Sir, — As expected, the proposals to construct tourist cottages in the Talacauvery wildlife sanctuary and a floating yoga centre in the Sankey Tank have generated protests. No doubt, every effort should be made to find alternative and acceptable locations for them. Planners and authorities concerned should adopt a sane and rational approach while formulating new projects and avoid creating controversies, which are becoming customary these days.

D.N. Raghavendra Rao,

Bangalore

Bus shelters

Sir, — New snazzy bus shelters are being constructed at several places in Bangalore. But they are not properly designed to protect the commuters from rain and sun. Their ceilings are too high and the covering provided on the two sides is inadequate.

Some of the new shelters have blocked the narrow footpath space that existed before.

No shelter is being built at places where they do not exist. These shelters are meant for the convenience of commuters. However, 90 per cent of the hoarding space is taken by advertisements. The names of the bus stops are written in such tiny letters that they are almost invisible. At least 50 per cent of the space should be earmarked for displaying the names of bus stop in Kannada and English. Route maps should be also be displayed inside the shelters.

K.V. Pathy,

Bangalore

Speed breakers

Sir, — Apart from potholes, the serious handicap for vehicle-users in Bangalore is the unauthorised and unscientific speed breakers. Some people seem to take law into their own hands for selfish ends by creating unscientific road humps without bothering about the safety of vehicle-users as many of these speed breakers have become traps laid for accidents to occur.

It is time the authorities concerned made a survey of all the humps and removed the ones which were not essential.

Such an action will reduce the number of accidents in the city.

V.S. Ganeshan,

Bangalore

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