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Sir, — This refers to the news item titled “A historical bridge is falling down” published in The Hindu on October 17. The bridge has been inspected by the Chief Engineer, Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited. It is reported that the bridge is generally in good condition. However, certain repair worksare required. Action is being taken to undertake these repairs soon.

Sudhir Krishna Principal Secretary to Government Public Works, Ports and IWT Department

Bangalore

Checking traffic jams

Sir, — Vehicular traffic is restricted in Manhattan in New York, except for taxis and public transport vehicles, to prevent traffic jams and ensure free movement of pedestrians and vehicles.

It is high time such a system is put in place in Bangalore city also, of course, with improvements in the public transport system. First and foremost, all private cars should be prohibited inside the city.

V.S. Ganeshan

Bangalore

Facilities for senior citizens

Sir, — It is pitiable to find the absence of first-aid facilities in BMTC buses. While boarding a new generation bus with a high-rise foot board recently, I, a senior citizen, slipped and sustained minor injuries.

On reaching the Majestic Bus Station,

I went to the enquiry office and control room looking for a first-aid box, but the people had never even heard of such a thing. The Government should take adequate care to provide such facilities so that senior citizens are not inconvenienced.

K.V. Pathy

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