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Vol. XXVIII No. 15, November 16-30, 2018
Apropos pillboxes/bunkers, (MM, November 1st) although I am not an Army man, I agree with the Editor that these are mainly for coastal defence. I had seen some of them on the Belgian coast in Europe. We see them also in WWII films like The Longest Day.
I had seen the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) shelters and the wardens in Madras during WWII. You were expected to go in with them when the siren was sounded and remain there till the “all-clear” was given.
Regarding the litter around the restored pillbox, forget about Singapore or Switzerland, Colombo, which is comparable to Chennai, including places like Chindatripet, is remarkably clean. I believe that they have achieved this by fines, education and contract cleaning. I think it is also a state of mind of the citizens.
Dr. G. Sundaram, IAS (R)
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