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Footpath blown up in blast near Stephen House

Kolkata: A part of the footpath in front of Stephen House in Dalhousie was blown away in a blast on Sunday evening. The impact of the blast was so severe that the top layer of the pavement was blown away resulting in

caving in of the footpath.

"A fire tender has been pressed into service and CESC engineers have rushed to the spot. Apparently there may be some problem in the underground cableline of CESC," said Sujit Bose, state Fire and Emergency Services minister. According to the security guard of an ATM of a private bank located on the footpath there was a loud noise and the pavement was seen caving in with pieces of paver block dispersing in and around.

Vice-President (Distribution), CESC Avijit Ghosh said there was no problem with power supply according to the feedback given by engineers who went to the spot. If there would have been any defect in our underground cable then power supply in and around should have been affected," a senior CESC official said

A police team led by Joint Commissioner of Police ( Crime) Murlidhar Sharma rushed to the spot and sniffer dog was also brought in.

"Luckily it was Sunday and the area was vacant . If it had been a working day then it could have led to injuries of many people. The place is abuzz with activities on working days at around 6 pm when the blast occured.

Work for restoration of the footpath have began on a war footing and police have barricaded the site.

"A probe will be held to ascertain the reason of the blast," a senior police official said.

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