I am a senior citizen and a cardiac patient. I had a bad experience in K.G. Complex, Coimbatore, on February 1. My health is being monitored in K.G. Hospital since 1995 at regular intervals. As usual, I went to the hospital with my wife for a routine check-up. The cardiologist advised me to undergo an angiogram which costs nearly Rs. 15,000. Instead of going to the State Bank of India ATM booth near the railway station, I went to the Indian Bank branch in K.G. Complex to save time. I operated the ATM machine in the manner adopted in the SBI booth. But the system in Indian Bank was different and my ATM card slipped and got trapped in the machine. Immediately I approached the manager and the staff of the bank for help. They did not heed my request for urgent need for cash and went about with their routine business. I requested them to get me the card back so that I could go to the SBI booth. The manager after getting my written undertaking entered the booth and opened the machine where I saw nearly a dozen cards of different banks. I got my card after a struggle of one hour and by then my heart beat had risen considerably. Finally my angiogram was done before 5 p.m.

C.R. Krishnan,

Gudalur.

Dangerous bridge

Under the Pradhan Manthri Gram Sadak Yojana scheme the road leading from Yellanhalli to Ketti Palada in the Nilgiris district, a stretch of about four kilometres, is being blacktopped by the National Highways. There is a narrow railway bridge of 12 metres in between the above stretch of road and the railway track down below is about 30 feet deep. The level of the road on the bridge has been adequately raised and paved with concrete slabs for free flow of storm water to avoid the bridge being damaged in flood. In the process the two-feet high protection walls on either side of the bridge virtually sank to a few inches posing threat to vehicles and pedestrians crossing it. It is necessary to increase the height of the side walls of the bridge because numerous vehicles and school buses ply on the bridge every day.

P. Nanjan,

The Nilgiris.

Free TV

I happened to see recently people who could afford to buy a television standing in queue to collect the free colour television sets of the government. Many had come in cars to collect the sets. Just a photo copy of the ration card makes one eligible for the free TV sets. Asked what they would do with the second TV set they said they would keep them in their bedrooms. Every additional TV set will consume additional electricity. The state is already reeling under severe shortage of electricity. The government should discuss threadbare the pros and cons of a scheme before it is floated.

R. Nagarajan,

Salem.

Retrograde step

The Centre and the Medical Council propose to start a short-term three-and-a-half year’s medical course throughout India to help the rural population. The reason for this is lack of doctors to serve in rural and remote areas. This is a retrograde step. The present four-and-a-half year’s MBBS course with one year compulsory internship is a bare minimum qualification for a basic doctor.

There should not be two grades of basic doctors. There are very few areas with shortage of doctors. To overcome this, doctors should be given liberal incentives to serve in rural areas. There should be minimum 30 per cent reservation in post-graduate medical courses for those who have worked for two years in rural areas.

B.R. Ramasubramanian,

Salem.

Jan Shatabdhi Express

Jan Shatabdhi Express operates between Coimbatore and Mayiladuthurai. In the beginning it used to go up to Kumbakonam. Subsequently, it was extended to Mayiladuthurai. The train has only reserved compartments and advance booking is necessary to travel in the train. As a large number of passengers travel in the train every day, sometimes it is very difficult to get accommodation. If the number of reserved bogies is increased, passengers can travel comfortably. One or two general compartments may also be attached to the train.

Radha Bhaskaran,

Erode.

Share autos

Share auto is popular in Erode. It is cheaper and carries people to all parts of the city. Though a share auto can accommodate only 13 persons, more often that not it is overloaded. This will not only endanger commuters’ lives but those of pedestrians too and affect smooth passage of other vehicles. Traffic police should take strict action against drivers of overloaded autos.

C. Bhaskaran,

Erode.

Prevent accidents

Sethupathi Gounder Street on Maruthamalai Road serves as an access road linking Maruthamalai Road and Pommanampalayam Road. The latter road, in turn, leads to important places like Perur, Thondamuthur, Narasipuram etc. and also many colonies in this region. All kinds of vehicles use this busy road. The prevailing situation situation on this road merits the attention of the traffic police to prevent accidents. A school’s compound wall (on Maruthamalai Road) stretches up to the very edge of Sethupathy Gounder Street without slanting off with an oblique angle. This provision called ‘splay’ is the prescribed norm which the school should have adhered to while constructing the compound wall.

The lack of ‘splay’ hinders a proper view of the incoming and outgoing traffic at the junction of these two roads. There is every possibility of accidents leading to loss of lives. The school authorities should be instructed to slice off the west-end of the compound wall to give provision for the ‘splay’. Speed breakers should be provided at certain points of the road.

P. Shanmugam,

Coimbatore.

Six-lane tragedy

It was a blessing to the people of Coimbatore when Avinashi Road was made to accommodate six-lane traffic. I felt that we were progressing when lanes were divided and traffic was segregated. During peak hours it is ultimate chaos with private buses plying reckless on the wrong lane and other motorists driving zigzag. Two-wheelers occupy all lanes and move zigzag endangering themselves and other motorists. The bottleneck at Hope College junction gets congested by 9 a.m. and crossing a stretch of 0.5 km takes 40 minutes. There is no effort by the police posted at vital junctions to streamline traffic other than during the time of VIP movement. Will the police ever take note of this situation and streamline the traffic? Will the reckless drivers ever be punished? It makes no sense in developing this city when citizens cannot abide by rules.

Krishna Kishor,

Coimbatore.

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