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Hats off to these good samaritans

An old woman was lying on the road uncared for. Everybody hoped that somebody would do something. However, the condition of the woman stirred the heart of two girls of the neighbourhood who swung into action immediately. They filed a report with the Mylapore Police Station (E1). The writer on duty contacted his superior and acknowledged the receipt. He sent a constable to provide necessary help.

The girls then contacted "Little Drops", a home for the aged and the destitute, for help. However their pick-up vehicle broke down en route. Undeterred, they contacted `The Banyan', another charity organisation. The vehicle with volunteers reached at 10 p.m. and picked up the woman. It was only then that M. Aarthi and M. Archana, residents of 24, Prof. Sanjeevi Street, Mylapore, heaved a sigh of relief.

T.S. Manohar,

Mylapore

Linking IT corridors

The entry of Infosys, a software giant and other top IT firms into "Mahindra City" — a special economic zone — is indeed something that the residents of Maraimalai Nagar are happy about. Mahindra city can be linked to Tidel Park via Thiruporur, Old Mahabalipuram Road, which is being developed as six-lane expressway to East Coast Road.

The existing 26 km rural road via Kondamangalam, Karunilam, Maruderi, Nellikuppam, Ammapettai, Kattur and Illalur runs into Old Mahabalipuram Road in Thiruporur and then onto Tidel Park via Madhya Kailash, 20 km away. This will provide the shortest and most direct connectivity from GST Road (IOC Petrol Bunk) and Mahindra City. As of now, the rural kutcha road (40 feet) is laid for almost 26 km with 13 km well laid and the rest to be relaid with scope for widening on both sides. If this 26 km is upgraded to run bus services from Singaperumalkoil and Maraimalai Nagar to Thiruporur, it will provide an opportunity to hundreds of young boys and girls to get a school education. Most of them are engaged in grazing cattle, and lack transport to go to school; the farmers will also be helped to find a market for their produce.

If the Singaperumalkoil — Sriperumpudur Road via Vallakottai is upgraded and a Railway over bridge built for free flow of traffic it will help visitors to the two auto giants, viz., Ford Motor and Hyundai Motor and communication giant Nokia.

S. Gopalan,

Maraimalainagar

Let panchayats give plan permission

The decision taken by the Corporation to process the building permission applications at the zonal offices is welcome.

In some of the neighbouring village panchayats, the plan applications are processed at the CMDA office, which often returns the applications on flimsy grounds. The CMDA seems to have no respect for court orders in many cases.

We request the Chief Minister to direct that the applications for building plans be processed by the village panchayat head office like the zonal offices of the corporation.

C. J. Kothandapani,

Aminjikarai

Exorbitant demands of autodrivers

The sway of auto-rickshawmen in the city remains undisputed. On June 9, I was shocked to see a couple of women with their children before DAV School, Lloyds Road, pleading with the autodrivers to agree on a reasonable fare. Why is this sort of crime — a crime against the common man — allowed to continue?

Why is there no mass protest?

P. Raman,

Gopalapuram

Courteous, helpful policemen

With films portraying policemen as corrupt and puppets in the hands of politicians, I was reluctant to enter the police station when my handbag got lost in a hotel some days ago. But it was really a pleasant surprise to see how courteous the policemen were at the Nungambakkam police station and the way they extended full cooperation when I went to report the lost bag. The inspector did his best to help us out. His pleasant ways totally changed the opinion I had about the police.

Dr. Radha Bhaskar,

Nungambakkam

Lack of bus services

Having moved to Mogappair a month ago, I find that the suburb where I am staying now VGP Nagar, a sprawling one with a number of individual houses and flats galore, is not connected at all by a bus so far.

Buses 34, 7-H, 7-M only touch "Golden Flats" and even share-autos do not ply beyond Golden Flats, resulting in a big inconvenience for residents of VGP Nagar, who have to take another auto-rickshaw to reach their respective destinations.

I would request the Transport authorities to extend bus services up to VGP Nagar. I see a lot of vacant sites, and if possible even a bus-terminus can be constructed, so that buses can be operated between VGP Nagar and other places like Parrys Corner, Mint and Vadapalani.

For the time being, at least, share-autos can be permitted to ply up to VGP Nagar, to ease the congestion at "Golden Flats" stop.

Mani Nataraajan,

Korattur

Train services simply not enough

I have been commuting between Tambaram and Kodambakkam by EMU for the past five years. I find it difficult to travel in the trains, especially during the peak hours. In Tambaram the frequency of trains to Beach from 8-30 a.m. to 9-00 a.m. is quite inadequate.

At 8-32 a.m. there is a train to Beach from Tambaram originating from Chinglepet. The train, which comes from Chinglepet, is overcrowded. At times the above train reaches Tambaram before 8-25 a.m. and a part of the crowd switches to the train which starts from Tambaram at 8-25 a.m. causing inconvenience to the regular travellers from Tambaram to Beach.

The next train at 8-40 a.m. is partly a ladies special in which last five compartments apart from the second compartment are allotted for ladies.

The next train from Tambaram to Beach is at 8-50 a.m.

We are forced to take this train and reach our office late everyday.

In the evenings the frequency of trains between 5-30 p.m. and 6-00 p.m. from Kodambakkam to Tambaram is also inadequate.

Out of three trains between 5-30 p.m. and 6-00 p.m. (at Kodambakkam) to Tambaram, two trains are scheduled for Chingleput i.e. 5-37 p.m. and 5-55 p.m. at Kodambakkam).

In between the two trains there is only one train to Tambaram at 5-47 p.m. which is also overcrowded.

S. Sathiyanarayanan,

Chitlapakkam

Increase frequency of buses

Recently, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) authorities introduced a T51 service from East Tambaram to Thiruvanmiyur. This route covers the I.T. corridor -- CTS, TCS, WIPRO, Satyam Computers and Tata Consultancy Services etc. -- and a number of Arts and Science and Engineering Colleges on the way. But the T51 buses are packed during peak hours.

An increase in the frequency of service will definitely be a relief to the commuters.

Moreover, the T51 buses are parked in East Tambaram at different places. It will be helpful, if the buses display the time of departure, and destinations at East Tambaram and Thiruvanmiyur.

S.D.S. Manian,

Thiruvanmiyur

Black-top street in Adambakkam

In Adambakkam, Karuneegar Street can be likened to Ranganathan Street of T.Nagar, with scores of big jewellery, textile, fancy and miscellaneous shops, including one or two hotels. Since it is located near the St. Thomas Mount Railway Station, this street is used by a large number of vehicles, pedestrians and customers.

Before this street was dug up for laying drainage pipes about a year ago, there was a pucca concrete road.

Now, it is sad to note that this busy street badly needs to be black-topped. It is a nightmare for two-wheeler riders.

J. Manohar Singh,

Adambakkam

Noise pollution in Adyar, Shastri Nagar

The noise pollution caused by the use of horns, particularly air horns -- by lorries, water tankers, buses, vans and private cars is increasing day by day in residential areas like Adyar, Shastri Nagar and neighbouring localities. They disturb the sick, the elderly and children.

Medical opinion holds that air horns can damage one's hearing.Although air horns are banned in the city, the enforcement remains tardy.

P.V. Srinivasan,

Sastri Nagar

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