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Mamata Banerjee visits Delhi building collapse site

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.


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

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