September 2, 2014
WB Govt averts a major disaster at Chatterjee International Centre by using latest disaster management techniques
A major accident was successfully avertedby the timely response of the West Bengal Fire Service Department and thescanning done by the newly acquired drone of the Kolkata Police that circlesthe skies of central Kolkata.
Fire engulfed the 15th and the 16th floorof the iconic Chatterjee International Building on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. TheFire Department and Police personnel rushed to the spot and rescued four peoplewho were trapped inside the building. The fire was brought under control inless than 3 hours. The newly acquired hydraulic cranes were also effectivelyused by the Fire Department officials to douse the fire.
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms MamataBanerjee, who is currently in Kalimpong, was monitoring thesituation since morning. She spoke to the Mayor of Kolkata, who was at the spotand asked him to take necessary steps. She congratulated senior minister of the statecabinet, Mr Aroop Biswas, Minister for Disaster Management, Mr Javed Ahmed Khan,the Mayor of Kolkata, Mr Shovan Chatterjee and the Kolkata Police Commissioner forsuccessfully averting a major disaster.
Mr Javed Ahmed Khan, who was at the spotsince morning, said, “The fire is under control and we have rescued fourpeople, who were trapped in the building, with the help of hydraulic ladder.They had breathing problems because of the smoke. We have sent them to thehospital.”