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ST status for Badagas

Badaga community’s demand for its inclusion in the scheduled tribes list has been pending with the Central Government for long. Both Jayalalitha, when she was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had endorsed the demand.

Badagas have been trying to get a tribal status for the last 40 years. Many members of the Badaga community are socially, educationally and economically backward. According to records available in the district collectorate,

Badagas were in the tribal list many decades ago. Sentiments of the Badagas should be respected and they should be given reservation in education and government jobs.

B. Bellukutty,

Nilgiris.

Magic of May

Kovai with Gul Mohurs and Laburnums in full bloom in May is a visual delight. The City dresses up in reds and yellows that vie with the sunset.

Mingling with myriad green, washed clean by summer showers, these trees present startling islands of colour under a canvas of blue skies. Kovai is a beautiful city with a character of its own. Just to move a bit faster in our desperate rush towards Mammon and progress let us not harbour grandiose dreams of the metro rails (The Hindu, May 13) which would devastate our city. A well-planned sky rail in conjunction with a ring rail network is what Kovai needs. Besides meeting communication needs it would give us the time “…to stand and stare” at the magic of May.

M. Vania,

Coimbatore.

Nature camp

The initiative of Siruthuli in organising a free summer camp for school students with the theme ‘Teach them young’ is laudable. The assignments selected for the camp are more relevant and important now than before in view of the deteriorating conditions.

Sitting in a class room and learning from textbooks hardly compare with the first hand information one can get by relating with Nature. Positive and direct experiences in the outdoor are essential in developing a positive attitude towards environment and instilling love for nature.

We should nurture Nature and ensure that our natural habitat continues to prosper. If we do not awaken to the needs of Mother Earth we will be handing down a desert to the future generation.

B. Sripada Rajan,

Coimbatore.

Park in Ramnagar

Coimbatore Corporation is keen on providing parks in reserved sites in various wards. The project is being undertaken in right earnest in most wards of the city. The reserved site of over 2.5 acres in Ramnagar was cleaned after much persuasion and the work of forming the park was taken up a few months ago.

The work was suspended when half of it was complete. The sudden stoppage of the work has shattered residents’ hopes.

The Ramnagar residents request the authorities concerned to complete the work early. The site does not have a board giving details of the project, the name of the contractor, the date of completion, the budget estimate etc.

T.V. Kalyanakrishnan,

Coimbatore.

Road median

In continuation of Mr. C.N. Karunakaran’s views on road median (April 13) I suggest the following. The road median should be high and light proof so that headlights of all kinds of vehicles can be checked by the median from passing to the adjacent lanes. This will ensure that drivers, riders and pedestrians moving in the opposite direction in the night are not affected by the light.

P.S. Subbaiyan,

Coimbatore.

Wanted: Playground

There is a vacant space admeasuring 22,000 square feet which has been allotted for construction of a park near Thendral Nagar TN Housing Board area. Many housing colonies have been developed but without a park or a playground. As pin bushes grow fast in these areas, the areas cannot be used as playgrounds. Some time ago the civic authorities had these bushes removed but they sprouted again in the rain.

S. Sruthi,

Coimbatore.

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