I want a breath of fresh air in 2005. With pollution on the rise, diseases are becoming common, even among children. We have been reading about our government's schemes to clean up the city air, but not a single project has taken off. It is high time that instead of discussing ideas which cannot be implemented or waiting for some miracle to happen, at least a simple tail-pipe emission standard is set for all vehicles, irrespective of their age.
It will be good to see Calcutta blessed with more educational institutions in 2005, so that the student community has the option of staying in the city for higher studies rather than moving to Pune or Delhi. Setting up educational institutes will surely help in arresting internal brain drain and actually attract students from outside.
Rai Bahadur Road
In 2005, I would want Calcutta to be blessed with more Business Process Outsourcing companies. More national and foreign companies should set up their establishments here. That would bring in money to the state and offer employment to millions.
How fantastic it would be if Calcutta has a huge pyramid and a colossal Sphinx, which are Egyptian monopolies, so to say! With the sanction of the Centre and the army, the ideal site for the construction of the pyramids would be the Brigade Parade Grounds. Only the best builders should be employed to construct the pyramids, which should be properly maintained from the start. A blissful byproduct of building such pyramids will be a total stoppage of the meetings of political parties.
In 2005, I want women of Calcutta to feel safe in their own homes at least. Every women should be given basic respect and the right to choose her lifestyle without any interference from men.
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I truly wish for a McDonald's outlet in the city. While most of the other fast food chains have set up shop in Calcutta, to eat at McDonald's, one has to travel to Mumbai or New Delhi. McDonald's would be the best gift for everyone this year.
Calcutta is one of metropolises of the country. The year 2004 gave us flyovers, multiplex etc. But alas! We have no McDonald's outlet. If there is a McDonald's shop in the centre of city, we food-lovers shall be benefited. So, here's to the opening of a McDonald's showroom here.
This year I want Calcutta to be counted as a pollution-free city where we can inhale pure air. Calcutta's air is contaminated by poisonous gases released from vehicles and industries, causing diseases like bronchitis, asthma and other lung problems. Only a green revolution can stop this. Let us plant saplings.
Ashok Kumar Ghosh,
Slum development programmes should be undertaken; main thoroughfares should be free of slums, unlike the plot opposite to the VIP Market on CIT Road in the Phulbagan area. Underground urinals, like those in western countries, should be constructed.
Bhupendra Nath Bose,
Dum Dum Park
During the summer and rainy seasons, thousands of people in the city suffer due to water-borne diseases like cholera, dysentery, gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. People living in slums and shanties are the worst-hit. Easy availability of pure drinking water will solve the problem. I would like to request the authorities to supply pure water to all parts of the city. That will be a boon in 2005.
Col. Saumya Datta (Retd.)
Haji Mohsin Road
I only observed increasingly negative attitude among the people of Calcutta during 2004. Hence I pray to the Almighty to discipline our citizens. Please make government servants more polite and dedicated to work. Once this is achieved, the development of Calcutta will take place automatically. Also, I earnestly desire that some of our politicians distance themselves from criminals and the corrupt.
Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road
It is becoming extremely difficult for pedestrians to move about freely on the roads. There are no proper bus-stops for private buses and minibuses. Clearly designated bus-stops are the need of the hour.
There are many roads in Calcutta without footpaths. In many other roads, the footpaths are badly damaged. Even Chowringhee Road does not have a proper pavement throughout its stretch. Pedestrians are at times forced to walk on the carriageway due to absence of footpaths.
The last year did bring us Big Bazars and 89 Cinemas, but did our life improve significantly because of that' Our city should be cleaner in 2005. Garbage should be regularly removed, vats and bins should be placed at proper locations and people dirtying the streets should be fined. A clean-up drive would go a long way in changing perceptions about the city.
Our foremost aim should be to make Calcutta pollution-free. And it is not just the responsibility of the government. People should stop throwing garbage on the streets and do everything to keep the city clean.
It is we, the people, who can change Calcutta by bringing a stability in the population which is increasing day by day. Population is the prime reason behind almost every problem cropping up in Calcutta. More population means transport snarls and scarcity of jobs. The policy of family planning seems to have lost its way. I feel that the government should restrict the number of births to two per family.
Sachindra Nath Mitra,
The benefits of development should reach one and all. No one should have to go without food, shelter, clothes and education. Their rights to healthcare and human rights should also be safeguarded.
Md Tarique Nisar,
In 2005, the government should endeavour to solve the problems of hunger, drinking water and shelter that plague Calcutta. However, any developmental initiative should be in harmony with nature. Veneration for the Mother Earth and for the nobleness of human spirit should be cultivated as substitutes for organised religions and ideologies.
It is true that a number of flyovers, multiplexes, food stops and shopping malls have come up in the city in the last year. But they are beyond the means of poor people. I am one of the thousands who travel to the city from the suburbs to earn their daily bread. I still find the streets choked with traffic jams. A bus still takes an hour to traverse 10 km. Handcarts and rickshaws still run amok. A traffic snarl-free Calcutta would top my wishlist for 2005.
Let Calcutta move at a faster pace. That is the first condition for the city to develop. Nothing is more important.