Three sleeper class tickets to Manmad from Visakhapatnam by Train No: 8509 cost me Rs.373 per head covering 1440 km. In the return direction by the same train, the charges were Rs.361 per head and the distance was mentioned as 1363 km! How could the distance vary so many kilometres for to and fro journey?

The railways owes an explanation for this excess collection of fare.

T. Anand


Introduce SETVIS services

SETVIS transport would be a boon to the needy Visakhapatnam public as the APSRTC here is unduly encashing the docility of the public.

While some part of many bus routes are empty, the same buses, after a particular spot, ply with footboard travellers. No suggestions were ever considered for suitable adjustments. While Kothavalasa from Vizianagaram district has concessional city bus pass facility, Anakapalle from within the district with similar distance does not have the city bus pass facility.

All ordinary city buses to steel plant were removed although many people, including daily wage earners, project work students and other department employees depend on these buses.

In view of this, I pray for early introduction of SETVIS vehicles as competitors to APSRTC without further loss of time.

Rama Raju Patnaik M.


Pilgrims’ plight

Pilgrims to the Simhachalam shrine in Visakhapatnam come not only from Andhra Pradesh, but also from Orissa and all over India for a darshan of Lord Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimhaswamy. But the devotees are disappointed with lack of facilities on the hill top.

The free darshan queue is in unhygienic conditions with sanitation staff seen nowhere. After darshan, there are more problems at the prasadam counter with a single counter issuing tickets for both men and women. No staff is available for maintaining the queue which reduces the scenario to one where might is right. It takes at least one full hour to buy prasadam tickets and one more hour to collect prasadam from another counter. It is requested that the contact numbers of Simhachalam devasthanam officials be displayed at all prominent places on the premises in three languages for the benefit of pilgrims to lodge their complaints for immediate action. A suggestions/complaint book may also be kept near the Rajagopuram.

M. Vijayalakshmi


Will new varsities serve the purpose?

Of late, the Government is according permission to start new universities and medical colleges. Certainly it is a noble gesture. But it was found that many medical colleges lack infrastructure facilities, staff and hospitals. In the case of universities, a glaring example is Sri Krishnadevaraya University at Anantapur which has underqualified staff ineligible to handle PG classes, meagre research facilities and a lot of vacant teaching posts. The Government should take cognisance of these facts before according permission to start any seat of higher learning.

G. Mary Hema Prabha