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Protest against cars clogging lanes near school

KOLKATA: Exactly four months after citizens of a tony south Kolkata neighbourhood protested in opposition to lanes being clogged by means of pool cars ferrying children to and from the college with the largest choice of scholars in the town and police hanging up no-entry forums at a number of places, the locals were back at the streets on Monday.

The agitation was once led by means of over 20 senior voters who face the maximum problems whilst leaving and coming into their homes around South Point High School. The police officers, alternatively, confident them that a essential “no-entry” board has been withdrawn from Swinhoe Street and the police would lend a hand them acquire get admission to to their homes any further. But different calls for made by means of the locals — like asking scholars to walk down to school from Cornfield Road — were “past the police officers’ purview”.


This is a vexed problem with no easy resolution. But the fitting to free movement in a single’s personal neighbourhood is something that each citizen should take as a right. All stakeholders should meet and check out to hunt solutions with honesty of intent.

Residents of Ballygunge Place, Anil Maitra Road, Cornfield Road, Swinhoe Street and Jamir Lane had, on Thursday, vented their ire over the no-entry forums. Nandita Sengupta mentioned it was once very tricky to get any sleep from 6.30am as a result of the noise and smoke from the cars that start to arrive for varsity. Kalyan Sen, who travels to Howrah for work, mentioned he was once fed up with the traffic mess close to his home. “We don’t even have get admission to to our homes, a elementary right of any citizen,” he mentioned.

For the remaining 30 years, the situation has remained the similar. Residents’ lawsuits range from “denied get admission to to homes” and “ambulances can’t reach the ailing” to “using out and in of the realm all over school hours is inconceivable”.

“We have to park our cars two-and-a-half-kilometres aw-ay. App cabs refuse to pick us up from our doorstep. We can’t even take a rickshaw as police officers don’t allow them,” mentioned Suchandra Das, a resident of Ballygunge Place.

An officer of the southeast traffic guard, which manages traffic in the area, mentioned: “The handiest resolution is to ask scholars to walk or have buses pick up and drop off scholars on a rotational basis. The citizens have instructed every other solutions too — asking scholars to walk down from Cornfield Road and banning buses and cars from being parked out of doors major entrances to homes. The first one isn't a decision we will be able to take. As for the second one, it may have serious repercussions on traffic. We will lend a hand locals accumulate passes in order that we will be able to facilitate their entry through Swinhoe Street.”

The police officers rejected the locals’ claims that Swinhoe Street were made both a no-entry zone or one-way. “Contrary to perception, Swinhoe Street has been open for citizens since remaining December,” mentioned an officer.

“Yes, this can be a problem. The school has been here for the remaining 50 years. Numerous high-rises have come up and inhabitants in the locality has increased exponentially. But the traffic problem is something which handiest police officers can get to the bottom of. We do no matter police advise us. Time and again, we circulate advisories to scholars. We additionally lend a hand police officers come up with tenable approach to problems,” a spokesperson of South Point School had earlier knowledgeable TOI.

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