India’s Calcutta ‘to be painted blue’
The eastern Indian city of Calcutta is to be painted blue, a local minister has said.
Government buildings, flyovers, roadside railings, and taxis should be painted a shade of light blue, a minister in the ruling Trinamul Congress government said.
Owners of private buildings will be also be requested to paint them in the same colour, the minister said.
The capital of West Bengal, Calcutta is home to more than 14 million people.
“Our leader [chief minister of West Bengal] Mamata Banerjee has decided that the theme colour of the city will be sky blue because the motto of the new government is ‘the sky is the limit’,” Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim told The Indian Express newspaper.
“From now on, all government buildings, whenever they are re-painted, will be done in sky blue. The owners of private buildings will also be requested to follow the same colour pattern. The necessary government orders will be issued soon.”
The colour of the city’s famous yellow taxis are going to be changed to light blue and white, while a number of famous landmarks are likely to be repainted too, reports say….
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A city with “chaotic health care, inability to implement pollution control norms, arsenic in the water, archaic sewers and garbage disposal, bad roads, killer buses for public transport, an airport falling apart and beyond dismal, priceless paintings rotting away in public art galleries, to name a few.” BBC News article.
And, they want to paint the city blue!
Unbelievable, but then what can you expect from a local government?