Onam festival is round the corner. Prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing, burning a hole in the pocket. There is an increase of Rs. 6-10 on a kg of rice compared to the same time last year. Vegetable prices have also become very costly. Unless the District Administration rises to the occasion to control the rising prices by introducing outlets like Maveli, Neethi Stores etc. to supply vegetables at subsidised rate, ordinary people will have a tough time in the coming days.

P. Rangadasa Prabhu, President, EDRAAC

District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareeth

The government is all set to take steps to rein in rising prices. As part of the drive, the District Administration, in association with the Horticulture Department and other government agencies, will organise Onam festival melas (Onachandas) in parts of the district to make available provisions, vegetables and other consumer items at a subsidised rate. Like previous years, this year, too, the government will set up festival bazaars (melas) a month in advance of Onam where essential commodities will be supplied at subsidized price.

Residents at the eastern side of Petta bridge are finding it tough to walk on the road because the stretch from Petta to Vadakkekotta Junction is entirely taken over by vehicles. Until recently, the road up to S.N. Junction had a clearly marked area for pedestrians. People, especially senior citizens, are scared of entering the main road. Moreover, it is often seen that vehicles are parked on the two sides of the road, making it dangerous for pedestrians.

—Lakshmi Devi, North Fort Gate, Tripunithura.

City Police Commissioner K.G. James:

The Kochi Corporation and the Public Works Department are the authorities who have to mark the lines on the roads in their respective jurisdictions. We have submitted a proposal to the Secretary, Corporation of Cochin and to the District Collector to include roads under municipality also for marking. We will take it up in the next Road Safety Meeting.

Regarding parking problem, enforcement of parking rule alone will not help solve the problem. It is the moral responsibility of the persons parking their vehicles to avoid causing inconvenience to the public and their co-operation is necessary to avoid such problems. Anyway, we will take action to control unauthorised parking.

While we appreciate the Mayor’s response published in The Hindu on 25-01-2013 regarding the drain that were clogged due to trash near the Apoorva Apartments, Kunjanbava Road Junction, the drain is still not cleared of garbage. In his reply, the Mayor had said “The Corporation has been regularly cleaning the drains in the city and will be employing people to initiate the work as soon as possible in the area”. Now, the situation is worse. The drain has been clogged completely and waste water discharge from our premises is blocked. Moreover, stocking of construction materials on the south side of the road is also causing waterlogging.

—M.A.Bhashyam Apoorva Apartment Resident’s Association, Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Vytilla

Mayor Tony Chammany

The problem as explained in the letter of the resident of Apoorva Apartments dated 14.01.2013 was looked into and the same had been resolved to a certain extent. Unfortunately over a period of time the problem resurfaced. This time the presence of raw materials for the construction of a nearby road has worsened the block in the drain. As soon as the problem was brought to my notice, the officials from the department concerned were instructed to inspect the site and find out the problem. Appropriate action has been taken by the city administration. The entire garbage found blocking the free flow of drain was removed using JCB. As of now no new reports have been received on block in the drain. I would also like to bring to your notice that the area that was earlier a collection point for garbage is now a transit point.

Compiled by K.K. Sankaran

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