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KMRCL proposes ad-hoc grant of Rs 50,000 to Bowbazar shop owners

Kolkata: The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) has proposed to give an ad-hoc amount of Rs 50,000 to the shop owners of Bowbazar area, who are facing losses due to the mishap caused by tunnel boring work for the East-West Metro project.

"We had a good meeting with the shop owners. We have put forward a proposal of giving an ad-hoc amount of Rs 50,000 to the shop owners. This is not the final amount. We have formed a working committee comprising KMRCL officials and shop owners," Said KMRCL chief engineer (civil) Biswanath Dewanjee.

Demanding space for running their business, owners and workers of damaged jewellery manufacturing units had earlier staged a demonstration outside the control room formed at Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration on Friday.

"Our demand is that KMRCL should provide us space for running our business. BJP leader Dilip Ghosh came here and took stock of the situation," said Pushpalata Suryawanshi, who runs Vijay Assay Centre Private Limited situated at 12, Syakra Para Lane.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation, KMRCL and Kolkata Police had formed a control room at Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration on B B Ganguly Street.

Initially, when the collapse of the houses was reported, 36 shops on B B Ganguly Street were closed by the

administration, citing safety concerns. Meanwhile, an expert team has submitted its first report on the condition of the buildings in Bowbazar area on Wednesday.

The report has identified 27 buildings that are beyond repair and in need of demolition, while 27 others are unaffected. The protesters demanded that KMRCL should finish the restoration work soon.

"During the Pujas there is usually brisk business for the jewellery shops and the workshops in the area are abuzz with activity. This year, the scenario is totally opposite. We are suffering a huge loss," added Pushpalata.

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