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He's saved trees, now this Calcutta typist fights for a holy creek

He's used up his entire resources for his cause. However, the economics does not bother Robin Pal: "I believe in bringing citizens together. "

He's saved trees, now this Calcutta typist fights for a holy creek
He's saved trees, now this Calcutta typist fights for a holy creek
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IN the heart of Bhowanipore , once the abode of south Calcutta’s natty babus, Bakulbagan Road is just another long and winding road that snakes past crumbling hospitals, tumbledown mansions and sooty sweetmeat shops. But, for 58-year-old Robin Pal, a walk through the street is a very special journey. At the crack of dawn every day, he walks to the road from his home with a water- filled plastic canister. Stopping for a few minutes at the neighbourhood newspaper kiosk to browse through the morning headlines, the lean man then starts watering the 125 trees that he has planted on the street and single-handedly taken care of— for the past 16 years. "We call him the Green man," says 26 - year-old Dipankar Roy, a local, "just like Superman .

"I t ’s an apt moniker. As a child growing up in Bhowanipore’s shady treelined streets, Pal was shocked by felling of trees on Bakulbagan Road by the municipality. "One day the road was just stripped naked of its foliage. It broke my heart." The Bhowanipore babus didn’t seem interested in doing anything about it, so the plebian son of...

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