What a shame!
| UNDER COVER: Calcuttans will agree that we have been experiencing an extremely uncomfortable summer this year (Is this the most oppressive spell of weather you have experienced in Calcutta?, June 14). The combined effect of extreme heat, humidity and sparse rainfall is killing.
It is unfortunate that Bengal’s biggest cancer hospital is a distant dream (Biggest cancer hospital in slo-mo, June 18).
I am a cancer patient and I know the pain of undergoing treatment at private hospitals. It is so expensive that many are forced to sell their properties and jewellery.
It is a shame that in nine years we have only the plot earmarked. I appeal to all departments and ministers concerned to take the matter forward as early as possible.
Manash Kumar Das,
Well done cops!
Employment is a necessity for one and all, especially for those who lack skills because of lack of opportunities.
I am overwhelmed by the move of empowering youths in the city by providing computer training to them, as taken by the Calcutta police (Ray of hope in training programme, June 18). It is a huge contribution towards the uplift of society. This initiative will surely help many youths become self-reliant but also able to contribute to their families’ income.
I convey my best wishes to the city cops for doing such a great job.
Kalindi, Lake Town
Apropos the report “Upkeep tussle keeps bridge in the dark”, June 15, it is intriguing that the CMC and the PWD are passing the buck regarding the maintenance of Majherhat bridge.
The stretch, which is enveloped in darkness because of faulty lamp posts, not only poses a threat to motorists and pedestrians but also makes the area a haven for criminals.
The chief minister talks of turning Calcutta into London. However, the administration fails to maintain even a small stretch of a flyover. Will this London dream ever be realised given the indifferent attitude of the CMC and PWD officials?
It is very shocking to know that a majority of auto drivers do not follow the rules laid down by the transport department (Rules to rein in auto but..., June 18).
Most of them openly flout rules. This can happen only because of political patronage.
It seems the change in government has only changed the colour of the flags of the unions. If the chief minister does not look into the matter, auto drivers would flout the rules with impunity.
It is frightening to read about the police atrocities in the city, as is evident from the inhuman behaviour meted out to a pregnant woman and her husband at the Maniktala police station (Cop neglect after assault cry, June 14).
The whole episode is alarming. Instead of addressing the complaint, the cops allegedly threatened the duo with imprisonment if they visited the police station again.
The man was forced to approach the APDR. This shows that unless you approach the higher authorities chances are that you will never be treated properly by the city police.
P.B. Saha, Salt Lake
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