Roof collapses in north Calcutta

A vacant portion of a three-storeyed building on Beadon Street, just two buildings away from Minerva Theatre, collapsed early today. No one was injured.

By A Staff Reporter
  • Published 18.09.17
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The building on Beadon Street that collapsed early on Sunday.

Sept. 17: A vacant portion of a three-storeyed building on Beadon Street, just two buildings away from Minerva Theatre, collapsed early today. No one was injured.

Six people have died in the city this monsoon after portions of the houses where they lived collapsed. Civic officials said there were about 3,000 crumbling buildings, which had been tagged " bipodjonok" or dangerous.

The north Calcutta building that partially collapsed this morning may not look dangerous from the outside but the inside walls are riddled with cracks. In many places, the plaster has peeled off, exposing the bricks.

One of the owners, Mohan Lal De, lives in a corner of the building with his family. There are two tenants - a sweet shop and a calendar printer's shop - on the ground floor.

"The room whose roof collapsed lies vacant. So, no one was injured," said Nabakumar Ghosh, the owner of the sweet shop.

The building, spread across eight cottahs, is around 200 years old, Ghosh said. "We are living in fear. If the floor above us collapses, we may die."

Ghosh and local councillor Taraknath Chattopadhyay (Trinamul) said the Calcutta Municipal Corporation had not put up any board on the building, declaring the structure dangerous.

A civic engineer, however, said the owner and the tenants had been served notices more than once stating the building was "dangerous".

Chattopadhyay said: "Mohan Lal De told me that he would talk to the other owners about necessary repairs."

None from the De family came out to speak despite knocks on their door.