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Sir, — Mangalore is experiencing shortage of coins Re. 1, Rs. 2 and Rs. 5 denomination. Businessmen, bus conductors, and hotels and small petty shops are not able to return the balance in small coins to their customers, and passengers. Steps may be taken to ease the coin supply in Mangalore. Temples and other places of worship should open their offertory immediately and exchange the coins accumulated there in the boxes with the commercial banks, traders, and other business establishments.

Sukumar Talpady,

Mangalore

Safety first

Sir, — None of the vehicles ferrying students in the city have seatbelts, which are required in the chaotic traffic.

Such vehicles must be painted bright yellow with ‘school bus’ written on all sides. In the west, school buses/vans have the right of way, and no one overtakes them. Drivers/helpers in school buses must be trained in first-aid, and their names indicated on the vehicle. Speed limit should be imposed on school buses/vans. Also, emergency first-aid kits are a must. Use of autorickshaws to ferry students must be slowly phased out.D.B.N. Murthy,

Bangalore

Imposing fine

Sir, — While the BBMP is looking at imposing fine for putting up big posters at various points in the city, it should also look at penalising those who stick advertisements on lampposts, traffic signals, walls and trees. And many fit huge advertisements on trucks and park them at various spots. They should also be penalised.

G Padmanabhan,

Bangalore

Lack of progress

Sir, — The lack of progress in the proposed Bangalore commuter rail project is disappointing. Not only did the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu conceive Hyderabad’s MMTS but was relentless in making it a reality.

But for him, SCR would have dragged its feet on the project, just like SWR is doing now in Bangalore. It is up to the State government, particularly the Chief Minister, to take it up with the Centre and the Railways to make the project a reality. The project will be a game-changer for the city’s commuting needs.

M. Balakrishnan,

Bangalore

‘Ban gutka’

Sir, — I don’t understand why the Karnataka government is dragging its feet on deciding to ban ‘gutka’ and related tobacco products despite directives from the Centre. Doctors have warned repeatedly of the high incidence of oral cancer among gutka-users; it can also lead to addiction. Already 14 States have banned it.

Lakhs of people consume gutka despite knowing its negative effects. Persons consuming gutka lose appetite and spend a major part of their incomes on such hazardous products. I hope the State government will take immediate action in this regard before Assembly elections.

K.S. Sundaram,

Bangalore

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