There was a news item in your newspaper about the launch of new products by Aavin. I found to my surprise that there was no Aavin retail outlet at Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand, used by thousands of people every day. There is sufficient space between the highway and the bus stand complex to set up an outlet with openings on the bus stand side and road side with ample parking space. Though it is run by the government, Aavin must be more business savvy and open retail outlets at important places and importantly stocking all products in its portfolio to attract more customers. Such measures will certainly bring in more profits to the organisation.
S. S. Subramanian,
Hitherto Pandiyan Express was halting at Sholavandan and there were 12 sleeper class berth quota for passengers travelling to Chennai. Since July, the Sholavandan halt for the train as well as non-computerised reservation facility for the same had been withdrawn causing much hardship to passengers. The move is unwarranted and unjustifiable. The railways must revoke these measures by re-introducing the stoppage and reservation facility.
MaduraiG.O. on school buses
The State government in its notification dated 10 September, 2008 directed educational institutions to paint their buses yellow and have the inscription “School/College Bus” in front and rear top of the vehicles in bold letters (The Hindu, September 11). Besides, they were also called upon to have a prescribed visual depiction on the sides of the vehicles to indicate the transport of school / college students.
In respect of vehicles other than those belonging to the educational institutions, including autorickshaws, it is required that they should keep a board with the words “School Children” written on it when they carried them. But one finds that these instructions are being followed more in breach than in observance.Autorickshaws and private vehicles that carry school children, it appears, are immune from the provisions of the government notification. One hopes the authorities check these infringements.
Your newspaper, on the last two days of every month, used to publish astronomical chart for the next month giving star positions in the sky. They were very useful for students and others interested in astronomical positions. I request that the chart is continued to be published.
With reference to the news item “Water restoration works reviewed in Sivaganga district” (The Hindu, October 21), during the British rule, an expert team from England visited Tamil Nadu to guide farmers on water management. On seeing the excellent irrigation techniques practiced by farmers in Ramanathapuram district, the team members, it is reported, said that the team had nothing to teach farmers and rather they had a lot to learn from them.
MaduraiBan drinking also
I welcome the proposal of Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss to close the IMFL retail outlets on Saturdays and Sundays. He wants 50 percent of the working hours of these shops to be brought down. His calculation is wrong. Before TASMAC came into existence, liquor was sold in bars in star hotels and clubs. Bars and clubs used to stock liquor beforehand for sale on government announced dry days. People also used to buy liquor in advance. On these days, many bars and clubs used to sell liquor through the backdoor. Since people manage to buy booze by hook or by crook, I feel that Dr. Ramadoss’ calculations will fail since people will stock liquor for the weekend. It is fault of the leaders who have lifted Prohibition in our state 4 generation back. By an ordinance of the President, sale and consumption of liquor must be banned throughout India. When smoking is banned, smokers are penalised. Why not liquor consumption be banned and violators penalised. Such a move will save the lives of many poor people addicted to alcohol.
The quality service and efficiency of the 150-year-old post office system has gone down drastically through the years. Private couriers dominate the scene now in the wake of the postal department not in a position to deliver the goods.
J. G. Kanagaraj,