The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Calcutta Column

Disconnect while at the wheel

I had a shocking experience in a Kasba-Rathtala-Howrah minibus recently. As the bus was speeding along the Kasba flyover, I heard the beep of a cellphone and thought it to be one of my co-passengerís. Just then, the driver started chatting on a cellphone with one hand on the steering wheel. The police must immediately put a ban on using cellphones while driving. Such callousness can jeopardise lives.

Somalee G. Das, Haltu.

No return route

Residents of north Howrah are being extremely inconvenienced due to the one-way traffic system on GT Road. Those travelling to south Howrah from Liluah or Salkia have to take a long, circuitous route via Howrah Road, which is a waste of both time and money. Most of the time, a few policemen can be spotted roughing up rickshaw-pullers, who ferry people to Salkia. The cops deflate the tyres of their vehicles and often chop them into pieces. Such misuse of power must be stopped.

B.L. Chandak, Salkia.

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