statesman news service
KOLKATA, 21 JUNE: The state Fire and Emergency Services Department will issue no-objection certificates to traders of Nandaram market if fire extinguishers and a water reservoir are installed in the building.
Fire and emergency services minister Javed Khan, along with senior officials of the department, today held a meeting at Writers’ Buildings with the traders
to resolve the Nandaram Market impasse. Representatives of Forums of Traders Organisation attended the meeting.
The Fire Department has instructed the traders to install a water reservoir with capacity of 50,000 litres on the rooftop of the 12-storey building of the market. Later, another water reservoir with capacity of 50,000 litre will have to be installed to get the certificates from the Fire Department. Each floor of the building will have smoke detectors and closed-circuit cameras.
The traders will have to construct
a separate escalator for emergency exit
to get the certificates and start their
A deep tube-well will be sunk in front of the market as a fire-fighting measure.
Mr Rabindranath Koley, general secretary of Forum of Traders organisation Paschimbanga, said the long-standing demand of the traders to allow them to repair the market and start their business has been resolved today.
Senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s building department held another meeting with the representatives of the forum to resolve the impasse. A senior civic official of the building department said a reputed company would be entrusted to repair the building.
The construction of the market began in late 1970s. Six floors were built illegally in phases. When the High Court had instructed the KMC to pull down the illegally-built floors, the latter had contested that it did not have a heavy-duty hammer to pull down the structure.
Also, if the structure was pulled down then the stability of the adjoining buildings could have been affected, the KMC officials had said.