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Sports lovers disappointed
It was disappointing for sports enthusiasts across Kerala to hear that the 35th National Games, scheduled to be held in Kerala during February-March 2014, stands postponed indefinitely owing to a rift between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) over the selection of tainted persons as IOA officials.
Sportspersons and their fans in Kerala will be deprived of a rare opportunity to watch cream players of different States in action, if the IOC does not allow the IOA to participate in any of its activities. Kannur and Kozhikode will especially miss basket ball , wrestling, and football.
The work of the stadiums is in full swing and is expected to complete before December this year. Hence it is requested that all our MPs should pressure the Central Sports Ministry to resolve the IOC-IOA conflict and make it possible for our sportspersons to participate in the Olympics and domestic sports events.
Ensure amenities at bus-stand
The decision by the KSRTC to renovate its Palakkad bus-stand is welcome. However, its plan to shift operations temporarily to the stadium and municipal bus-stands within a few weeks could create more problems if basic infrastructure is not ensured.
The stadium bus-stand lacks basic amenities such as urinals, cloak rooms, etc. The Palakkad Municipality has auctioned the services of maintenance of toilets to private parties at a cost. Though the users pay a fee, the urinals are not clean and are unhygienic.
The stadium bus-stand is crowded with line buses that openly flout parking rules. Often, commuters are unable to read the destination board as the buses are parked in the reverse direction. The Municipality can seek the support of the Traffic Police to rein in conductors and drivers who flout the law. After 8 p.m., the stadium stand is a haven for anti-social elements.
The Municipality should make arrangements for basic infrastructure and passenger amenities before the KSRTC begins its operations from the Stadium stand as it would take at least three years to complete the renovation work.