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Parking space

Sir, — The authorities launched a drive recently to remove encroachments in Karur.

As a result, encroachments on both sides of Kovai Road and Jawahar Bazaar were removed to a substantial extent.

Part of the Kovai Road is a busy zone since commercial complexes are situated there. It is also a national highway.

To ease vehicular traffic, parking points were marked in front of these complexes by laying permanent coir rope boundary on the ground.

The police seize those vehicles, which are parked beyond the boundary. Since the area allotted for parking is too little, motorists find it difficult to park the vehicles within the boundary.

I request the authorities concerned to enlarge the parking area. Otherwise, an alternative parking area should be found.

S.P.Murugappan,

Karur.

A village by

the sea

Sir, — In the weekly magazine of The Hindu dated January 9, in the article entitled `A village by the sea,' it is mentioned that Thillai Rayar Pattinam is shortened in wayside boards as T. R. Pattinam.

It is not so. It is Thirumalairayanpattinam, which has been shortened to T.R.Pattinam.

Once, a king called Thirumalairayan ruled the town. A river named after him is running on the northern side of the town and confluences into the Bay of Bengal.

During his regime, the Tamil poet Asukavi Kalamegam cursed his kingdom to be showered with sand like rainfall.

R.Sivakumar,

Karaikal.

Accident rate

Sir, — Of late, the rate of accidents in Tiruchi is shooting up due to increase in the population and erratic behaviour of vehicle users.

Blatant violation of traffic rules by two-wheeler riders diverts the attention of other vehicle users leading to accidents.

So, strict enforcement of rules is necessary to check and punish them. Then only, the rate of accidents will come down.

I hope the authorities concerned will do the needful in this issue.

G.Rajesh Gopal,

Tiruchi.

Vacant site tax

Sir, — The Tiruchi Corporation's imposition of vacant site tax has caught the poor site owners unawares like the tsunami.

Many of them cannot take up construction due to various constraints like rise in the prices of building materials. Hiking the tax to astronomical level is very unfair and against all tenets of natural justice.

Instead of promoting construction activities, the hike will kill the hen that lays golden eggs. Construction activity would come to a grinding halt if the Corporation goes ahead with the hike.

I appeal to the authorities concerned to withdraw the unreasonable levy in full.

AV.Narayanan,

Tiruchi.

Drainage system

Sir, — The authorities concerned should discontinue immediately the norms requiring a deposit of Rs.6000 for every household for the underground drainage system.

Is the Tiruchi Corporation greater than the Chennai Corporation where the residents are spared of such an ordeal?

The rate works up to Rs.1500 to 2000 approximately.

Should the hapless citizens be forced to pay Rs.4000 more?

The authorities should explain the need for Rs.6000.

As it has been insisting on paying Rs. 6000, we urge the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to intervene in the matter.

David Peniel,

Tiruchi.

Traffic signals

Sir, — It is appropriate to install automatic traffic signals at Tennur Salai Road junction, below Tennur bridge and at Pattabiraman X Cut Road.

It is important to include pedestrian crossing in the signal and mark zebra crossings on the road.

C.Balakrishna,

Tiruchi.

Fast track court

Sir, — Justice delayed is justice denied.

Many cases are pending in courts for over a decade as unscrupulous lawyers thrive on these cases.

In such a context, fast track courts have become a boon to litigants.

These courts are introduced on a trial basis and their tenure comes to an end by March 2005.

There are no long holidays and each court has to clear 14 cases in a month. If a court does not stick to this norm, it is accountable.

Besides, if a witness does not appear, warrants are issued immediately and there is no question of bail.

Thus, these courts have a lot of plus-points, which are litigant-friendly.

So, the public want these courts to continue.

Now, the ball is in the court of Central government.

It should not extend step-motherly treatment to these courts, as these are the brainchild of the then NDA government.

H.Ghousbai,

Tiruchi.

Karur.

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