Ever since the Hill palace-Karingachira road connecting the bypass and the main road to Ernakulam city was closed for repair works, the students and office goers are facing a harrowing time.
The traffic on this road has been diverted through Chithrapuzha-Kochi Refinery Road.
The parallel road, before Chithrapuzha junction, connecting both these main roads is also congested with vehicles.
Due to this, the commuters are unable to utilise the temporary bus stop, thus causing traffic blocks on roads.
The traffic police should depute more personnel in these areas. Also the authorities should complete the repair works at the earliest.
M. B. Vijayakumar
Use funds judiciously
Large amounts of funds have been allocated by the Centre for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. But are all these money being utilised for productive purposes?
In our area the workforce under this programme is engaged in unproductive works like clearing the weeds and grass growth along the road sides at a time when large tracts of paddy fields continue to remain fallow due to shortage of workers. Some of the people who are engaged for work under this scheme do not necessarily need such assistance. Also there is no supervision of work.
Authorities should take steps to ensure that fund under this programme is utilised for food production. All said, nobody can ignore the fact that there is a 50 per cent increase in price of rice in less than a year.
Almost all the arterial roads from Millingul to Aluva are not motorable. They need immediate repairs. Roads near Thripunithura and Kalamaserry are in poor shape too.
Civic authorities should get their act together and take immediate steps to improve the condition of these roads.
The city of Kochi and the suburbs have developed leaps and bounds and continue to do so. But these developments also put pressure on resources especially like power and water.
The distribution of CFL lamps to replace the power consuming incandescent lamps is a laudable initiative but more needs to be done.
More and more firms and residences should be encouraged to use solar energy. The city is no stranger to drinking water shortages.
To overcome this, all the residential complexes and hotels should invariably have water-harvesting facilities.
This should be extended to individual households too.
The roads in the city too are in a bad condition.
Bad roads mean increased fuel consumption by vehicles and a rise in accidents. Tax paying citizens deserve better infrastructure.
R. Unni Krishnan
The Kochi city is in bad need of committees comprising persons who have innovative plans, ideas and visions about the development of the city and its suburban areas. The members of such committees should visit the corporation / municipality/ panchayat divisions /wards along with representatives of local body's representatives and make elaborate study of the developments required in the particular area.
They should submit their best possible solutions for the development of each area.
Their ideas and plans should be presented before the meetings of concerned local body authorities with technical experts' opinions for approval.
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