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Sir, — Although pelican signals have been installed in front of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) on Hosur Road, none of the vehicles obey them, rendering it impossible for the people, mostly patients and their attendants, to cross it. The traffic police appear helpless, except blowing the whistle. Who is to blame for this? The irresponsible, law-breaking citizens or the traffic police personnel, who cannot stop the over-speeding vehicles, or the system? Why are the police unable to enforce traffic discipline in front of NIMHANS?

To reduce the traffic on this road, all mofussil busses passing through it can be diverted to other road/.

C.R. Ananthanarayanan,

Bangalore

Curb noise pollution

Sir, — The noise pollution due to private functions s on the rise. Even some two wheeler-riders create terrifying noise in the thickly populated narrow roads. Hardly anything seems to have been done to curb these practices. It is time the authorities concerned constituted special squads in each locality, using the services of social organisations, if necessary, to put an end to these problems.

V.S. Ganeshan,

Bangalore

Develop tank

Sir, — There was a report about a year ago that the Supreme Court had directed the authorities concerned to keep the Mistripalya tank, bordering 3rd, 4th and 4th ‘B' blocks and the Mistripalya village of Koramangala, as a lung space. The court had also ordered that the tank area be not used for any other purpose. Consequent to this order, the resident welfare associations in the area had proposed to develop the tank and set up a park around it besides creating a jogging track and a birds corner. However, nothing has happened so

far. The tank continues to be a dumping ground for construction debris and other garbage. The tank area is causing a serious health hazard. Will the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and the residents' welfare associations take steps to develop the tank?

T.P. Gopalaswamy,

Bangalore

Promote Sanskrit

Sir, — The Government plans to construct Valmiki Bhavans in all the districts and taluk headquarters of the State, and also supply copies of Valmiki Ramayana to educational institutions.

But for the move to have the desired effect, people, especially students, should have adequate knowledge of Sanskrit. If the Government is serious about popularising the teachings of Valmiki, they should simultaneously promote Sanskrit.

K. Gopalan,

Bangalore

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