People allowed in for first time at Stephen Court
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 01, 2010, 17:18
Kolkata: The barricades before Stephen Court, the top two floors of which were devastated in a blaze on March 23 leaving 43 dead, were removed today for the first time to allow residents and employees to collect their belongings.

Residents and office employees were able to enter flats and offices after signing a bond not to use power consuming equipment like air-conditioners, lifts to take away clothes, papers and valuables.

"The barricades were lifted from the pavements adjoining the building on Park Street to make way for the pedestrians as the debris removal work is over," Assistant Commissioner of Police Amit Banerjee told PTI.

"No furniture or other large movable property has been allowed to be taken out," Banerjee clarified. The officer said that the people in the building would be allowed to stay only after officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and power utility company, CESC, inspected the flats and offices.

Residents who entered the building this morning said it was difficult to stay without electricity and water supply, while everything in the flats were still wet from the water sprayed during the fire.


First Published: Thursday, April 01, 2010, 17:18

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