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
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.