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Commercial hubs

Sir, — Since the past year, residential areas in Jayanagar are being transformed into commercial hubs. Houses are being demolished for building multi-storeyed commercial complexes. Many of these complexes come up in violation of building byelaws. Since they do not offer parking space, vehicles are parked on the roads leading to traffic congestion. Vehicles, therefore, are diverted to residential lanes. This situation is found in almost all residential areas in the city. Koramangala is a fine example of how an upmarket residential area has gone to seed.

Gopal Srinivasan,

Bangalore

Repair all roads

Sir, — Barring a few roads such as Airport Road, roads in Bangalore are in a bad shape. Why is happening in this city? Only Airport Road is repaired regularly. This is unfair since those in other localities also pay tax. The Government should treat all citizens equally.

Agnes Dass,

Bangalore

Bad roads

Sir, — The Chief Engineer of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has said that Bangalore has fewer potholes than in other cities. Why should this comparison be made? Moreover, he has taken into account only the potholes on main roads. The interior roads are in a very bad shape. Even if complaints are made to the higher authorities, the roads are not repaired.

I request the chief engineer to make the officials attend to complaints in quick time.

A. Sama Rao,

Bangalore

User tax

Sir, — The stretch between Uppinangadi and Sakleshpur, a ghat section on National Highway 48, is in such a bad shape that heavy vehicles should not ply on it. Giant oil tankers and lorries laden with heavy goods plying on the road in large numbers daily have destroyed the road. There are traffic hold-ups on the road for hours. There is also the danger of a pile-up as it is a bumper-to-bumper crawl on the road.

A user tax of Rs. 500 a trip may be imposed on heavy vehicles and Rs. 100 a trip on other four-wheelers using this road. The money should be spent on maintenance of the road and regulating traffic. Police check-posts with wireless facility and breakdown removal arrangements should be established at every 5 km to ease traffic.

P.J. Bagilthaya,

Bangalore

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