The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Calcutta Column

Bin scores over vat culture

The Corporation has installed plastic dustbins at several street-corners. It is nice to see such a shift in the attitude of an organisation that does not have a very encouraging record for cleanliness. The overflowing garbage vats stand testimony to that.

B.L. Chandak, Salkia.

Fare practice

Last Sunday, we had boarded an S-2 CSTC bus. I handed over a Rs 50 note to the conductor and asked for five tickets of Rs 7 each. The total fare was Rs 35. But the conductor returned the note on the pretext that he did not have any change. As we neared our destination, he took the Rs 50 note from me and returned Rs 30, minus the tickets. When I demanded the tickets with the exact fare, he replied he was trying to save money for me. When I insisted, he gave me the tickets after deducting the fare very reluctantly. Why should law-abiding citizens be forced to resort to malpractices'

S. Ram, School Road.

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