Sir, — The electorate in the State have presented Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Government with a gift by electing 19 of the party’s nominees in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls. The people expect the new members of Parliament to work for the welfare of the State. They have taught lessons to a few legislators, who resigned from their Assembly seats and changed their affiliation from one party to another, by not casting their votes in their favour. They want good governance in the next four years and do not want the State leadership to indulge in “Operation Lotus”.

D. Mukund,

Bangalore

Atrocious driving

 Sir, — Pedestrians in Bangalore are the most scared lot. There seems to be no let-up in rash driving of vehicles, especially by motorcyclists, many of whom treat the Bangalore roads as motor race tracks. Their unbearably noisy and atrocious driving, without caring for safety of the pedestrians, is a nightmare for every road-user. Another scaring thing is the carelessness of dog-owners, who leave them free whenever they bring them on roads for a walk. It is time some strict measures to control those indulging in such acts were adopted to the relief of helpless road-users, especially the elderly, children, and women.

V.S. Ganeshan,

Bangalore

Inconvenience

 Sir, — It has become difficult to drive vehicles on the main road of Ramachandrapura (Jalahalli), especially opposite the two liquor shops. Many people, who come to have liquor during evenings, park their vehicles on the main road, without thinking of the inconvenience caused to the people. The police have not taken any action against this menace. Will the authorities concerned address this problem?

H. Suryanarayana,

Bangalore

Tipu Express

 Sir, — I recently travelled by the Tipu Express from Mysore to Bangalore. The experience was quite disappointing. This train was started mainly to cater to the people who are travelling to Chennai/Hubli from Bangalore, the trains for which depart at 2.30 p.m. and 2 p.m., receptively, from Bangalore. The Tipu Express runs up to Hubli as Intercity Express upon reaching Bangalore, and the other pairing train from Hubli runs up to Mysore as Tipu Express upon reaching Bangalore, without changing the rakes. Both these trains have almost the same time of departure — it is 2.15 p.m. for Tipu Express (towards Mysore) and 2 p.m. for the Intercity Express (towards Hubli). This creates confusion among the travellers in Bangalore as simultaneous announcements are made regarding their arrival on adjacent platforms. I request the South Western Railway authorities to combine these two trains and make it a single rake train. By doing so, the Tipu Express can be extended up to Hubli from Mysore and can be run as per the schedule without any confusion.

Varun Dambalkar,

Bangalore

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