Three labourers were killed and one more seriously injured after the slab of an under-construction building collapsed in Pune’s Dattawadi area on Tuesday morning.The tragedy occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., when a group of four labourers were working on the 7th floor of an under-construction building which was a project by Pate Developers, a city-based construction group. The labourers in question hailed from Jharkhand and were in their 20s.The incident has brought into sharp relief yet again the pressing issue of labourers’ safety measures on construction sites.The deceased have been identified as Prakash Saav (26), Dulari Paswan (28) and Midhun Singh (22). The fourth labourer, Ramu Pawan (24), suffered serious injuries and is undergoing treatment at a local hospital, said Dattawadi police.“The labourers were about their usual tasks when the cement slab of the seventh floor caved in. All three were killed on the spot,” informed Anil Patil, senior police inspector, Dattawadi police station.Mr. Patil further informed that the police were investigating the matter and were in the process of lodging an FIR against the developers under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).He said the contractors and the project owners were being investigated to ascertain who was responsible for the tragedy and questions like whether or not the labourers were wearing safety harnesses while working at that height. The incident is a veritable replay of the Balewadi slab collapse tragedy in July last year in which nine labourers were killed on the spot.In that case, the authorities had stated that the accident was clearly a case of “illicit construction” as the builders (Pride Purple) had violated norms by constructing an additional storey (the 13th floor). Permission to build only 12 floors, plus the basement, was granted.The Dattawadi incident adds to a string of accidents that have occurred in Pune in recent years. On December 2012, 13 labourers were killed when a slab of an under-construction building caved in at Wagholi, 20 km from the city.Prior to that, in September that same year, six persons were killed on the spot and several more injured after a four-storey residential building caved in at Sahakar Nagar.Safety norms and illicit constructions came into question yet again in January 2014, when a newly constructed six-storey building collapsed in the city’s suburban region of Narhe-Ambegaon, tragically killing a 28-year-old youth who was trapped under the debris.
Kolkata: In a bid to pay tribute to Nabin Chandra Das, the inventor of Rosogolla, Bagbazar O Rosogolla Utsob Executive Committee is going to hold a three-day Rosogolla Utsav from December 28 at Bagbazar.A statue of Das will be unveiled during the inaugural programme. A postal stamp dedicated to him will be published. Firhad Hakim, Mayor of Kolkata, will inaugurate the festival. Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh will also be present at the programme. According to Bagbazar O Rosogolla Utsob Executive Committee, Nabin Chandra Das had invented Rosogolla. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough he opened a shop in Jorasanko but got success after he moved to Bagbazar in 1886. In 1868, he invented Rosogolla which later became famous all across the world. Dr Shashi Panja, MLA & chief convener of the Committee, said: “I am very proud to say Rosogolla has been invented in Bagbazar that comes into my constituency. The reason behind this Utsav is to celebrate the 150th year of Nabin Chandra Das’s unique invention, Maa Sarada’s Janmatithi and 100 years of Bagbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsab. We believe Bagbazar has a long and great tradition in the array of Bengal’s culture, history and renaissance and the utsav will focus on the all-round involvement of North-Kolkatans to rejuvenate the memories and traditions. The three-day festival will witness various performances by eminent personalities.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn Thursday, famous Indian artist Suvaprasanna and others present at the press conference said people will get to taste several famous sweets from all over the state for three days. The three-day festival will witness performances by Hariharan, Humsufi, Indranil Sen, Aditi Munsi with Doharband, Chandrabindoo, Jagannath Basu and Urmimala Basu, Rasia, Srikumar Chattopadhyay powered by Maitreye Mitra and Satinath Mukhopadhyay followed by adda session with Actor Kanchan Mullick, Tanima Sen, Manasi Sinha and Biswajit Chakraborty. The festival will also hold programmess like Rosogolla cooking competition, quiz contest by Dr Parthasarathi Mukherjee, Rosogolla eating competition to make it more mesmerising for the visitors. This will be one of the largest sweet festivals of the recent time, which will have sweets from leading brands to districts from Nadia to Burdwan.