The accident death of the 45-year-old Income Tax employee at Panampilly Nagar was an avoidable tragedy. For over two years, the stretch of the Avenue was being used as a track for drag racing by youngsters on super bikes and souped-up cars. They terrorise motorists and pedestrians with the throaty sound from the exhaust pipe and triple-digit speed. And it has the potential to scare people into losing control over their vehicles.

I had raised this issue in this very column nearly a year ago. The police do not have to wait for the locals to complain. It is part of their duty to curb this. I had recommended placing prefabricated speed breakers at three strategic points. Who will answer for the pain and anguish and the irreplaceable loss to the family? Let this be a wake-up call to all and let this tragedy be never repeated.

—Col (Retd) Romy Sakharia, Panampilly Nagar.

A railway station in a busy city must offer basic comforts for travellers. But the Edappally Railway Station is anything but comfortable. This station is the closest halt for thousands of people who visit Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment and other shopping establishments daily. But unfortunately most of the trains do not have a halt at this station. If Venad Express, Mangalore Express and Kannur Express could stop at Edappally, thousands of passengers can access various parts of the city burning wasting time on the busy Banerji Road and M.G. Road.

The list of things missing is also long. There is no roof over platform No. 2, no reservation counters, no refreshment kiosks or comfort station. There was news about the railway station’s upgradation, but nothing can be seen on ground. The Edappally Vikasana Samithi had staged a protest recently to invite the railway authorities’ attention for providing the above facilities.

—Advocate P.R. Padmanabhan Nair, President, Edappally Vikasana Samithi.

The Union of Residents’ Association of Aluva (URAA) distributed booklets to students to spread awareness against drug abuse and fight alcoholism in young generation. Anwar Sadat, MLA, released the booklet by handing over a copy to Sister Geetha, principal of Nirmala Higher Secondary School, Aluva in a meeting presided over by Dr. C.M. Hyderali, URAA president.

Around 20,000 copies of the booklets were distributed to students of educational institutions of Aluva. The Mukthi Sena project is being implemented in association with Aluva Municipality, Aluva Janamaithri Police, Excise Department, IMA (Central region), FISAT, Mookkannur, Ashwasalayam, Emirates National School Foundation, Sharjah and New India Assurance Company. FISAT chairman P.V. Mathew administered the oath against drug abuse. —Chinnan T. Pynadath, General Secretary, Union of Residents’ Association of Aluva.

Compiled by

K.K. Sankaran