officials to be vigilant against such acts and take the issue of water conservation very seriously.”We have decided to create a separate department for thwarting attempts of filling up of waterbodies. We are also developing a website which will have a mapping of the ponds in the city and will constantly update the various notifications regarding conservation of waterbodies,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said after visiting the site of a large waterbody at ward 124 in Thakurpukur, Behala. Hakim had received complaints regarding filling up of the waterbody. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Mayor, along with Borough 16 chairman Indrajit Bhattacharya, went to the spot and assured the local residents that KMC will soon clean up the clogged pond to restore it to its original state and also beautify it. “I appeal to the local residents not to throw garbage in the pond as it is an important source of oxygen. We need to take conservation of water very seriously, otherwise our future generation will face serious problems,” he said. Bhattacharya said that a portion of the waterbody was gradually being filled up. “The Mayor has informed me that KMC will put a fencing around the pond,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHakim also visited the residence of one Abul Hayat, who had complained of problem of potable water supply to his residence through the ‘Talk to Mayor’ programme. “I am overwhelmed by the response of the KMC officials after I informed the problem to the Mayor. They immediately responded and took necessary action within 24 hours,” Hayat said. “It gives me great pleasure to find that my initiative to directly connect with the residents of Kolkata through the ‘Talk to Mayor’ programme is yielding results. We may not be able to resolve all the issues but we are committed to work to the best of our ability,” Hakim said. The Talk to Mayor programme is held every Wednesday, where citizens call on a helpline number and inform their problems directly to the Mayor.