Kolkata-based real estate developer Shristi Infrastructure Pvt Ltd built the nine-storey commercial plaza. The project was a joint venture between Tripura State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation Ltd and Shristi. Claiming that the building is most vulnerable and may collapse anytime, the opposition leader added, “There is a structural defect in the multi-storied building. Cracks are found in every pillar. Non-installation of fire equipment and narrow entry roads are major causes of concern”.

He advised the Chief Minister not to inaugurate the nine-storied plaza. Sarkar is scheduled to inaugurate the building on February 22 next. Keeping these problems in view, Roy Barman in a letter to Sarkar requested him to dismantle the building and order a probe into the irregularities. As per agreement, Shristi has 51 percent share while TSCFL enjoys 49 percent. Terming it as an unauthorized construction, he maintained that approval was not given to the building by Agartala Municipal Corporation. The building is fully air-conditioned spread over one lakh square feet having three floors for retail, two floors of office space and two floors for hotel and commercial use. The plaza also has basement parking for cars. However, state government made it mandatory to follow earthquake related guidelines while constructing concrete structure and buildings specially high-rise.

Notably, the Geological Survey of India had notified that the northeastern region could experience a devastating earthquake as the region, according to seismologists, falls in Zone V, the sixth worst quake-prone belt in the world.