KMRCL takes up schemes to help children, elderly persons tackle trauma

Kolkata: The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) has taken up schemes for children and elderly persons staying at hotels, to help them overcome the trauma of the Bowbazar mishap that took place due to tunnel boring of East-West Metro.

The initiative comes after a section of the residents claimed that they were not getting proper facilities in the hotels where they have been evacuated after the mishap. KMRCL has also received complaints that children are going to school skipping breakfast in the hotels. "We received a few calls mentioning that school children are not getting breakfast on time. So, they are compelled to go to school without the same. Our officials have taken stock of the situation and have resolved the issue," said A K Nandy, general manager (Administration), KMRCL.

It might be mentioned that two residents of Syakra Para Lane have died due to shock (heart attack) as they witnessed their houses crumble due to the East-West Metro project work.

The elderly persons, identified as Anjali Mullick and Ganesh Prakash Gupta, breathed their last at a hospital. Anjali, who was a resident of 2/1 B, Syakra Para Lane for the last 70 years, died on September 11, while Ganesh, a resident of 10 Syakra Para Lane, died on the previous day.

The 86-year-old used to live in a four-storey building. At around 4:30 am on September 1, the KMRCL officials had asked Ganesh and his family members to vacate the crumbling house. KMRC has formed a trauma care unit for regular health check-up of the elderly persons who were shifted to hotels. "Two doctors have been appointed for the trauma care unit. They are visiting the elderly persons regularly at the hotels," Nandy pointed out.

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