Kolkata: Three days have gone by, but Bagri fire still rages on. There are fire
pockets still there. Yet the scene at the Bagri market is different on Wednesday.
Burrabazar was trying to return to its normalcy.
Almost 3 days have gone by. All the shops in the Burrabazar area were shut down
after the Bagri fire. But since Wednesday morning, the shops started opening
gradually one-by-one. With the belief that everything will be fine once again, the
businessmen started working again. With a heavy heart they began because the burnt
Bagri is just in front of them. But forgetting everything, keeping in mind their
business before the upcoming pujas, they started fresh, accepting the loss.
A businessman said, “I could open my shop after three days. Let’s see what happens.
I cannot understand anything that whether the shop will remain open or be shut
down. People are also not being able to come, hence facing some difficulties. We
have incurred lot of losses as so many shops were gutted in fire. But there is
nothing that we can do.”
The Bagri fire had an adverse effect in the adjoining shops too. The businessmen
faced huge loses especially at the season of profit. They still do not know that
will they be able to keep the shop open in the entire part of the day. But when
these shops are the only source of their income, how could they keep them shut.
With this thought, they arrived at their respective shops on Wednesday morning.
Shops in the adjoining areas were also shut down over fears that the fire from the
bagri market could spread to them. These shopkeepers had also lend hands to dousing
the bagri fire. But not being able to do much, they could just see the shops being
gutted down in fire. However, they helped in removing goods from their friend’s
Few fire pockets are still there which the fire service men are trying to douse
with utmost case. Amidst this chaos, the shopkeepers are trying to bring normalcy
in their lives.
Reported By: Subhash Baidya
Edited By: Saheli Dey