Parking plan lack at snarl-zone mall
With plans of converting the single-storeyed Lake Market into a six-storeyed Lake Mall, there is bound to be a noticeable increase in traffic in and around the area. I am a regular to the market and often find parking my car a very time-consuming affair. In the process of finding a parking space, cars obstruct the smooth flow of traffic on the road. Add to that, the worry of the car being stolen or carted away by the police if it has to be left in a no-parking zone. It would really be helpful if the mayor also sanctions a car park at the basement of the new structure or in front of it. This will ease the traffic snarl in the lanes adjacent to the market.
Bijon Kumar Mitra, Manoharpukur Road.
So near but so far
The areas adjoining Thakurpukur (30 minutes from Taratola) face the risk of developing in an unplanned manner. Vast tracts of land there have been lying vacant for more than a decade now despite the area being as close to Calcutta proper as is Rajarhat. Unfortunately, our government realises the requirement of the increasing populace in the suburbs only when an area gets congested.
Sourav Das, Behala Manton.
Hit and run
I was travelling in a state bus from the Esplanade depot. The bus slowed down near the Chittaranjan Avenue-Ganesh Chandra Avenue crossing when we heard a loud thud, as if something hit the window behind the emergency door. The tin was already damaged at the place. Within minutes we saw the broken window, which gave way, being pulled out and vanish. A street urchin was seen running away with it. All passengers shouted out but neither the traffic constable on duty nor passers-by bothered to chase him. It was high noon in the central business district. I shudder to think what would happen if a gang of dacoits decided to rob us there and then instead.
A.F. Kamruddin Ahmed, Bandpur, Hooghly.
The repaired roads and working streetlights on the stretch from Shyambazar to Dunlop are a relief. But the tram tracks from Shyambazar crossing to the rail bridge need immediate repair. I also fail to understand why the authorities are content with just superficial patchwork underneath the Dunlop rail bridge.
S.B. Datta, Salt Lake.
In the way
The footpath in front of FMC Fortuna building on AJC Bose Road is very narrow. At one spot it is blocked by a tree and a lamppost and the railing takes up some space. Are we expected to walk through it all'
Shiv Shanker Almal, Lower Rawdon Street.