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The increasing traffic population has transformed Cherpulassery town in Palakkad district into an automotive hell. To make matters worse, causeways are often occupied by traders. It is a life and death situation to walk along the road. The local panchayat has constructed footpath for exclusive use of pedestrians. Yet traders turn a deaf ear to the social needs of the public. This blatant disregard by traders is defeating the very purpose for which they are made.

K.G. Koru Kuttan Nair

Cherpulassery

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). 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. 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

Palakkad

Bus shelter, please

The plight of those who have to wait for long at the bus stop near AKG Hospital, Talap, will only get worse with the onset of summer. The endless wait in the scorching sun is draining. This is a plea to the authorities on behalf of all the senior citizens, women, and schoolchildren who suffer daily. Kindly provide a decent bus shelter before cases of sunburn and heatstroke go up.

Aparna J. Pai

Pallikunnu, Kannur

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