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to Nilgiris

I partly agree with the views of Mr. B. Bellukutty (Readers' Mail, Nov. 29) on an alternative road to the Nilgiris from the plains.

But I don't endorse his suggestion for one more road via Kolakombay-Salas-Yellanally to Ooty.

Instead if a road from Thengumarahada to Siriyur via Karachikorai in Erode district is built and connected to Kalhatty, it will benefit not only people visiting Ooty but help those in Masinagudy area, the entire Gudalur region and Wayanad in Kerala too.

The distance between Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor to Ooty and the distance via Thengumarahada-Siriyur-Kalhatty is more or less same but the time saved will be considerable.

If there is a road in this part, there will be no landslides since most of the stretch from Karachikorai to Siriyur is along the plains whereas the proposed road via Kolakombai is hard hilly tracks which are always prone to landslides.

C.R. Krishnan,

Gudalur

Repair this road

The road from Vadavalli to Mettupalayam Road Junction through Edayarpalayam and Koundampalayam is an important route. Because of continuous rain recently every curve of the path is damaged. Two-wheelers, school vans and small cars struggle on this stretch and accidents occur frequently.

Local body officials blame the highways department, citing that this road is under the jurisdiction of the highways department.

R. Hariharan,

Coimbatore.

Bachelor of Medical Technology

It is good to hear that Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) will start a three-year degree programme -- B.F. Tech (Bachelor of Farming Technology) – for farmers (Nov. 10).

It is a fact that among all professionals in life sciences (agriculture, medicine, veterinary science) it is the agricultural colleges that have pioneered the training of professionals.

Many persons without a medical degree routinely practise medicine (e.g. apart from quacks, even pharmacists give drugs over the counter, besides auxiliary medical professional like nurses, physiotherapists, pharma graduates and even medical transcriptionists) and, surprisingly, the end users, namely, the patients often get relief.

The patients save time and money spent for visiting doctors and undergoing needless diagnostic tests.

It is sad that our time-tested “home remedies” have been pushed under the carpet and the masses in general have greater faith in ‘English medicine”, which is supposed to be more scientific than our own systems like Siddha and because it offers speedy relief. Those in the present generation, especially in urban areas, rush to an allopath even for ordinary and common ailments when they could benefit from simple home remedies.

Much worse is the case when they face medical emergencies because they don't have knowledge of first aid (which used to be taught to school students in the past). When this is the prevailing scenario in our health care one wonders why not we start a three-year B. M.Tech ( Bachelor of Medical Technology) for the end-users, the patients (who have passed 10th standard and have completed 30 years).

They may, however, be barred from practising medicine; at best they may be permitted to practise what they had learnt on themselves and nearest kin.

P.Seshadri,

Coimbatore

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