The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has given licences to 830 traders to restart their business in Nandaram market in Burrabazaar,in spite of the fire departments objections to the full reopening of the market.
The decision was taken yesterday after a meeting of the fire department,KMC and the CESC at the KMC headquarters.
The 13-storey Nandaram market with 4,000 shops was destroyed in a fire in January 11,2008,causing a loss of crores of rupees. No casualty was reported.
Though business was going on in a very small portion of the market,there was tremendous pressure from the traders to fully reopen it. However,the fire department objected saying that unless all fire safety measures were in place,it could not give its no-objection certificate.
They suggested measures such as setting up a large reservoir and arrangement of sprinklers. According to the fire department,these requirements were not met.
We said we cannot give our approval. But if the KMC gives the licence,what can we do? Durga Prasad Tarenia,Director General of Fire Services,who was present in yesterdays meeting,told The Indian Express.
Mayor Sovan Chatterje,who is also in charge of awarding licences,said there was nothing wrong in giving the licences.
The fire department official who was present in yesterdays meeting said they had no objection. We want the market to be fully operational soon, Chatterjee said.