Deadly daredevilry

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Many two-wheeler riders, mainly young men on motorcycles, in the city overtake vehicles at great speeds even through the wrong side and in heavy traffic, spreading panic. They ride in a zigzag manner, posing a threat to the safety of other drivers and passengers. It is easy to spot them, as they ride on new-generation bikes without wearing helmets, not to mention the speeds at which they travel. The authorities should find a way to stop their speeding. If they can be identified using automatic cameras and proceeded against, many accidents can be prevented.

P.K. Jayanandan



Plea to rename train

The Intercity Express from Palakkad to Mangalore takes lesser running time compared to other trains between Palakkad and Mangalore. The newly introduced service has benefitted rail commuters and has good passenger patronage. This train is followed by another Intercity Express (Ernakulam–Kannur), from Shoranur to Kannur on the onward journey and Kannur to Shoranur on the return journey. The timings of these trains often create confusion among passengers as they arrive within 30 minutes of one another.

I request Southern Railway to rename the Palakkad-Mangalore Intercity Express in order to clear confusion among passengers. There is a custom in Railways to name the trains after rivers. Already there are trains named ‘Kaveri', ‘Vaigai', ‘Godavari', ‘Nethravati', etc. Since the Palakkad-Mangalore Intercity Express travels parallel to the Bharathapuzha, popularly known as ‘Nila', for a distance of 60 km from Parali station to Thirunavaya, the suitable name for the train would be ‘Nila Express'. Southern Railway will add one more feather in its cap by naming this super-fast express “Nila”, the name of the longest river in Kerala, which represents the rich culture and tradition of North Kerala.

P.P. Janardanan


Preserve mangroves

The mangrove forests abundantly spread over five sq km on the banks of the Valapattanam river at Pappinissery in Kannur is an important wetland that nurtures many endangered species of flora and fauna. Last year, Pappinissery Eco-Tourism Society wanted to convert it into an “eco-tourist spot.” It is reported that the same society is planning to revive this project under a different scheme. It is hoped that the society will abandon the scheme once and for all to save the pristine mangrove forests.

N.C. Sreedharan


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