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Water connection

Sir, — The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) have requested consumers who have not yet received domestic water connections within the city wards on applications submitted for the same before December 31, 2003, to report the matter to their respective KWA offices. Why should the consumers contact KWA when there are records of the applications? Instead of making the consumers go to these offices (where the officials concerned are always at a site or in a conference), they could inform the consumers the correct position through the `line men' on duty, at such areas. Or is it because proper records have not been maintained by such offices?

Capt. (rtd.) O. Mathai

Kaudiar

Use of public transport

Sir, — As cities and towns are nerve centres of Government and commercial activities, congestion and pollution are inevitable. Initiatives such as the use of unleaded petrol, banning of old vehicles and so on have reduced pollution. Shifting of Government offices from cities and towns could rapidly decrease congestion.

However, what is the need of the hour is increased use of public transport.

R.B. Mukherjee

Chavara

Safer roads

Sir, — The drive of the State police to enforce traffic rules in right earnest gives a sense of relief and hope to the residents. Our roads have virtually become killing fields. Rash and negligent driving are undoubtedly anti-social actions and when they cause loss of human life and physical disability, these are nothing but criminal acts with a high degree of culpability.

Those who break traffic rules should be booked so that it serves as a deterrent. At the same time it is important to enable law-abiding citizens to drive safely without obstructions and delays. This calls for better roads, bridges and so on. Moreover, traffic rules must be enforced stringently and road-users must be made aware of traffic rules.

The worst traffic offenders are two-wheeler riders, autorickshaw drivers, and most of all drivers of government vehicles. Drivers of government vehicles cruise the roads arrogantly, as if they carry with them, and the vehicles they drive, the might and authority of the government. Instead of lamenting about the high rates of road accidents and verbally exhorting the virtues of safe driving, politicians and bureaucrats should ensure that their drivers and children do not break traffic rules.

Dr. K.A. Kumar

Ulloor

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