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Settlers add to siltation plight

Waterlogging in north Calcutta during the recent showers has once again shown that the heavily-silted Bagjola canal is primarily responsible for the sufferings caused to the people. The filthy water had even entered some houses in the low-lying area. Unauthorised settlers on the bank of the canal are also to blame for this plight. Political parties are unwilling to evict them as they form a large part of the vote bank. But why should tax-paying citizens put up with all this'

Debaprasad Mukherjee, Nayapatty Road.

Help-less

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee had recently announced a phone number (1600333375) to help citizens get mutation of their land. When I called up this number, the employee who took the call simply advised me to contact the assessor collector, who is apparently the only authority who could help out. I have already submitted five sets of applications for the mutation of a plot but none of these could be traced in the civic office. Is the mayor’s announcement just an eyewash'

Murari Lal, Chamru Khansama Lane.

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