Metro tunnelling work halted

first_imgThe Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited has suspended the underground tunnelling work for its East West Metro Project, officials of the agency told the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday.During the hearing of a public interest litigation, KMRCL counsel told the Division Chief Justice T.B.N. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee that work was stopped on Sunday and will start only after getting the court’s nod. Cracks had started appearing in several houses located in Durga Pithuri Lane in Kolkata’s Bowbazar area on Sunday apparently due to the tunnelling work. According to KMRCL, 323 residents have been provided alternative accommodation. The matter will come up before the court on September 16. Two houses collapseOn Tuesday, two houses located in the lane collapsed. “Today two buildings collapsed. Hence, we have decided that this should be properly and extensively examined by experts,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said after a meeting with KMRCL authorities.She announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh per family that have been directly affected. According to Ms. Banerjee, people from 52 houses have been shifted to safer accommodations.While the residents of the buildings kept trickling in to collect their documents and belongings, a few shopkeepers did not move from the place fearing theft. “Another thing we have looked into is loss of income. As long as normalcy is not restored, the workers and shopkeepers will receive a monthly amount,” Ms. Banerjee said. The Chief Minister said that a core group will be formed in which Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Police Commissioner and representatives of affected houses would look into the problems arising out of the tunnelling work from time to time.last_img

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