Kolkata: An emergency meeting will be held at the state secretariat on Monday over
the ongoing Bagri fire incident. Despite maximum efforts, the fire still rages for
the last 31 hours.
The meeting at Nabanna will be attended by representatives of Police, Corporation
and Ministers. Before leaving for the foreign tour, chief minister Mamata Banerjee
set-up a special cabinet. This cabinet will be led by Partha Chatterjee in cases of
disaster and emergency situations.
Minister Partha Chatterjee will be present in the meeting. Mayor and Fire Service
Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Commissioner of Police Rajiv Kumar, DG of Fire Service
rushed to the Bagri market several times soon after the fire broke out. On Sunday
night, a meeting was convened at the spot in the Kolkata Police’s mobile control
Partha Chatterjee said that the loss of Bagri market is huge and the CM is
concerned and worried over the matter. He added that fire incidents are regular at
Burrabazar, hence if people themselves take measures from before, then major
incidents could be escaped. Partha said that the government is sympathetic over the
incident and they had previously identified several houses of Kolkata as dangerous
among which was Bagri market. The fire services could not use hydraulic ladder
despite possesing them. These points are expected to be discussed in the Nabanna
35 fire tenders are presently pressed into service to douse the flames. Shutters
are being cut to supply water from inside. Water is also being given to the walls
of the nearby houses to keep them cold. Cracks have come up in the Bagri market
buildings already for which it can collapse any moment.
Reported By: Subhash Baidya
Edited By: Saheli Dey