Needless delay

Sir, The first chartered flight was to land at the Bajpe airport in May, but it was cancelled at the eleventh hour disappointing many. There has been no progress on this so far. Same is the case with introduction of the Mangalore-Sakleshpur-Bangalore train service. It should have commenced in December 2005. Dates were postponed according to the whims and fancies of Railway authorities. This kind of unnecessary delay speaks volumes about the interest elected representatives are taking in essential services.

J.F. D'Souza

Mangalore

Clear pavements

Sir, There is total apathy towards maintaining pavements for pedestrians. Traffic planners are widening the roads at the cost of pavements. These have become convenient dumping ground for debris and building material. These are used extensively to carry on trade by hawkers, used as parking places for two-wheelers and as extensions for shops to display their wares. The BMP and traffic police should do the needful.

D.B.N. Murthy,

Bangalore

Increase in bus fares

Sir, The KSRTC and BMTC have increased bus fares by eight per cent. This is unjustified. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has ruled out any increase in bus fares. In fact, Tamil Nadu has not increased the bus fares in the last four years. Karnataka should also adopt such a people-friendly approach.

S. Kuppuswamy,

Bangalore

Irregular service

Sir, The bus on route number 243E was introduced for the sake of office-goers and schoolchildren. This red board bus, which has to leave Vidyamanyanagar at 8 a.m. for Shivajinagar is always irregular. Students and others are put to difficulty. This has been brought to the notice of the authorities concerned but in vain. Buses starting from Andhrahalli and Thigalarapalya are always overcrowded at the starting point itself. Therefore, passengers are unable to board the bus en route.

K.R. Raghavendra Rao,

Bangalore

No parking zone

Sir, There has been an increase in parking of vehicles on the stretch between Krishnaraja Puram and Whitefield, making the road congested. Many shops have come up on either side of the road. Authorities should enforce "no parking" on this road for smooth traffic flow.

Mahesh Kumar,

Bangalore

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