Clear pavement encroachments

Sir, There is apathy towards maintaining pavements for pedestrians. Traffic planners are widening the roads at the cost of pavements. With the booming building industry in the city, pavements have become convenient dumping ground for debris . These are used to carry on trade by hawkers, as parking places for two-wheelers and as extensions for shops. Eateries have encroached upon pavements making it difficult for pedestrians to use them. Unfortunately, there is no lobby that works for the interest of these who struggle to escape from traffic and walk on whatever pavements are left. BMP and traffic police should free the pavements from encroachments.

D.B.N. Murthy, Bangalore

Irregular service

Sir, The bus on route number 243E was introduced for the sake of office-goers and schoolchildren. This red board bus is always irregular. 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.

K.R. Raghavendra Rao, Bangalore

No parking zone

Sir, There has been an increase in parking of vehicles on the stretch between Krishnarajapuram and Whitefield, making the road congested. A number of shops have come up on either side of the road. Adding to this, a showroom unloads cars from trucks during the day causing difficulty to commuters and also posing risk to other vehicle users. The authorities should enforce "no parking" on this road to ensure a smooth traffic flow.

Mahesh Kumar, Bangalore

Increase in fares

Sir, The KSRTC and BMTC have increased bus fares by eight per cent. This is unjustified. Tamil Nadu has not increased the bus fares during the last four years. Karnataka should adopt such a people-friendly approach .

S. Kuppuswamy, Bangalore

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