Friday, April 11, 2003
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Since 1st March, 1999
> The Calcutta Column
Underground tale of water we drink
Huge pipes carry water from the Tallah tank to several thousand households. But the water is often found to contain foreign particles, as the underground pipes are very old and have rusted on the inside. The pipes need to be replaced immediately and a thorough survey of all damaged portions must be conducted.
My daughter had recently been to the Indian Overseas Bank at Majherhat to deposit my sonís school fees, which amounted to Rs 3,196. The bank opened sharp at 10.30 am and the man at the counter requested her to give the exact amount, as he did not have any change. My daughter, too, didnít have any change and, so, waited for about half-an-hour, but without any result. She finally left the counter to purchase something unwanted to get the exact balance. If this is the kind of service rendered by nationalised banks, very soon private banks will take over the entire market.
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