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Two Died As Under Construction Roof Collapsed In Krishnanagar

2016-10-05 21:33

The collapsed under-construction roof in Krishnanagar picture by PRANAB DEBNATH


Krishnanagar, Oct. 5: Two labors were killed and at least ten others were injured when the roof of a under construction garage building of Krishnanagar Municipality collapsed during the casting work today located adjacent to town bus stand in Krishnanagar.

The deceased laborers were identified as Sukdeb Biswas (29) and Goutam Biswas(35), residents of Shimultala and Smbhunagar as the 5000 square ft roof with steel structure supported by bamboo and timber centering collapsed over them.

The ill fated laborers were also electrocuted as the bamboo and steel structure entangled with the overhead electric while being collapsed causing burn injuries to them. The state government has announced a compensation of Rupees two lakhs for the family of the deceased laborers and an amount of Rupees fifty thousand for those injured in the accident.

Police, civil defence and fire brigade personnel rushed to the accident spots and rescued the victims, who were admitted to Saktinagar district hospital where two labors were pronounced brought dead.

chairman of Trinamul run Krishnanagar municipality Ashim Kumar Saha has accused the executing agency for the disaster.

Police has started a case of unnatural death into the incident, while Chairman Saha said a separate complaint will be lodged against the agency tomorrow for negligence in executing the work.

Police said, the accident occurred at about 3.15pm, a little after the laborers resumed the casting work after incessant rain.

The municipality in last month had taken up the job of construction of the garage for its vehicles.

The work wad awarded to civil contractor Khalil Biswas.

Chairman Ashim kumar Saha on Tuesday visited the work site and advised Khalil Biswas to strengthen the support under the shuttering and centering as it appeared to be week.

"I am not an engineer, but I became anxious seeing the structure as it appeared to me too week to take the load once the RCC work will be done. I therefore advised the contractor Khalil Biswas to suspend today's casting job and to strengthen the structure. But, after the accident it became clear that he ignored my advice. He is totally responsible for the accident and legal action will be taken against him", Saha said.

Contractor Khalil Biswas, a resident of Dharmada, however, could not be available for his comment. He also did not attend the work site after the accident. Calls to his phones remain unanswered.

According to eye witness, the centering with steel structure for the roof of the six-room garage building over which cement reinforced cement concrete works were being carried out had collapsed while around 120 laborers were working over it and about ten others were providing necessary support from under the structure.

 Biswajit Sarkar, a labor, from kalikapur, who was injured in the accident said: "The structure was trembling since casting started. It increased as the work progressed. We became panicked and told the site engineer to stop work. But, he ignored our plea. A little later the entire structure collapsed."

A fire brigade officer engaged in rescue work said "only about 35% of the debris could be removed so far. It is not ruled out if more laborere are still lockef under it."

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