Even ticket applied two months prior to date of departure on all south-bound trains from Chennai is waitlisted.

The wait-listed number is always more than 200 in each train.

Though the increased population is one reason, the railways lost foresight in calculating the expected increase in passenger traffic as well as goods transport and plan in such a way so as to meet the increased requirement.

The net result is the public who are the worst affected. When facts prevail like this, it is with much reluctance that the railways accepted in principle to lay a parallel second line from Chengalpattu to Dindigul. Though approved by the Railway Board, the above scheme is yet to be allotted with sufficient funds.

The Railway Minister does not seem to be interested in the improvement of rail traffic in Tamil Nadu as evident from the budget presented by her.

Unless and until a second line is opened on the Chengalpattu – Dindigul corridor, there is no way to get relief for the passengers whose number is increasing day by day for travel from and to southern destinations like Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Rameshwaram and Tiruchirapalli.

I appeal to our Prime Minister to bestow special attention on this issue.

Asmabagh Anvardeen,


Medicine for discount

The consumers feel happy to buy medicine. For bulk consumers (family members taking tablets daily) 20 per cent discount may be considered.

A separate board should be erected near medical shop and the discount should be indicated clearly.

Similarly patients willing to have CT scan (Computerized Tomography) and MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Image) should be given concession.

M.S. Sankaran,


Devotion needed

In a discussion in the Rajya Sabha Marxist M.P. Brinda Karat said that private hospitals are exploiting the vulnerable section of society (The Hindu, July 23).

The people, who could not afford to get costly treatment in private hospitals, get admitted to government hospitals for free treatment.

Even though the government hospitals have been provided with modern equipment and costly and latest drugs, patients are deprived of these facilities due to the apathy, callousness and disinterest of doctors.

The spirit of dedication or devotion which is the life blood of this noble profession has gone.

In the absence of proper treatment in government hospitals, most of the patients prefer private hospitals.

Exploiting this situation, the private hospital doctors are looting the poor patients. Even for the common diseases like fever of diarrhoea patients are subjected to take x rays, blood and urine tests etc., costing thousands of rupees. Within a short time private doctors have established sophisticated clinics and constructed palatial bungalows by grabbing the poor.

The Union Government should formulate regulatory mechanism to monitor private hospitals.

G. Nagasamy,


Time to connect trains

To facilitate train services to commuters, Rameshwaram – Madurai train should be connected to the Trichy train which starts at Manamadurai at 7.30 a.m. and also to connect the train starts at Manamadurai at 7.30 p.m. via Paramakudi to the train which arrives at 8 p.m. at Manamadurai junction. This connection of train will be useful to the commuters, traders, students and office going people. Will the authorities take steps to change the train time?

V. Rajendran,