Chief minister Mamata Banerjee came up with a new mantra on Saturday to curb the rising crime graph in the city - bring back 'para culture' (fellow feeling among the neighbours).
"I like para culture very much. Do you know why? Para culture prevents thefts, dacoity and other forms of crime," Banerjee said.
Citing recent examples of how a mother-son duo was murdered along with their maid and ayah in Behala, the chief minister said, "It is only your neighbours and the bonding with them which would make you feel safe. Only they would help you whenever there is any danger."
She even advised residents of multi-storied buildings and housing complexes to stay connected with their neighbours and meet at least once a week to renew their bonding 'just a it takes place in a para'.
She was speaking at a programme organised by the city's civic body in North Kolkata. The chief minister inaugurated the refurbished Palta-Tallah drinking water pipeline. The new-pipeline is expected to give a fresh lease of life to the supply of drinking water. The KMC is also coming with yet another water treatment plant in Dhapa area off the E Bypass, which would cater to the drinking water supply in the eastern fringes of the city.
The chief minister also urged the local clubs to keep the roads in their respective areas clean, which would ultimately result in a cleaner and greener city.
"Organising a puja during the festive season should not be the only work of the local clubs. They need to keep the roads clean, plant trees and install lights in their locality," she said.
"I usually don't get to meet the puja organisers except during the festive season. I would urge big puja organisers to do the same - clean your locality and don't just organise a puja," she said.
The chief minister also said that the state is planning to invite private partners to beautify the umpteen canals, most of which are now lying in a moribund state.