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The councillors belonging to the CPI, CPI-M and the MDMK staged a walkout of the Corporation council meeting to show their protest for the proposal of setting of water theme park on an outlay of Rs.7 crore. The basic needs of the public such as good roads, sufficient drinking water supply, sanitation works have not been fulfilled even after the lapse of 13 years since Tiruchi Corporation came into being. Even now it is not too late to drop the proposal and concentrate on laying good roads, removing encroachments etc.
P. R. Krishnan,
Tiruchi.Buses for schoolchildren
As schoolchildren have been issued free bus pass to travel in city buses, travelling in city buses between 4 p.m. and to 5 p.m. as well as 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. is difficult almost in all the routes. Two or three government city buses may be operated in all the routes for schoolchildren exclusively and thereby other passengers can travel conveniently and peacefully. Will the authorities concerned look into this problem?
Tiruchi.Ensure free traffic flow
The revival of the automatic traffic signal at Mainguard Gate junction on WB Road, which has long been in disuse had added a problem to the already existing chaos instead of easing the traffic. City buses from Central Bus stand via Palakarai drop passengers in the middle of Holy Cross College Road and cause unnecessary traffic snarls near Sophy’s corner, affecting the movement of vehicles from the WB road. The two-wheeler riders are forced to take the bumpy turn at the intersection.
Hence, the bus stop near a restaurant should be regulated, as it is very ahead of the signal. Similarly buses from Thillainagar and Woraiyur also don’t stop at bus stop near the Church and commuters are forced to get down near TDCC Bank where the signal stop line is marked.
A proper plan should be drawn to ensure the free flow of traffic and minimise traffic snarls. Would the officials concerned look into this matter?
This refers to the report “Rash driving - apex court for enhanced punishment (The Hindu, 25-06-07).”
It is shocking to note that the punishment for reckless and rash driving is mere two years even if the accident results in loss of life. The supreme court’s recommendation to the Centre for amending the IPC to provide enhanced punishment for those indulging in rash and reckless driving is timely considering the phenomenal rise in the number of accidents.
As rightly pointed out by the apex court, the economic impact of a lot of accidents is huge with a predominant number of those killed are bread winners of families, ultimately leaving their dependants in the lurch. It is evident that the punishment is negligible when compared to the gravity of the offence as far as road accidents are concerned. The centre should take note of the judgement and take steps to amend the statue so that an enhanced punishment would serve as a deterrent against rash and reckless driving.
J. Anantha Padmanabhan,
Hundreds of local regular worshippers of Srirangam temple heaved a sigh of relief over the announcement of the Chairman, Board of Trustees, that darshan of Thayar and Sakkarathalvar sannidhis would be made free all the time on the analogy of Perumal Sannidhi (The Hindu, 3-5-07).
It is nearly two months since the announcement was made. Yet darshan at Thayar Sannidhi and Sakkarathalvar is allowed by Re.1/- ticket only except free darshan hours already in existence. The devotees are curious to know the reasons for not giving effect to the announcement by the Chairman, Board of Trustees.
People of Srirangam suffered immensely for two days, owing to blocking of the artery road from Sri Renganathasamy Temple up to Rajagopuram owing to a cinema shooting from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Not even pedestrians could pass through the road because of a generator van, caravan and cinema view spread all over road, platform etc. blocking the way.
Will the authorities concerned stop such activities when the public are put to severe hardship?
It is most unfortunate that encroachments have spread like an epidemic. The impact is severely felt in urban areas. People do not care for laws. Most of the roads in cities and towns are encroached upon by hutments on both sides, leaving hardly any space in between. It has become absolutely essential that a permanent solution is brought about to this malady on a war footing. It will be ideal, if a separate ministry is introduced to curb encroachments.
The idea of public service should be in view of the convenience of the public. But the air buses introduced by the TNSTC on various routes are expensive. Besides, the services are also not on a par with the fares. So, it will be better, if the authorities increase the frequency of the normal buses for the convenience of the people.
The public are not happy with the point-to-point buses, LSS services and air buses are introduced by the TNSTC, as there is no advantage for them.
H. Ghouse Baig,
Tiruchi.Remove radios in buses
In some of the town buses plying in the city radios are switched on in high volume, which creates nuisance to the passengers. Recently while I was travelling in a town bus the conductor could not hear me because of the high-pitched noise and as a result I had to get down only after my stop. All this happened because of high-pitched radio noise. I wish such radios should not be allowed in the town buses which are causing noise pollution and disturbance to the passengers.
G. Rajesh Gopal,
This refers to ‘Community comes together against a social stigma’ (The Hindu, 27-06-07). It is happy to note that the self-help groups and other NGOs with the coordination of Khajamalai Ladies Association along with Narc otics Intelligence Bureau CID, hosted a rally to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The rally flagged off by the Tiruchi Collector with 800 students from city schools carrying placards, shouting slogans and issuing pamphlets on the ill effects of drug addiction is worth to note as the abuses of drugs and its evil effects may create an awareness amongst the students who fall prey in their age of adolescence.
Koothapakkam R. Murali Kumar,
Tiruchi.Proves its motto
The Department of Posts has once again proved its service motto by rightly paying heed to the grievances of the public expressed through this column in The Hindu to avert closure of Srinivasanagar Post Office in the heart of Srirang am and appealing to the citizens to cooperate in increasing the SB, RD, MIS etc., deposit accounts. The attitude of the present staff of this sub-post office towards customers, who never fail to appreciate it in comparison, has increased the business.
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