Three floors still shut

Three floors of the Jeevan Sudha building, which had caught fire on Diwali, remained off limits as various offices resumed work on Monday.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 31.10.17
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Chowringhee: Three floors of the Jeevan Sudha building, which had caught fire on Diwali, remained off limits as various offices resumed work on Monday.

The 17th to 19th floors that house State Bank of India's back office for forex transactions across the country is still to resume work.

Apart from SBI's global marketing unit and one of its oldest NRI branches, the 19-storey building on Chowringhee houses the offices of LIC, National Insurance and the Debt Recovery Tribunals.

A fire had broken out inside SBI's server room on the 17th floor on October 19 and spread to two other floors.

The fire and emergency services department has sent a letter to the estate department of LIC, which had built the highrise in 1986, asking questions about fire safety steps.

"The department has asked about the absence of sprinklers and the non-functional pumps," an official with the building's maintenance department said. "The letter, addressed to the regional manager, has sought an explanation about a temporary structure on the premises without necessary permission."

The Strand Road office has a backup of all data stored in the server at Jeevan Sudha, an SBI official said. Customers needn't fear as every data is safe, he said.

The bank's NRI branch on the third floor resumed work on Monday.

The five lifts in the building will take at least another week to become fully functional, the maintenance department official said. On Monday, only one lift was functional but that too till afternoon.