Sir, — The BBMP’s spending on infrastructure has crossed Rs. 17,000 crore in the past decade. Authorities, including engineers, have been sent to advanced countries to learn more about infrastructure development. However, the standard of work and execution of plans have not improved. Traffic experts and urban planners allege that a great deal of money has gone down the drain. The BBMP has failed to meet the expectations of people about the Byatarayanapura, Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar and Devanahalli roads. According to the BIAL officials, the air passenger traffic in Bangalore is likely to touch 14 million by this year-end. Hence, the government agencies should consider several aspects before embarking on development projects.

K. Valmiki,

Bangalore

RBI bonds

Sir, — The taxable bonds of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) offering eight per cent interest rate with a lock-in period of six years should be withdrawn. The RBI, being the regulatory and apex banking body in the country, should set an example by allowing investors the option of not having to lock in their money so that the challenges of inflation can be met. Also, the bank could think of making the bonds tax-free besides offering higher rates of interest on them.

T.A. Gopalakrishnan,

Bangalore

Ensuring balance

Sir, — It is important to ensure that students channelise their minds and bodies towards achieving something progressive and worthy. It is noted that most extra-curricular activities are held during college hours. This is not wise as students are forced to miss their classes in order to participate in them. Alternatively, such competitions, be they related to sports or to intellectual pursuits, could be held during the vacations or holidays. This will ensure that they do not interfere with academics.

P. Basavaiah,

Chitradurga

Road overbridge

Sir, — Please include MES Road railway level-crossing junction near Yeshwantpur Railway Station for road over-bridge proposal along with Byappanahalli and Bapuji Nagar because traffic jams are common here. This road connects the Ring Road from Hebbal Flyover with Peenya/Bombay Highway. There is frequent traffic congestion on Dinnur Main Road in Kaval Byrasandra causing problems to even pedestrians. A one-way system should be introduced on this road and a parallel road be laid on which traffic from the opposite direction can move.

V.S. Ganeshan,

Bangalore

Asphalt road

Sir, — Roads in BDA Layout, HAL 3rd Stage (Airport Road) are in a bad condition. Repair work is always going on and the road is not asphalted regularly. Autorickshaw drivers refuse to commute on this road and even private vehicle owners suffer because they have to take their vehicles for repair frequently, thanks to the condition of this road. When it rains, the condition worsens because there is slush everywhere. Authorities must take steps to asphalt this road as soon as possible.

Karthik Nath,

Bangalore

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