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Lack of civic sense

Sir_The drama that took place over the construction of a road divider near Eenadu office is unfortunate and exposes the lack of civic sense.

We are only worried about the divider which has distanced us by a few hundred metres from our destination. It is a pity that elected representatives decided to take law into their hands to oppose the divider.

The city police should be applauded for deciding to provide signals at the place. They have painted the road with stripes so that we can be safe, have put up a public address system for better traffic management. But the episode shows that we do not want to transform ourselves.

In fact, the police should stop collecting fines from traffic violators.

Instead they should punish the violators by assigning them with specific traffic maintenance duties. This will serve the twin purpose of helping the police get civil assistance for managing traffic and also act as a deterrent for the traffic violators.

M. Ananda Rao,

Vijayawada

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Fare concession for senior citizens

Sir_Transportation and telecommunication are the two vital needs of senior citizens.

While the Indian Railways have provided them 30 per cent fare concession, the APSRTC has not extended a similar gesture to the senior citizens.

I appeal to the RTC to extend fare concession and reserve 30 per cent seats to them near the conductor's seat.

Similarly, the Department of Telecommunication should also be kind to the elderly persons. The BSNL is yet to provide any concessions to senior citizens. Telephone is the lifeline for elderly persons, and its utility cannot be underestimated. The DoT should consider providing 30 per cent rebate on rental call charges. It would not only be immense of immense help to the aged, but also an honour for the senior citizens.

H. Kalyan Rao,

Guntur

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Health varsity

in the dark?

Sir_NTR Health University is an important and busy place, which is visited by people from all over the country. Hundreds of students, parents, VIPS besides others visit the varsity to participate in meetings, seminars, senates, academic council meetings, etc.

The staff at the varsity also work late into night. But due to poor illumination facilities at the campus, people are put to difficulties, particularly during nights. Hence, I request the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation to arrange high mast lightings at the crossroads of NTR Health University.

Y. Vijaya Lakshmi

Vijayawada

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Make `Sukheebhava' a year-long programme

Sir_According to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa for a "adhyatmic atmasamayaman (equanimity) inner outlook and self sacrifice are necessary. Doing daily pooja is not enough. Geetha Jyothi of Chinna Jeeyar Swami and other institutions are there.

But since poor people are large in numbers they should be given free education in English medium. Let "Sukheebhava karyakramam'' run throughout the year at Vijayawada.

G. Basva Kothaiah,

Vijayawada

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