The Medical College Hospital (MCH) is one of the busiest landmarks in the city. It is a junction of four important roads. Hundreds of people from various parts of the State and adjoining districts of Tamil Nadu throng the hospital for medical care. But, unfortunately, the MCH lacks basic infrastructure befitting a capital hospital.
There is no zebra-crossing in front of the hospital. The electronic signal system placed in front of the hospital is not functioning. The car parking shed next to the Corporation Rest House which was completed months ago is kept closed for unknown reasons.
The present parking facility opposite to the hospital building is a major hindrance to vehicular traffic. Ambulances carrying serious patients waiting to gain entry into the hospital are a common sight. The authorities concerned should take immediate measures to mitigate the sufferings of patients.
Make full use of facilities
Recently a modern bus shelter has come up opposite the Tourism Directorate office. The bus stop has facilities that show name of the location, a city map and comfortable seats. Unfortunately, neither the public nor bus drivers seemed to be aware of its purpose till date.
Commuters are seen scattered around between the west gate and the model bus stop regardless of rain or shine. Drivers stop buses according to their whims and fancies. Ironically, there is a traffic policeman posted there who seems to be tired of controlling the traffic.
It is high time the authorities concerned wake up and make full use of the facilities.
Suresh Babu Sekharan
Youth denied opportunities
It is shocking to note that retired hands are being appointed in our public undertakings when thousands of educated youth are expecting temporary appointment for a short period at least, to support their family, after registering their names in the employment exchanges.
The contention of rulers/heads of department is that experienced hands do the work quickly unlike untrained hands. It may be true to some extent, but they should not forget the fact that a raw hand becomes skilled and quick only through experience. Nobody becomes an expert in a day.
Some heads of departments do not present the actual number of personnel required in their department leaving chances for vested interests to get their dependents appointed through the back door. This practice should go.
Memorial for ‘Leader'
The former Chief Minister, K. Karunakaran's, contribution to Kerala's development is praiseworthy. His goodwill and courage as an administrator is worth emulating.
As a mark of respect to the departed leader, a befitting memorial should be built in the State capital to commemorate his loyalty and service to the people. The Congress party should take the lead for constructing a suitable memorial to the ‘Leader.'
K. Sivankutty Nair