Another Tragedy Awaits Kolkata

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LOOKEAST EXCLUSIVE |

It seems that people of Kolkata are going to witness another tragic infrastructural disaster very soon and this time the loss will be much bigger as it will not be just the loss of lives and resources, it will also be a loss of heritage and prestige.

■ Cracks on the walls

Calcutta High Court, a 156 years old structure, is certainly not in a good condition today; the north–west part of the Kolkata High Court building is sinking gradually and the initial settlement measured (2 years back) was up to 9mm then.

 

Visible cracks on the walls. The cracks are increasing at an alarming level. Continuation of settlement will very soon result in collapse of the north–west corner of the building

 

This has resulted in visible cracks on the walls. The cracks are increasing at an alarming level. Continuation of settlement will very soon result in collapse of the north–west corner of the building.

With a lethargic approach on this issue PWD took almost 18 months to award the repair work of such critical structure. The contract was finally awarded to ITD Cementation Ltd.

The work started on 9th March 2018, after the guidance and intervention of IIT Roorkee, but did not sustain for too long.

By the end of the July 2018, the contractor had to stop the work due to stoppage of funds from state PWD. ■

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