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Reader's Mail

Traffic congestion

Two-wheelers are parked on both sides of the head post office road i.e. in front of the head post office and opposite the head post office.

Students of Presentation Convent, located near the post office, find it difficult to board city buses.

There is a `no entry' board - from Good Shed road to the Convent road.

But all vehicles, including the vans of the postal department, ignore the board and violate the directive. I request officials to look into this and shift the two-wheeler parking to the western side of the post office where vendors occupy the entire stretch creating traffic congestion on Good Shed road.

N.R. Ravisankar,

Coimbatore.

Awareness programme

The police conducted a traffic safety awareness programme recently. They could have considered the following measures. 1. All speed breakers be painted with yellow-white zebra. 2. Cancel licences of those who use mobile phones while driving.

Mostly they are "elites'' who consider themselves above law. 3. Cars run illegally (there are 3,000 in Coimbatore and Tirupur) with subsidised LPG gas cylinders be charged. But here too the owners are rich and influential.

K.K. Lakshmanan,

Coimbatore.

BSNL online

billing

I have been receiving inflated bills for the last few months even when I use the locking future offered by BSNL. Many times the BSNL office at Saibaba Colony has not given me a detailed call list for want of paper and I have had to go to the office next day.

The list shows quite a number of calls made to specified numbers for hours together and they get repeated month after month. Complaining to the BSNL officials doesn't help much. Why is the BSNL not offering a detailed bill even on the Internet?

Tamil Nadu, though it is the next hot hub of IT, is not even listed on the BSNL portal of billing inquiry (even remotest places in Assam and Bihar are listed!).

Can the authorities look into posting the detailed bills on the Internet for customers to view and alert the authorities immediately when we detect

misuse of our telephone? And also introduce online bill payment at least from big cities?

B. Rajagopal,

P.N. Pudur.

Effluent problem

There is increasing clamour for discharge of effluents to sea as a solution to the pollution caused by the dyeing industry at Tirupur. The Bureau of Indian Standards has prescribed less stringent specifications for effluent discharge to marine bodies than to inland water bodies.

However, the cost of piping and energy required for pumping effluents to Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal will be substantial.

The proposal may also invite resistance from coastal fishermen and people living en route. A competent agency should be assigned the task of preparing a techno-economic feasibility report for this project and the pros and cons should be carefully evaluated.

V.R. Sridharan,

Narmada Street.

(Readers can mail to cbereaders@the hindu.co. in with address and telephone number)

Coimbatore.

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