The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Calcutta Column

Predicament of parks, post-puja

Most parks across the city are used for holding pujas, but organisers never care to restore them once the festival is over. Hence, potholes and pits dot most grounds. The organisers forget that people use the parks for morning and evening strolls. Children frequent them too. The uneven ground can cause accidents. The park authorities should slap a fine on puja committees that damage public property.

Debaprasad Mukherjee, Nayapatty Road.

Help in uniform

Five of us had gone out this Sunday evening. In front of the Fort William South Gate, the front tyre of our car had a puncture. Neither of us, girls in our twenties, had the knowhow or the strength to replace the tyre. As we stood round the van, at our wit’s end, a traffic constable came over to check out the problem. Soon, he was back with a taxi driver whom he had stopped. “Tip him if you can,” he said, and went back to his post. We were too happy to do so after he did the needful. It is nice to find such a helpful attitude in men in uniform.

Soma Biswas, Sealdah.

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