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No way to dial for distress

Public phone booths at Howrah station do not open early in the morning. This particularly inconveniences commuters of long-distance trains, as most of these are scheduled to reach the city at daybreak, between 3.15 and 4.20 am. Often delayed arrival of trains and bandhs put passengers in a spot as they canít contact their families. The same problem crops up if their relatives fail to turn up to receive them.

Jyoti Bakshi, Heysham Row.

Jutting out

Electric and telephone poles, located in a very inconvenient manner on either side of the road from the Tollygunge crossing to Kudghat bus stand, cause traffic congestion during peak hours. The poles almost take up half the roadspace as a result of which two buses moving in opposite directions scarcely have space to manouevre. The situation is further compounded by the presence of three schools in the area. Unauthorised shops that have sprung up all along the way add to the chaos, too.

S. Ram, School Road.

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