Blaze heat on medicine stocks

Standalone medicine shops across Calcutta are feeling the heat of the Bagree Market blaze, which started around 2.30am on Sunday and could not be put out till late on Monday.
Rith Basu Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

A marketplace of losses

Till Saturday evening, Mohammad Qasim's costume jewellery shop was among the most profitable units at Bagree Market.
Subhajoy Roy Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Fumes and fault-finding day after

Bagree Market was built in 1940 with just three floors. The upper floors of the now six-storey building were built nearly five decades later.
Subhajoy Roy Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Smoke rings health alarm

Thick smoke billowing out of Bagree Market poses a health risk in the entire neighbourhood and beyond, till almost Central Avenue, residents alleged on Monday.
Our Bureau Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Samaritans turn up with food, water

Calcuttans, from college students to men who pray at the Saifee mosque near Bagree Market, stood up as one to lend a hand in the firefight.
Snehal Sengupta Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Agencies list fire causes

Traders operating without a trade licence, more shops than what fire-safety rules allow, staircases and entrances blocked with goods, storage of inflammable materials without adequate fire-safety measures...
Our Special Correspondent Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

To market, to market, to buy all that one wants

It was a shopper's delight, Bagree Market. Shoppers who dug a "good" bargain. For, anything could be had here, medicines, cosmetics, faux jewellery, plastic goods, toys, stationery, rubber bands.... But everything had a price. Even a discounted price had a price and that was suspension of all thoughts of safety or any reasonable degree of comfort, sobriety or civility.
Anasuya Basu Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

New roads set to miss deadline

The two roads linking Alipore with New Alipore being built 500 metres apart to the east of the fallen Majerhat bridge is unlikely to be ready by Mahalaya, which falls on October 8 - the deadline set by the government.
Our Bureau Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Cops hurt in clash, 4 held

A clash broke out between members of two clubs over a football match in Sahid Smriti Colony off the Bypass in Panchasayar on Sunday night.
Our Special Correspondent Sep 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Season up in smoke

The blaze at Bagree Market has snuffed out many businesses at the start of what is usually the most favourable period of the year for them.
Subhajoy Roy and Pranab Mondal Sep 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Space shrinks, safety goes

Bagree Market had fewer shops across its six floors till the late Sixties and its main entrance was wide enough for firefighting equipment to be easily carried inside, according to old-timers.
Our Bureau Sep 17, 2018 00:00 IST


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