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Pedestrian blues


Pedestrian blues

Sir,--Pedestrians are the most neglected group of road users in Thiruvananthapuram city with no proper footpaths and also due to the rash and careless driving of the motorists. Several precious lives are regularly lost and many more injured in accidents.

Even the arterial Mahatma Gandhi road is not pedestrian friendly. The areas in front of the Saphalyam Complex in Palayam, the Spencer Junction, Azad Gate at the Secretariat, the GPO junction and the Ayurveda College Junction are the danger zones for pedestrians, along a small stretch of Palayam and East Fort on the M.G. Road.

An immediate task to be fulfilled is the widening of the narrow road in the above said areas. Parking of vehicles should also be strictly banned between GPO and the Ayurveda College junction during peak hours.

Encroachment of footpaths by unauthorised hawkers is also a common scene in many parts of the city. In some places like the busy Kesavadasapuram junction, footpaths are being used for parking motor vehicles in the evening and that too without any hindrance from the traffic police posted there. The road users should have the civic sense to follow the rule of the road.

K.P. Ashok Kumar

Pattom

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Sign-posts needed

Sir,--Sign-posts at cross-roads, highways, main roads, junctions and other places with arm(s) or arrow marks indicating direction of places/distance play the role of guides in a city like Thiruvananthapuram. When people of other parts of the district/State/country/world visit a place, particularly a city, signboards are of great assistance to them. Sign-posts are provided in cities like Mumbai, New Delhi and Ernakulam at most important points. The movement of vehicles and people becomes quick and easy. But one can hear visitors say that the tiny city of Thiruvananthapuram lacks the important public utility at many points and that even those holding route maps get struck at some pots. The authorities' concerned/local bodies may initiate steps to put up signposts in Malayalam, English and Hindi depending upon the needs/ combination of visitors at all important points.

It can also be seen that sign-posts put up at some points have been broken/damaged due to the poor quality of materials used. Some boards/information boards/notice boards bear the posters/publicity materials of political parties or of religious, cultural and social organisations thereon, which action defeats the very purpose of the boards. Inaction on the part of the officials against those involved in such acts of indiscipline emboldens others to misuse such public utilities.

S. Paul Dhason

Muttada

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Cover the drain

Sir,--In the Kunjalummoodu-Thrivikramangalam road, drainage has been provided from House No.N-6 (Sastrinagar North) up to Kunjalumoodu junction. But concrete slabs have not been put on the drains. Hence, pedestrians who walk on this road find it very difficult since the drain is very wide and deep. Accidents are likely to occur by the pedestrians falling into the drain due to this. Will the Honourable Minister for Pubic Works be kind enough to look in to this matter on humanitarian grounds.

V.G. Balakrishnan

Karamana

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Deplorable board

Sir,--While approaching the steps in front of the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the first thing that greets you is a prominent yellow board displaying a toilet facility that too in very plain unrefined words, in four languages (`kakkoose', etc.). While locating a toilet right in front of the steps leading to the sanctum sanctorum is itself very deplorable, the display of this board prominently crosses all limits of decency and decorum.

Elaborate steps are under way for renovating the Fort area surrounding the temple. But the first priority should be to remove this ugly board from within the holy precincts. It is surprising that the board has been there for many years.

G. Radhakrishnan

Palkulangara

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Civil station required

Sir,--In our capital city, a large number of Government offices are in different locations and most of them housed in rented premises. This causes inconvenience to the public as well as more expenditure for the Government.

A foundation stone was laid at Kowdiar nearly three years back for constructing a civil station to accommodate most of the Government offices now located in various places in the distinct. The construction work has not commenced so far. The Minister concerned may kindly look into the matter and seek completion of the work at the earliest.

Karamana Manikantan Nayar

Vanchiyur

Pattom

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Sign-posts needed

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