Talking of heritage buildings, the Dalhousie Square area abounds in a number of them with depleted glory. ‘Depleted’ because the place is so congested with unruly and unplanned traffic that there is no chance of decently observing them and partaking their architectural beauty.
The din is too much for sanity to prevail, and the most unfortunate part is that there is no chance to expect any welcome change since the place is a conduit for a major amount of Howrah-bound traffic and there are just too many establishments catering to thousands of office goers and work seekers.
Presently, construction work for an underground parking facility is on bang opposite the Writers Building in the area before Laldighi. Once done, it will house the innumerable vehicles that the babus and ministers use. To that extent, the chaos will lessen a little. But perhaps that’s all that can be expected in the foreseeable future.
The powers-that-be is either clueless or pathetically reluctant to turn the historic place a pedestrian paradise that the city can be proud of. It’s not an impossible task per se, but then it’ll be too much of asking, keeping in view the all-pervasive mediocrity on part of the decision makers.
Here are images of Writers Building and High Court given to me by my friend, Sudeep Chakraborty.