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The report on the three decade-long delay in taking over the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) Colony at Kuttakarai in Thuraiyur municipal town limits (The Hindu, August 4), has rightly brought out the long-pending issue to the notice of the public.
While handing over the colony, the TNHB should ensure that it has all facilities. Kuttakarai needs basic amenities. But the cash-strapped municipality will find it difficult to incur the expenditure. I, therefore, request the TNHB not to hand over the colony under duress conditions to the municipalities, citing some Government Order or other. This is the main reason why the municipality has not adopted any resolution favouring the take-over. If the TNHB does not provide the basic facilities, the State Government should allocate special funds to the municipality, facilitating the transfer of the colony.
A group of persons from the Narikuravar community have pitched their tents near the Mannarpuram signal. The place looks unsightly what with the open defection by them on the roadsides, leaving little space for the public, among other problems. The authorities should take action to evict them and make the place clean and hygienic.
Surprise checks notwithstanding, the affairs at the Regional Transport Office are far from satisfactory. Delay in handing over documents to the public and forcing them to produce unnecessary and unwanted documents make the life of the public miserable. The authorities must continue the periodical checks to keep things in order.
Thillai NagarA job well done
Kudos to the Corporation for constructing the drainage on Pattabiraman Street with pavements over it, on either side of the road, making it aesthetic as well.
Now, the residents must maintain this stretch neat and clean, without allowing encroachments on this street. The civic body, residents, non-governmental organisations and voluntary organisations must join hands to plant and grow tree saplings on the roadside, to make it one of the beautiful streets in Tiruchi.
TiruchiRoom for improvement
With reference to the report “Rockfort, a difficult place to reach” (The Hindu, August 2), the authorities must evict encroachments on the way to the temple, especially on the pavement along the Teppakulam side of NSB Ro ad. A 10-feet high meshed barricade may be erected on the edge of the pavement and the top portion of it can be commercially exploited by permitting hoardings without blocking the visibility of the bottom portion.
There is a wide open space available in the Town Hall ground. It can be better utilised for vehicle parking, since the area is easily approachable from Big Bazaar, Super Bazaar and NSB Road. But the approach roads to this place should be made utilisable beforehand.
The Municipal authorities in Srirangam seem to take care of only the temple surroundings and a few streets. It is disgusting to see mounds of garbage in colonies such as Mangamma Nagar and Geethapuram. The residents of Sudarsan Nagar have an efficient solid waste collection and disposal system, managed by a Ladies Association for the past 10 years. The councillor of Geethapuram must take efforts to emulate the system followed in Sudarsan Nagar.
SrirangamService tax on telephone bill
In the telephone bill, Rs.290 is charged as fixed charges, termed earlier as rental. This is for the hire charges for the instrument and the landline the customer is using. In the bi-monthly bill, 10 per cent on the rental of Rs.290 (Rs.29) and 10 percent on call charges are billed as service tax. As the customers have already paid for the services of instrument and landline in the form of rent/hire charges, I wonder whether it would be in order for the department to charge service tax on monthly rental.
TiruchiVehicles at bars
The State-run TASMAC liquor outlets have bars alongside. One can see scores of vehicles lined up outside the bars located even in important stretches in the city. It is obvious that the persons consuming liquor at the bars will drive home in a drunken state endangering not only their own lives but the hapless public as well. The moot question is why such a dangerous practice has been allowed to go on unhindered by the law enforcing authorities. Everyone is aware that drunken driving is a criminal offence and giving official patronage to the evil practice does not speak well about maintenance of road safety.
I request the police to look into the matter on a priority basis by immediately banning use of vehicles by those who utilise the bar facility at the TASMAC shops and also at some of the leading hotels with permit rooms.
J. Anantha Padmanabhan,
The Central Government disallowed non-academic titles to citizens, removed disparity that existed between class IV employees and others, abolished discriminatory classification of its employees as class I, II, III and IV by re-designating them as Group A, B, C and D. It had also done away with the system of officers drawing their own pay individually under bill known as gazetted officers’ pay bill so as to include their pay items indiscriminatively and commonly in the general establishment pay bill along with all others irrespective of the Groups [A or B or C or D.] Yet the distinctive classification of employees as gazetted and non-gazetted, which was in vogue during British rule for distinction between the ruler and the ruled, where the gazetted posts were meant mostly for Europeans, still persists. Now that the Sixth Pay Commission is in session, it is time to recommend abolition of this age-old British way of discrimination.
T. V. KoilIVRS system
The BSNL has enabled the IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System) for calls to the directory enquiry number197, whereby the customer has to register their phone number and a ticket number is provided along with the current status and an assurance that the call will be returned shortly. Though this system was introduced to check whether the calls to the enquiry number are attended to properly by the operators on duty, the real purpose, of immediate attendance to the query, is not solved. Since the IVRS system is not user-friendly, the BSNL should switch back to the old manual system. Will the General Manager of Tiruchi-BSNL look into this matter and do the needful?
Two test cricket matches between India and England are over, causing disappointment to cricket- lovers as they could not see live telecast. Though the Parliament has passed a bill claiming right over live relay of India-playing cricket matches played abroad, the national channel telecasts the match only the following day of the match. Local cable TV operators do not make available the private channel which telecasts these matches, citing additional payment to the channel. The third and final test match is to start from August 9, to be followed by one-day matches. The cable TV operators can do well to satisfy their customers by making immediate payment to the private channel to facilitate viewing live relay of the matches.
SrirangamUtilise space under bridges
The four over-bridges constructed at a considerable cost add glory and prestige to the city. The bridges have brought about immense relief to the traffic congestion. But the vacant space underneath them has been left uncared for. At many places, unauthorised tea shops, steel fabrication units etc have sprung up. Consequently traffic on the service roads along the bridges is worst hit. Added to this, anti-social elements have occupied the space at many places. It is earnestly requested that the Corporation should come out with a comprehensive plan ensuring best utility of this space. They can construct ward offices for the Corporation, warehouse / godowns for being let out, bachelor accommodation etc. They can also think of developing beautiful gardens in some places emulating the example of Bangalore.
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