The deaths of three youths at Kowdiar on October 15 were a result of faulty alignment of the road. The sharp curve at Kowdiar junction, an important junction through which thousands of vehicles pass every day, needs extreme care to negotiate. Authorities must take steps to realign the road before the widening work is completed. In fact, the entire stretch from Kowdiar to Peroorkada is unscientifically aligned. There are too many sharp curves.
The authorities must also do something to prevent businesses from hogging the footpath along the road. The road from Kowdiar to Peroorkada needs a serious review.
The bad roads in the city are putting people to a lot of hardship. While the Public Works Department has been filling potholes, M.G. Road has been dug up between Palayam and East Fort for installing drainage at busy junctions. As a result, vehicular traffic gets disrupted. Not a single traffic personnel is posted to regulate traffic at these points. The Thampanoor-Manjalikulam road is full of potholes. To make things worse, a drainage leak has sprung up on this road. The authorities should take immediate steps to put an end to the public's woes.
Provide better service to the public
I appreciate the efforts of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) to publicise its new free SIMs. But, the company should simultaneously ensure that it has the proper infrastructure in place for these new connections. For the past some days, people have been experiencing problems in making calls and sending SMS. The worst is the unavailability of costumer support. The customer care number 9400024365 seems to be deactivated always. BSNL should take steps to provide a better service to customers. Any negligence on its part will only help the private companies.
Bring order to Peroorkada market
The Peroorkada market is located in one of the busiest areas in the city. There is no proper parking space near the junction for vehicles.
This creates a lot of difficulties for people coming to the market. Even the parking space meant for vehicles inside the nearby market is taken over by vegetable and fruit vendors. During the peak business hours, it is practically impossible to enter or exit the market as vendors line both sides of the entrance. The Peroorkada police station is close by. The police should try to bring in some order at the market.
Kerala Water Authority's response to Mr. V.G. Balakrishnan's letter dated October 18:
Arrangements have been made to remit water charges between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., including on holidays, through the helpline at the Water Works campus at Vellayambalam. Consumers can also utilise the services of the Janasevana Kendram. Another facility introduced by the authority is the online remittance system. Consumers can visit the authority's web site www.kwa.kerala.gov.in and register themselves. Guidelines are available on the web site.
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