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Since 1st March, 1999
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School girls in road plea

Malda, Nov. 23: The chairman of the Englishbazar Municipality, Narendranath Tewari, was caught off-guard when he received a letter today, signed by seven school girls, complaining about regular traffic jams on their way to school.

Caught between rickshaws and other vehicles on the one hand and encroaching hawkers on the other, the girls reach school, regularly late, the letter said. It added that in protest, the students had abstained from classes during the day.

According to the girls, they take Manaskamana Road on their way to school. But the road is perpetually clogged with vehicles, said the girls Sanhita, Bidhi, Archana, Sikha, Siuli, Dipali and Renuka who chose not to disclose their surnames.

I really feel bad. The girls are perhaps from Gayeshpur and Jhaljhalia areas. I have asked the inspector-in-charge of Englishbazar police station and the traffic police to do something, said Tewari. Besides, the councillor of ward 14, Sumana Hore, has also been informed, he said.

Opposition leader Nihar Ghosh said there were more than 10,000 unlicensed rickshaws in town. There are unauthorised structures all over while illegal occupation by hawkers slow down traffic movement, he said.

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