Photo: Two people died after a part of the building collapsed in Jorasanko, Kolkata.
North Kolkata of West Bengal (North Kolkata) in a dilapidated building on Saturday (BuildingAt least two people were killed and two others were seriously injured when a portion of the balcony of ) collapsed. One of the dead is a bike rider, while another is a pedestrian. They were passing under that house at that time. A part of the balcony fell on him. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where doctors declared him brought dead. A police officer gave this information. The injured are being treated in a hospital.
A 20-year-old scooter rider and a 47-year-old pedestrian died in the incident that took place in Jorasanko police station area in the evening, an official said. A portion of the balcony on the top floor of a dilapidated three-storey building on Ravindra Sarni collapsed, killing two road-goers and injuring two others, he said. The rider and pedestrian were declared brought dead at a local hospital, while the injured are being treated at a government medical establishment. On September 29, two people, including a three-year-old girl, were killed when a building collapsed in the northern part of the metropolis following heavy rains. According to eyewitnesses, the house is very old. There has been no repair in a long time.
The house was not repaired for a long time
According to locals, the two-storey house was old for a long time. It was not repaired for a long time. However, some families are living in the old house. The house at number 10 Ahiritola was earlier declared a dangerous house. Sign boards were hanging, but the family members removed the boards put up by the municipality. The house was not renovated due to landlord-tenant dispute.
There are around 3000 dilapidated buildings in Kolkata
According to municipal records, the number of dangerous houses in the city is about 3,000, but the employees of the building department say that according to them, the municipality has no information about the number of such houses in the city. If someone complains, the municipality can know that the construction is illegal, then it is investigated. Municipal sources said that despite having a city-based team, due to lack of civil servants, monitoring work on illegal constructions is not being done properly. But despite the ‘disease’ of illegal construction being so old, why is the Municipality not properly informed about it? This question has arisen in the part of the city administration.
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