The railway over-bridge, which is the main way to go to Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruthuraipoondi, is in a completely damaged condition in Tiruvarur. There are twelve holes on the bridge.

Though the matter has been taken to the notice of the Collector, no remedial action has been taken so far. Even the picture of damaged bridge was also published in many magazines, there has been no response from either the State highways or the Southern Railway.

An early solution is expected from the authorities concerned.

V. Dharmadoss,

Tiruvarur.

Directive to private buses sought

The Air Force Station at Thanjavur is located on Thanjavur-Pudukkottai route.

Ex-servicemen and their families in Thanjavur and nearby districts come here for purchasing their household needs.

There is a pucca bus shelter just opposite the Air Force Station.

But private buses plying on this route do not allow passengers bound for Air Force Station in their vehicles for reasons best known to them.

It is therefore requested that the Assistant Director of Ex-servicemen’s Welfare at Thanjavur and also Air Force station authorities to take up the matter with the Collector of Thanjavur for suitable action.

R. Jambunathan,

Tiruthuraipoondi.

Inter-State permits for vehicles

Tirunallar is a navagraha keshetra and a pilgrim centre located in Puducherry. The Tamil Nadu Government is doing a lot for improvement of tourist and pilgrim centres.

But, pilgrims from other states face problems at the border area and on temple premises owing to non-availability of inter-state road permits for their vehicles arriving.

We request the authorities concerned to issue road permits on the spot by collecting necessary fee to avoid middlemen interference and corruption.

A. Srinivasan,

Kumbakonam.

Water supply

The frequent breakdown of water supply to residents of Pudukottai town causes untold hardship. At times water supply is stopped for ten days at a stretch. Those who are provided with pipe connection pay Rs.87 per month as water charges. The quantum of water supplied is not only meagre but also not in accordance with the specifications laid down in the bylaw of the Municipality.

The Municipal authorities say that the pipes carrying water from Cauvery often break up.

The Municipality in consultation with the TWAD Board should constitute a panel of engineers to examine the waterway and see that the worn out or broken pipes are replaced so as to prevent such damages in future.

R. Ramaiah,

Pudukottai.

Another train to Chennai

One more train from Kumbakonam-Thanjavur-Chennai is required at least till December 2008 as the Mayiladuturai-Villuppuram BG works may be delayed. More buses to Chennai are not of much use to the public as bus travel is uncomfortable.

As the summer vacation for schools and colleges is coming, one more train is a must.

T.S.S. Mani,

Thanjavur.

Railway budget

The people of delta districts feel let down by the Railway Budget with regard to their unmet demands for a long time.

Except the proposals to extend the Coimbatore-Kumbakonam Jan Shatabdi Express to Mayildaturai and introduction of two new trains to Chennai via mainline, all other proposals are gimmicks.

The proposed new trains would be operated only after the completion of gauge conversion work. Till then people of delta regions have no options but to suffer silently.

Introducing a direct train to Chennai from Tiruvarur and Mayiladuturai, operating new train from Tiruchi to Tirupathi, and trains to southern districts from Mayiladuturai were some of the pending demands.

T. Deepa,

Mayiladuturai.

No summer special trains

The announcement of the summer specials schedule by the Southern Railway has disappointed the people of delta region. Not even a single train was being operated from the delta districts.

The Railways is offering a step-motherly treatment to this region.

G. D. Inian,

Mayiladuturai.

Renovate ‘padithurais’

Sakkarai Padithurai and Dabirpadithurai are famous for performing the last rites of the deceased and Ammavasai Tharpanam. They are in a dilapidated condition.

I request the Tambras and other donors to come forward to renovate these buildings for the convenience of the people.

K. Santhanam,

Kumbakonam.

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