One killed in Kolkata building collapse, third such accident in the past three months


A teenage girl was killed early on Saturday when portion of a dilapidated building collapsed in Kolkata's Tallah area.

The building located near Tallah Post office in north Kolkata was occupied by a group of tenants. A portion of the roof of the building came crashing down killing 17-year-old Puja Kumari Gupta.

Local Councillor Tarun Saha blamed the tenants for the death. "The building was declared dangerous in 2001, earlier this year some portion of the building came down but the tenants refused to move out," Mr. Saha said.

The Councillor said that Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started the process of bringing down entire structure.

Since July 25 this year, three incidents of collapse of buildings have been reported in Kolkata resulting in six causalities.

On September 5, three members of a family died when portion of a building in city Burrabazar area collapsed. The dilapidated building on 16 Shibtala Street was also declared dangerous by the KMC.

A few days before the accident at Shibtala street, on July 25, two people were killed when portion of an old two-storied building in city Taltala area collapsed. A portion first floor and the balcony of the building located 10-B Indian Mirror Street collapsed killing Himardi Pahari (38) and Hansa Sahu (18).

There are over 1,000 of buildings which are marked dangerous by the KMC and most of them are concentrated in Burrabazar and northern parts of the city.

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