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There is always a demand for more train to Bangalore from various parts of Tamil Nadu. If the Nagercoil-Chennai Central Weekend Super fast (2689/2690) is converted into Nagercoil-Chennai Central/Bangalore weekend Super fast such as it bifurcates & amalgamates at Salem Junction with a combination of 1 AC 3-tier, 8 Sleeper Class, 1 General Second Class & 1 Luggage -cum-brake van coaches each would benefit all classes of people and this route will cover most of the districts in Tamil Nadu. During the summer vacation, if Trichy-Villupuram passenger (807/808) is extended to Chennai Egmore such as it reaches Chennai Egmore around 4 a.m. and leaves Egmore around 11 p.m., would help more people to travel since it has all unreserved class.
M. Sundara Kumar
Ramalinga NagarRemove hoardings
In the railway over bridge at the junction of Madurai Road and Dindigul Road, new huge colourful hoardings are coming up every day. There is a traffic signal at the junction and many a time the drivers are looking at the hoardings not the light. This may please be looked into.
This has reference to the reader’s mail in the Hindu dated March 4, 2008, titled “Hoarding Menace” quoting that the advertisement hoardings fixed on the road signal post has become a threat for motorists. A recent study conducted in United Kingdom has proved that too many road signs and advertisement hoardings could make driving more dangerous. So I request the authorities to remove the advertisement hoardings from the road side and the signal posts.
Golden RockUnfair move
Irony of the sixth Pay Commission is that it refused any interim relief that would have been counted for fitment benefit but has also nullified counting of even permanent relief of extra 12 per cent of the Dearness Allowance (DA) as on 01.01.06 ordered by the government by merger of 50 per cent of DA as basic pay on 01.04.03 as a consolation the centre has committed to its employees pending revision of pay scale from 01.01.06. It would not be fair for the government to go back on its own commitments and count only 74 per cent DA instead of 86 per cent DA allowed and drawn on 01.01.06.
The concern and recommendation of sixth Central Pay Commission [para 5-1-32] that old pensioners require a better deal because of their needs, especially those relating to health, increase with age, deserve increase in quantum of pension at a 10 % slab beginning with 20,30,40,50 and 100 per cent at age 80,85,90,95 and 100 respectively, with parity with staff getting 2.5 per cent annual increase to pensioners after 40 years of retirement, is commendable. It would have been still more appropriate if the first slab of 10 per cent at age 75, when one is already crumbled by more than half with its further proportionate continuance, has also been included. Government could decide this while approving it.
TiruvanaikoilLay proper roads
The housing colony at Anna Nagar, neighbouring the OFT, is a residential locality for the employees of OFT and BHEL. The arterial road branching off from OFT Main Road is in a very bad condition with lot of pot holes . I request the civil authorities, panchayat presidents and local MLA to look into this perennial problem and lay roads which can withstand the rigour of heavy rains.
D. V. Ayyer
Anna NagarMobile chargers
Mobile phone has become an essential item. In case of travel by long distance buses, it is becoming difficult to communicate when the charge level in the mobile phone goes down. Hence, as a trial measure, the State Government may provide mobile phone chargers for commonly used makes of mobiles in the air buses of State Transport Corporation.
Thillai NagarAvoidable accident
The news of the fatal accident that took place on the Chennai Bypass Road in Tiruchi city on April 13 in which six members of a family from Kottayam were killed was very shocking. The car driver has been driving throughout the night without rest and this led to the fatal accident.
Government and the police should evolve a strategy to discourage people from travelling in cars throughout the night at a stretch without proper rest.
Indiscriminate speeding of town buses and others on EVS Street, Srirangam causes headache and is unsafe for the residents of this area who are mostly senior citizens. They are put to great stress because the bus drivers hank the horns continuously while entering the street till they reach the other end of the road. The town buses are plying at high speed through this street. They also overtake each other in this narrow street unmindful of the pedestrians and children. I request the traffic police to book the erring drivers. Either this street should be treated as silent zone or the noise of horn should be restricted to the minimum.
Tourists also park their buses/vehicles on both sides of the road causing hindrance for easy movement of vehicles. Further stringent action should be taken against drivers found driving their vehicles at break neck speed. The Corporation authorities should erect speed breakers at vantage points to curb this menace.
Monkeys were big hindrance to the residents in and around the surroundings of Srinivasa Nagar, T.V. Koil. At times they tend to attack the aged ones and young kids. I request the concerned authorities to take necessary action immediately to catch these monkeys which will be of great help to the public.
T.V. KoilSale of post cards
The sale of post cards and inlands in private shops should be banned by the Postal Department. If cards are sold for fifty paise in post offices, it is costing sixty paise in retail shops and the retailers do not get any licence to carry out such transactions.
I wish to bring this to the notice of Minister of Communication, now representing the Perambalur Loksabha constituency. I hope as a minister from Tamil Nadu he will do the needful for banning post cards sale in private shops.
Rockfort AgraharamBegging in coaches
Quite a number of eunuchs are moving freely in the railway compartments causing inconvenience to the passengers. They don’t leave until the passengers part with some coins. Other beggars are no exception. Can’t the Railway authorities curb this menace by preventing entry of beggars into compartments?
Dr. David Peniel
Of late, a contingent of eunuchs is ruling the roost in express trains. The mounting menace of these eunuchs in running trains has reached its flash point as the genuine ticket holders are in the receiving end.
When a regular traveller is punished for not having tickets, how these eunuchs go freely? Will the railway authorities take positive action against them?
H. Ghouse Baig
There was a facility in the Post-paid Cell One mobiles to know the current month usage by sending SMS as ‘Amt’ to 333. At present the subscribers are fed up contacting the BSNL to know the current month usage. All they receive as reply is “This Service is temporarily unavailable.”
They face this problem for the past one-and-half months. It is unfair on the part of BSNL. The authorities should take steps to render this service to their Cell One Post Paid mobile customers.
OFT EstateSchool bus
As the State Government had proposed to amend Motor Vehicles Rules by inserting a rule (349-A) that every educational institution bus must be fully painted in sky blue colour, the State Transport Corporation owned city buses should also be instructed to follow a uniform pattern in colour.
Government had introduced well designed low-floor and vestibule buses, thanks to the Transport Minister, but it is difficult to identify the city buses.
The impunity with which the private buses violate traffic norms on a routine basis makes one wonder on whether there is a traffic wing in existence in the city. Several consumer welfare organisations have represented to the law enforcers many a time on the need to rein in the private bus operators but to no avail. Last week two private buses plying between Tiruchi junction and Srirangam rammed into road side shops at Main Guard Gate while going on a berserk racing.
A tripartite meeting involving the public, private bus operators and traffic wing police should be called to put an end to this menace.
J. Anantha Padmanabhan
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