tarun goswami
KOLKATA, 12 JUNE: Letters written by various state government departments to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) never reach their destinations as civic employees do not open them.
Important letters lie scattered on the floor of the KMC’s main building on SN Banerjee Road as the mail boxes are stuffed with letters which include hundreds written by aggrieved municipal tax payers. Recently, the municipal commissioner Mr Khalil Ahmed picked up some of the letters that lay scattered on the floor and realising their urgency, ordered officials to open the letter boxes. It was found that many of the letters had reached the KMC at least two years ago.
Litterateur Buddhadeb Guha would be shocked to know that his letter written to the then municipal commissioner Mr Alapan Bandopadhyay expressing his satisfaction over the production quality of Purasree, KMC’s Bengali journal, did not get to the addressee. The letter reached the KMC on 1 June, 2007. Seeing Guha’s name on the envelope, KMC employees opened the letter last week.
A letter from the state legal services authority to the chairman of borough VI Mr Iqbal Ahmed remained undelivered. The KMC received the letter on 5, September, 2012. Again, another letter written by the divisional railway manager, Eastern Railway, Sealdah also did not reach the addressee. The letter came to the KMC on 3 June this year. An urgent letter from the Fisheries department, sector V, Salt Lake came to the KMC on 12 May. But till date the letter has not reached the office of the Assessor-Collector, Jadavpur unit. The KMC head office is supposed to send it to the Jadavpur unit. The general secretary of the Sardar Patel Memorial Committee wrote a letter to the executive engineer borough VI which reached the KMC on 25 May, 2012. But the letter never reached him.
An aggrieved resident of east Kolkata,  Mr AK Sarkar of P- 229, CIT scheme, VII- M, Kolkata 54 wrote a letter to the assessor collector (North) on 1 June this year. The letter lay on the floor before being rescued by some civic officials.
When contacted, senior officials of the information department said they do not have adequate staff to sort the letters and so they are left on the floor unattended.
"So we ask people, government agencies and private firms to send letters by courier specifying the department to avoid misplacement," said senior officials.