The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is barricading one of the sheds in their warehouse at Jagannath Ghat after it caught fire twice last month, leading to extreme damage to the structure. The work is being carried out in coordination with the Kolkata Police.

A KoPT spokesperson said that a fire incident occurred around 3.00 am on 8 June and again on 16 June at midday in ‘A Shed’ at the Jagannath Ghat warehouse. A portion of the upper floor, under unauthorised occupation, had caught fire and portion of the roof, collapsed.

The entire godown building has been declared as vulnerable and dangerous. It has been advised by KMC to demolish the entire first floor under unauthorised occupation.

It was further learnt that there is no residential accommodations anywhere in the ‘A Shed’ at Jagannath Ghat godown. It is entirely used for godown purposes and most of the first floor is under unauthorised occupation.

The matter was taken to Calcutta High Court and as ordered by the court, to ensure protection of life and property, the local police authority will assist Kolkata Port Trust to put up barricades around the entire premises of the ‘A Shed’.

Accordingly, the said barricading job has commenced from yesterday under the protection of police authority, informed the KoPT spokesperson.