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Sir, — Moodbidri attracts a large number of tourists because of the many Jain temples there. However, with steps having been initiated to widen the National Highway 13, care should be exercised to keep these ancient monuments intact.

A bypass road seems to be the only option left to save these temples. The Archaeological Survey of India should ensure that there is no threat to these ancient structures which represent the art and culture of the country. The Deputy Commissioner should de-notify the lands already marked for acquisition.

M. Padmasri,

Moodbidri

Waste of water

Sir, — When parts of Bangalore are reeling under acute drinking water shortage, hundreds of litres of drinking water go down the drain in front of BHEL Township, near the Vijaynagar rear entrance on the road connecting GKW Layout and Chandra Layout. There is a leak in the drinking water source at two points. Will the BWSSB authorities look into the matter and do the needful?

Ramya Sankara Narayanan,

Bangalore

Bus service

Sir, — Nagamangalam in Krishnagiri district is around 25 km from Hosur. But there are no direct buses from Bangalore to Nagamangalam. One has to change three or four buses to reach the place. It would be better if the Government introduces direct buses during office hours. Presently, commuters have to depend on trains, which is not convenient to them.

A. Venkatesan,

Medians broken

Sir, — The medians on Hosur Road from Wilson Garden to NIMHANS are broken and could cause accidents. Besides, two-wheelers and pedestrians cross the road at multiple points. Will the authorities fix the medians and provide for proper pedestrian crossings?

G. Padmanabhan,

Bangalore

Rainwater harvesting

Sir, — Although the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has made rainwater harvesting in residential houses mandatory, the response from people has been lukewarm.

The BWSSB should rope in reputed private agencies whose representatives can go from house to house discuss the scheme and offer to install the system at a reasonable price. Moreover, incentives — such as a discount on the water bill — would attract more house owners to opt for rainwater harvesting.

D.B.N. Murthy,

Bangalore

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