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Punish the guilty

The fracas between the Biswas couple and autorickshaw driver Vikas Shah occurred on July 19 whereas Shah lodged a complaint against the couple on July 25. What took Shah six days to lodge the complaint?

The police were prompt in taking action against the couple. It is common knowledge that cops are lenient with autorickshaw drivers. The whole episode is suspicious.

The government, civil society and all law-abiding citizens should help the couple and ensure that the autorickshaw driver does not go scot-free. Otherwise, it will send a wrong message to the aam admi.

Iqbal Ahmed,
Syed Amir Ali Avenue

Preserve heritage

After reading the report “Writers’ II spells heritage doom”, July 28, the only feeling that I have is of outrage.

Successive governments have allowed ugly edifices to come up in our heritage zones, completely out of sync with the surrounding buildings. Preservation, conservation and restoration of our city’s architectural treasures are not only neglected, but also ridiculed.

In spite of the eyesore called Telephone Bhavan at Dalhousie Square, this is a place which still offers visitors a regal view at one sweep — the Royal Insurance Building, GPO, Collectorate Building and the vast Writers’. We simply cannot destroy the beauty of this panoramic view at any cost.

If space is a problem, there is still adequate space available at New Town or even Salt Lake, where I believe a number of state government offices have already been shifted.

Another secretariat complex can come up in these areas without destroying the fabric of the heritage zone. Moreover, such a shift will reduce congestion in the central business district of the city.

If we care about our city, we should preserve Dalhousie Square.

I implore all concerned to drop this act of sheer vandalism and take steps to restore what’s still left of their former glory.

R. Jash

The heritage area of Laldighi has been repeatedly spoiled not just by the Telephone Bhavan but also the tasteless New Secretariat and the United Bank building.

We don’t want another pseudo-heritage structure like the high court annexe or the State Bank building on Strand Road. No more damage please.

Government offices can also be shifted to Salt Lake, where several government departments have already been relocated.

P. Datta,
Dover Road

There is no reason why Writers’ II should be built at Dalhousie Square. As reported by Metro, damage has already been done in the 1950s with the construction of Telephone Bhavan. An alternative area should be found out by the authorities to meet future requirement.

Niharendu Mukhopadhyay,
College Road, Howrah

No new building should come up in Dalhousie Square. The entire area around Laldighi should be converted into a heritage site with nice walkways and tram rides. Cars, buses and other vehicles should be banned from the zone.

The existing government offices should be relocated to Rajarhat and adjoining areas and those buildings converted into museums to showcase the art and culture of Bengal.

Tanmoy Bhattacharya

Negligence

Sheer negligence on part of the school service commission was evident during the SSC exam held last Sunday (Chaos at teacher job test, July 30). A large number of candidates in different centres were harassed because of late arrival of question papers. To add to the chaos, printing mistakes in admit cards led candidates to wrong centres.

I think everybody associated with the holding of the exam was responsible for the debacle. The government should conduct a probe to find out the truth and the guilty must be penalised.

Asok Kumar Chatterjee,
Konnagar, Hooghly

How can the school service commission be so callous? Candidates were harassed because of their negligence. Those responsible for the mismanagement should be punished severely.

Soumi Gupta,
Jadavpur


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