According to sources, the Trinamool Congress government had ordered that it be removed and replaced with a big globe. Sources said Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim felt Paroma was too old.
The Paroma statue lent the traffic roundabout its name - Paroma Island. It was installed in 1987 by artist Shanu Lahiri, who died last year. Her daughter is shocked.
"It is just outrageous, it is unthinkable, we have been seeing it for nearly 30 years and suddenly its gone and nobody knows anything about it," says Damayanti Lahiri. "And no, I was not informed about the removal. Forget the family. Don't the citizens have a right to know?"
The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority - the statue's custodian - refused to give details despite repeated calls to Chief Executive Officer S Gupta, chief engineer (traffic and transport department) Himadri Roy, and public relations officer Subhalaxmi.
Writer Amit Chaudhuri was equally horrified. "The government's relationship to public space - as embodied by the sudden unexplained disappearance or removal of the statue and the blue and white colour scheme - is repressive."
The worst indictment of the government came from the artist's daughter. "I am glad Ma is not around," said Damayanti Lahiri.