10 Houses In Kolkata’s Bowbazar Area Develop Cracks During Metro Tunnel Works

by Suchismita Pal
10 Houses In Kolkata’s Bowbazar Area Develop Cracks During Metro Tunnel Works

The East-West Metro tunnel is one of the ambitious projects of the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC). But the tunnelling work in Kolkata’s Bowbazar area is leading to cracks in several houses. Nearly 10 houses on Madan Dutta Lane in Bowbazar developed cracks on the night of October 14 due to water seepage from the construction area.

As per reports, AK Nandy, the General Manager of Administration and HR, KMRC, has stated that the residents were relocated to nearby hotels.

Houses In Bowbazar Collapsed In 2019 Due To Tunnel Construction Work

Bowbazar Houses
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This is not the first time houses in Bowbazar developed cracks due to metro tunnel construction work. Earlier in May, the authorities had to evacuate residents of five houses owning to cracks. In 2019, several houses in Bowbazar’s Durga Pituri area had crumbled down after the tunnel boring work in the region struck a water reservoir, forcing over 350 residents to relocate to other locations. The KMRC had stated that it would rebuild the houses of the residents. As per reports, it had also sought international help for damage control.

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Bowbazar, One Of The Oldest Neighbourhoods In Kolkata

Bowbazar is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kolkata, lined up with many century-old timeworn houses. Many of these buildings are no longer in a state to withstand challenges. In the most ancient alleys of Central and North Kolkata, collapsing of brick structures and portions of old buildings isn’t rare. And when it rains, the risk multiplies. The tunnel construction work near these buildings is making them more vulnerable to cracks and falls.

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