Will a blue coat help Kolkata?

GN Bureau | February 17, 2012



West Bengal chief minister is out to paint Kolkata blue — all government buildings, flyovers, roadside railings and taxis will be painted in the "colour of the sky". Why? Because, according to the state urban development minister Farhan Hakim, the motto of the government is  'the sky is the limit'.

Romantic ideals aside, doesn't the move smack of limitless arrogance of power? One may even detect a whiff of paranoid megalomania in the move. The present government wants to wipe out the red of the 34 years of the Left.

The indolent city does need a makeover, yes. The roads need work, public spaces need better maintenance, the metro could do with a polish. But the iconic yellow, dented Ambassador taxis don't need a blue coat, neither does the white Shahid Minar (the state could paint that blue as well). Why should public money be blown in indulging the whim of a government trying exorcise the sceptre of a long-ruling opponent?

Do you think Kolkata should put money into painting iteself blue? Post your thoughts.

Comments

 

Other News

Here’s why TRAI slashed international termination charges

The telecom regulator`s decision to cut international termination charges (ITC) to 30 paise from 53 paise will hit the incumbent operators (Airtel, Idea and Vodafone) the most. At present, the annual revenue of the industry from ITC is approximately Rs 4,500 crore. It may also, as incumbents say, impact go

Government looks at additional borrowing of Rs 20,000 crore

Additional borrowing of Rs 20,000 crore, and not Rs 50,000 crore, is being considered by the government to meet financial needs.   Upon a review of trends of revenue receipts and expenditure pattern, it has been assessed that an additional borrowing of only Rs 20,000 crore of gov

Sitharaman visits BEL, lauds women staff executing Akash missile project

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently made her maiden visit to the Bangalore complex of Navratna defence PSU- Bharat Electronics Ltd and was briefed on both the ongoing and futuristic projects of the enterprise.    Sitharaman was given a corporate overview covering th

NTPC to showcase expertise at Abu Dhabi’s Energy Summit

State-owned NTPC will showcase its expertise and technical knowhow to execute power sector projects and explore business opportunities at the World Future Energy Summit to be held in Abu Dhabi.    India`s largest power generation company with an installed capacity of over 51

Dreams of demographic dividend and reality of educational quality

Will India ever be able to achieve the dream of making best use of its demographic dividend? That question becomes relevant again with the release of the Annual Status of Education Report

Initiate probe against CJI: CJAR

The Campaign for judicial accountability and judicial reforms (CJAR) has written to five senior supreme court judges over alleged misconduct by chief justice of India Dipak Misra.  The CJAR has appealed to the judges -- justices J Chelameswar, R Gogoi, MB Lokur, K  Joseph, AK Sikri -- t

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter