Provide foot overbridge

It was reported (April 11) that no foot overbridge was provided at Irumbuliyur, forcing people to cross the railway track. One person was reported to have been killed while crossing the track.

The action of deceased cannot be treated as trespassing and the heirs of the deceased must be monetarily compensated.

As the accident was on account of non-availability of a foot overbridge, the Railway authorities should build an overbridge at Irumbuliyur.

S. Krishnamoorthy,


Re-lay road

The entire stretch of road between Avadi Bazaar and Poonamallee is in a deplorable condition. It is full of potholes, craters, mud and stones, posing danger to road users. Students and office-goers are the worst affected.

The Avadi municipality office is located nearby.

The place is prone to accidents as the vehicles move at snail's place. Several complaints to the municipality fell on deaf ears.

I request the authorities to relay the road to ensure smooth and safe travel.

J. Swaminathan,


Make helmets mandatory

It was quite shocking to read the news (The Hindu 9/4) that 71.4 per cent of head trauma victims were two-wheeler riders and below 40 years.

The Motor Vehicles Act, it appears, has the provision to make helmet-wearing compulsory. All that is required is an executive order to implement it.

The government should, without delay, pass the orders to make helmets mandatory to save the lives of riders from certain death or severe head injury.

T.K. Subramanian,


Those dangerous rods

Sometime ago, a young relative of mine died when rods projecting from a moving vehicle hit him while travelling on a motorbike. This accident could have been prevented by the traffic police.

Any projecting object carried by a vehicle such as lorry, van, cycle, autorickshaw, should have a red cloth tied at the end to warn other road-users.

At night, these vehicles should have a red light at the end of the projecting material as indicators.

P.V. Srinivasan,

Sastri Nagar

One-way road

a solution

Traffic congestion on Railway Station Road, Pazhavanthangal, Chennai calls for making the road one way.

The road is narrow and the flow of traffic during peak hours is heavy. This is the only road leading to the Pazhavanthangal overbridge to reach the railway station and accidents are common. Senior citizens and women face a lot of difficulties.

C. Vallinayagam,


Vehicles without headlights

Let the police initiate stringent action against vehicles plying without headlights, particularly two-wheelers and autorickshaws. Accidents will come down substantially.

M.S. Venkataraman,

Anna Nagar

Thanks to


Thanks to the Ambattur municipality, the 50-foot-wide Officers' Colony main road, which was covered with mud for about 5 feet on both sides, was cleaned on Thursday.

Senior citizens living in the area have been complaining of pollution and suffocation as mud deposits entered their houses.

As president of the Residents Welfare Association I got a number of calls to ascertain whether any demolition or eviction was carried out during the cleaning operation.

I would like to clarify to the residents that it was a routine cleaning operation undertaken by the municipality.

V. Rajagopal

Anna Nagar

Haphazard parking,

pedestrians' woes

At Adyar, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Ist Main Road, Kasthuribanagar and L.B.Road, vehicles are parked before shops and restaurants leaving little space for pedestrians. They are forced to walk on the middle of the road, exposing themselves to the risk of being knocked down by speeding vehicles.

I preferred two complaints to the Commissioner of Police, but no action has been taken.

O. G. Krishnamurthy,


MTC must restore

display boards

The MTC stop for buses bound for the southern parts of the city opposite to Arts College on Anna Salai is crowded, especially during evening hours. It is a regular stop for buses bound for Mylapore, T.Nagar, K.K. Nagar, Saidapet and Tiruvanmiyur.

Most of the destination display boards at this stop are missing.

Even the existing one or two boards are in bad shape. Commuters do not know where their route buses stop. The drivers stop their vehicles in a haphazard manner forcing the commuters to run.

I urge the MTC authorities to restore the display boards at the stop immediately.

S. Jayabalan,

West Mambalam

Pavement turns

public toilet

The pavement near the Government playground at Trustpuram, Kodambakkam, is being used as a public toilet.

Residents nearby are unable to sit in the balcony because of the stink.

The Corporation office, which is in the very next building, is not taking note of the complaints.

G.M. Priyadharshny


Shortage of

stamp papers

Shortage of stamp papers has become a common complaint. In the case of residents of Pallavaram, Chromepet and towns around Tambaram, it is worse.

At the Tambaram Taluk Sub-treasury only higher value stamp papers are sold. The residents are forced to buy lower denomination stamp papers from private vendors by paying more.

We request the Kanchi District Treasury to stock enough non-judicial stamp papers of lower denomination.

V. Santhanam,


Peoples Awareness Centre,


Appeal to parties

Parties contesting the Assembly elections have promised to provide ration rice at Rs. 2 per kg and colour TV sets. In Tamil Nadu, many depositors have been defrauded by non-banking finance companies.

If any party announces that it would ensure the recovery of some part of their money it can be assured of a sizeable number of votes.

K.R. Venkataraman,


Billboards on

avenue trees

Friends of trees across Chennai have warmly hailed the Chennai Corporation's move to enforce rules to remove billboards on avenue trees in the city.

Billboards on trees have many ill-effects: (a) they harm the tree (b) disfigure its beauty (c) cause traffic hazards by distracting road-users (d) encourage tax evasion by advertisers.

Now that the Corporation Commissioner has come forward to implement this very vital measure for the health of avenue trees in Chennai, it is for members of civil society to take up this cause for trees.

We appeal to advertisers, who have been party to this gross violation, to remove the offending signboards immediately.

Residents' associations, schools, colleges and other institutions can inform the local corporation area offices of the violations.

Sensitise members of the public to do the same.

Shobha Menon,



(A Trust to promote Tree Culture)

Peters Road