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Check the midday meal regularly

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Sir, — On February 9, 23 schoolchildren at Kankanady in Mangalore were taken ill after their noon meal. The State Government introduced the midday meal with an intention to improve attendance in schools. But there is a question mark about the hygiene in kitchens where this meal is prepared and also about the quality of cereals and vegetables. In the case of February 9 incident, the midday meal was prepared and supplied by local caterer. The same caterer reportedly supplies meals to 27 schools in and around Mangalore. The authorities concerned should regularly inspect the kitchen where the food is prepared by the caterer and take action if the norms are violated. The Education Department and other departments should inspect the kitchens and also check the quality of food supplied in schools regularly so that this noble scheme becomes a big success.

J.F.D'Souza,

Mangalore

Restore bus-stop

Sir, — After modernisation, the sheltered bus-stop on the Koramangala Bus Depot side has been pulled down. As a result, those waiting for the bus, especially senior citizens, are facing a lot of discomfort as they have to stand in the inclement weather for a long time. Is it not possible to restore the sheltered bus-stop at a nearby place?

S. Pandurangan,

Bangalore

Repair the stretch

Sir, — The condition of the stretch between the Suranjan Das Road and Indiranagar Double Road junction is pathetic. There are huge craters on the stretch, and vehicles have to veer around to avoid them, which is upsetting the traffic movement. Will the authorities concerned take steps to repair the stretch to prevent any serious accident from happening?

N.R. Ananth,

Bangalroe

Be consistent

Sir, — Earlier, while roads were paved, all trees were tightly packed with asphalt and no earth was left exposed for the percolation of rainwater. Road-building agencies later rectified this by leaving space around every tree, which was a welcome change.

Lately, many roads in Basavanagudi have asphalt packed tightly around trees. It is time the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike drafted a manual on the do's and dont's of paving roads.

D.V. Raghavan,

Bangalore

(Readers can email letters.bangalore @thehindu.co.in or thehindu.letters @gmail.com)

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