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Traffic travails

The Dhanya-Remya theatre road (adjacent to Government Ayurveda College), has become an accident-prone area. The rush of vehicles up and down, topsy-turvy parking on both sides, and the throng of people in front of tea-stalls invite accidents regularly. Stray dogs are also a menace and pedestrians have no space to walk along the road.

Many years ago, the department concerned had installed a yellow stone on both sides of the road as an indication to widen the road, but no spadework is found to be started yet.

The government should take the initiative to develop or widen the narrow stretches of roads in the city on a war-footing without any political intervention.

S. Narayanan

Ambujavilasom Road

Vehicle pollution

With the increase in the number of vehicles in the capital city, pollution has become a cause for concern. As per the rule, vehicle owners should produce a ‘pollution under control’ certificate issue by authorised agents in order to obtain a fitness certificate from the road transport authorities. But, it seems that such rules are not applicable to government vehicles. For, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses emit more carbon monoxide than private vehicles. Such toxic emissions cause respiratory disorders. The authorities should enforce rules to check the rising pollution in the city.

Bal Payyannur

Vattiyurkavu

Reschedule trains

The 12076 Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express, at present, is scheduled to reach Thrissur at 10.32 a.m. But the 56374 Thrissur-Guruvayoor Passenger train leaves Thrissur earlier, at 10.15 a.m. If the passenger train is re-scheduled to leave Thrissur at 10.45 a.m. or so, a large number of passengers from the southern part of the State would be benefited with a connection rail link to Guruvayur. Elderly people can travel by a day-time train from Thiruvananthapuram to Guruvayur.

In the opposite direction, departure of the 56375 Guruvayoor- Thrisur Passenger train may also be re-scheduled to leave Guruvayur at 3 p.m., so that the passengers bound for Thiruvannthapuram would get the return 12075 Jan Shatabdi leaving Thrisur at 3.47 p.m. It is requested that the railway authorities kindly look into the rescheduling of the passenger trains.

K.B. Sanjayan

Karakulam

Strike’s gains

The State government has based its claim that most government employees and teachers are in favour of the contributory pension scheme purely on the attendance level at offices and schools during the strike period. But it must be conceded that but for the invocation of dies non — no work, no pay — the attendance would have dipped low to make the strike a success. It needs no great intelligence to know that the existing statutory pension scheme is better than the proposed scheme. Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan’s affronted comment that “cannons were not required to crush the flies” could have been avoided. However, Finance Minister K.M. Mani’s timely initiative and the flexible approach of staff unions helped break the deadlock and end the strike. In the given situation, the assurances of a minimum pension and option for investment in the government treasury are no small gains of the strike.

G. David Milton

Thiruvananthapuram

Is Air Kerala viable?

One loathes sounding unduly pessimistic and cynical, but the Air Kerala proposal offers little cheer. Almost all operators in the country —domestic and international, private and public — frequently face rough weather in terms of viability and profitability. Does Kerala have the requisite expertise and professionalism to undertake the colossal venture and to enable it to reach break-even within a reasonable time, not to speak of making a profit? Even in the humble surface-transport field, our government undertaking has been nose-diving into mounting losses every year, that too after shelving employee/retiree benefits indefinitely. As for the mooted airline meeting the rigours of customer-satisfaction, the inescapable babu-culture is sure to cause pinpricks. All said, the ambitious proposal appears akin to biting more than what one can chew.

C. Divakaran

Kowdiar

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