Tank collapse in Salt Lake sparks panic

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KOLKATA: A 33,000-gallon water tank at the Post and Telegraph (P&T) housing quarters, located adjacent to City Centre mall in Salt Lake’s CC Block, collapsed on Thursday morning, triggering panic among the residents of the complex.
Nobody, however, was injured. The residents said that the incident had occurred around 8.45am.
“I was preparing to leave for office. Suddenly, I heard a loud thud with an earthquake-like feeling. We rushed out of our flats and saw the huge water tank had collapsed behind the maintenance office. Water was also gushing out of the tank,” said Satyajit Maji, a resident.
The tank, located near gate number 3 of the housing built in 1978, supplies water to the entire housing complex that has 88 building blocks and 1,056 flats. Residents of the nearby flats also came out, fearing it was an earthquake. “Our buildings were trembling as if there was an earthquake. Many of the buildings are in dangerous condition with large cracks due to the lack of maintenance,” said Shovan Mukherjee, another resident. A telecommunications department official, who came to the spot with department of posts officials, said they were taking all necessary steps to replace the tank and restore water supply in the complex at the earliest.
Bidhannagar mayor Krishna Chakraborty said, “It was a narrow escape for the residents. We have asked the authorities concerned to take urgent steps to restore the water supply as early as possible. We are urging the authorities to look into the condition of the buildings as well.”
Councillor Tulsi Sinha Roy said, “I have never seen any maintenance work taken up by the central government agencies for the housing in the past 10 years. We have repeatedly sent letters to both the postal and telecommunications departments but with no result.” Roy said tankers will be provided till water supply is restored.

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