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Wastage of public money
HIGH-FLIERS: Holi eve was all about bad boys and their sexy moves at the Science City auditorium. Bad Boys of Dance, presented by the American Center in association with t2, moved and grooved their way into the hearts of spellbound Calcuttans on Wednesday evening. The stage came alive as the drama unfolded through stark lights, hip music and a powerful mix of ballet and contemporary moves. Divided into two segments, the style ranged from the cheeky to the sombre, while the audience remained awestruck. Picture by Sanat Kr Sinha

The walls on the sides of flyovers, the railings along road dividers and road medians in Calcutta were painted just before Puja last year. With the decision to paint the city blue and white, all these are getting a new coat of paint within a period of four months. This is sheer wastage of public money.

Besides, crores are being spent on installing trident-shaped decorative lights along several roads. These lights are aimed at beautifying the city but are useless because these are installed beneath the sodium or halogen street lamps. How can the government be so careless with public money when the state is experiencing a funds crunch?

Raj Bagri,

Ho-Chi-Minh Sarani

A stitch in time

lIn response to your query “What do you feel about the party deadline?” (Party’s over at midnight, March 3), I think there are reasons enough for the Bengal administration to clamp the midnight deadline. I feel this is a timely measure in the wake of the Park Street rape incident.

Calcutta “had arguably the best nightlife in the country” and the effects of imposing restrictions are manifold:

• The nightclubs will lose a chunk of their revenue.

• Many professionals and businessmen, who work late, visit nightclubs to de-stress. They will be denied an opportunity to relax.

• DJs and music bands will be denied hefty sums.

• Taxis ferrying a good number of people from the nightclubs will lose passengers.

• The most frustrated would be those young men and women who go to the nightclubs for fun.

It is easy to say that nightclub-hoppers should be responsible, decent human beings to maintain a good ambience. But there would certainly be wolves lurking and some women will fall prey.

The nightclub owners may, with the help of bouncers, ensure that nothing untoward or indecent happens. But the Park Street incident happened outside the nightclub.

One might say that the victim herself, to some extent, committed a mistake by agreeing to take a lift with unknown young men. She, having often attended night parties, should have known better than to agree to the proposal. But the imposition of the party deadline is a necessity. A stitch in time saves nine, they say.

Ranesh Chandra Dey,

Parnashree

I feel it is ridiculous to impose an early deadline on party-goers. If police are doing it for safety, then they are just shirking responsibility and probably want to sleep longer as we hardly find any policemen awake after midnight at any city kiosk.

If they are doing this because of the rape case, then they must understand that the incident did not happen inside a nightclub. I feel we should have protested earlier when the curfew time was brought forward from 4am to 2am, and now since it has been reduced further, it is high time we protested. After all, we are not living in a Talibanised city.

I hope and I am confident that Metro will not let this happen and will do everything to give back to Calcuttans their nightlife.

Rahul Saha

Imposing a ban on nightclubs just for a stray incident of assault on a lady, that too in a car outside a nightclub, is preposterous.

Basudeb Bhattacharya

Cheating

I have experienced mass cheating during Madhyamik exam (Green Flag for Cheat Champs). The question is whether neutral forces deployed to conduct exams would be effective.

This is a crime and it should be checked anyhow. It is no secret that the standard of education in the state has deteriorated in the last few years and if such practices are not checked in time, it would only get worse.

After all, education is the backbone of a country. At present, our country is progressing rapidly and such unfair means in the examination may affect its progress.

If local police were ineffective, deployment of neutral forces, as during elections, is essential to keep habitual cheaters in check.

Bijesh Kr. Singh,

Jadunath Dey Road

People, especially students, should know cheating is nothing but cheating oneself. It portrays lack of self-confidence.

I think conducting exams in circumstances similar to elections might only “serve the purpose” for the moment but such systems can never provide long-term solutions. Students should find their own faults and find an effective solution instead of simply resorting to cheating.

Aviroop Mukherjee,

Rashbehari

Taxi refusal

Taxi refusals are very common in Calcutta. But lately, taxi drivers often refuse to take more then five passengers. The police have started slapping fines if more than five passengers travel in a taxi, even if the sixth one is a child.

Unfortunately, autorickshaws are allowed to carry six passengers. I cannot understand why the authorities target only taxis which carry more than five passengers.

Rajesh Bhurat,

Salt Lake

As a resident of Delhi, I visit Calcutta frequently. I stay in south Calcutta and experience taxi refusal whether it is day or evening. I have faced such refusals before too but for the last few months this has become a regular affair. Often, I end up paying Rs 50 to Rs 100 extra. The police look the other way when approached for help. Is there any remedy?

Madhuchanda Bhaumik

I thank Metro for bringing the taxi refusal menace to the attention of the authorities concerned. This is an old disease plaguing Calcutta.

I have made frequent trips to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore but refusals are not as rampant as in Calcutta. Registering complaints with the authorities hardly produces results as the cabbies openly say that it takes only Rs 100 to stay clear of penalty.

Last month, I was waiting in front of South City Mall to catch a taxi to Dhakuria. I faced five refusals as the destination was deemed too short.

Unless exemplary punishment is given to erring taxi drivers, the situation is unlikely to improve despite the efforts by Metro.

Kalyan Mitra,

Dhakuria

Disability

In response to the question “Did you face problem in admitting a child with disability to a city school?”, I want to share my experience. I am a physically challenged person.

Our problem starts from schools because “normal” persons generally believe that a disabled person needs charity and pity. Such an outlook is not restricted to school admission alone but is apparent in almost every department of public administration.

I face discrimination in banks and corporate sectors as well.

Why will a school give admission to special children they have no future after that? I think the time has come to create awareness among the mass about our plight.

Dibyendu Dutta

Disruption

The response to the query “Why does Bengal lead in disruption rather than development?” on January 10, is simple.

Thirty-four years of Left rule have instilled a permanent belief in people that they can earn merely by protesting, provided the protest can be made to count with sufficient numbers. The worst sufferers remain the common people who are way too disorganised to understand their own good and see through political gimmickry.

Proj Ghosh,

Howrah

Misuse of power

After having read the report about the chief minister’s nephew, what can be inferred is that it was utter foolishness on the part of the nephew to have even thought of escaping a fault by virtue of his relation to the CM.

The CM was right to have initiated the arrest of her nephew. This incident should be an example for all those in power, as they should realise that responsibility is to be used, not misused.

A. Mukherjee

Gratitude

I feel privileged being a former student of Sister Cyril and having had the opportunity of working closely with her when she was at Loreto House, Calcutta, in the late 1970s. She was an exceptional educator and an inspiration to us all.

Reshmi Mukherjee

City’s pride

A city boy becoming a deputy mayor of Jersey city made for a heartwarming read (City boy dons mayor Jersey, March 3).

Raj Mukherji’s parents have every reason to feel elated. The 27-year-old, having spent the first four years of his life and receiving his nursery education in south Calcutta, even speaks fluent Bengali.

Raj deserves to be praised all the more for aspiring to become the US President but the constitutional provisions bar him from having his dream fulfilled. Who says Calcutta lags behind in talent and the determination to flourish?

P.B. Saha,

Salt Lake


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