Mamata Banerjee visits Delhi building collapse site
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 23:25
  
New Delhi: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday night visited the site of the building collapse in East Delhi where 67 people had lost their lives and offered support form her ministry in transporting the bodies to native places of the victims.

"Railway will render all possible help to Delhi government to transport the bodies to their respective states. Most of the victims are either from Bengal or from Bihar," she told reporters at the site.

Banerjee was accompanied by Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi and Delhi Finance Minister AK Walia.

She requested Walia to take care of rescue operations and said all help should be provided by Delhi government to the injured and kin of the victims as "they are the poorest of the poor people who lost everything in the collapse".

She said a train will take 34 bodies of the victims to their native place in Katihar in Bihar at 11:45 am tomorrow.

At least 67 people were killed when the four-storey building collapsed in congested Lalita Park locality in east Delhi on Monday night.

Over 60 families, mostly labourers from West Bengal, were living in the cramped quarters of the 15-year-old building, where an illegal fifth floor was under construction.

Banerjee also noted that 15 people hailing from West Bengal have already been cremated here and said if anyone wants to take the bodies to their native places, the Railways are ready to help.

Banerjee said Delhi Government should relax norms for giving compensation and should not insist on identity cards and ration cards as the affected people have lost everything in the incident.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 23:25


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