This refers to the report on coracle ride near Pilloor (April 13). I and my friends went to Pilloor on Tamil New Year day to enjoy the coracle ride. The forest department made excellent arrangements with the help of tribal youths for the ride. Everyone was provided with a life-saving jacket making it easier to go inside deep waters without fear. Forest officials escorted us all through the route explaining how the coracle helped tribals living in the forests.
With water sources in the forest drying up, elephants have started coming to Pilloor from Velliangadu area. We encountered a few elephants and had a narrow escape. I request the forest department to provide security guards along with pilot escorts for the smooth passage of tourist vehiles in the forest areas.
Women face a lot of troubles when they travel in town buses. Men board the buses through the front door and stand very close to women. Some times they occupy the seats reserved for women/children. Some enter the bus inebriated. I request the traffic police to ensure that women have a comfortable journey in the town buses. Buses should have a small divider separating the seats of women and men. I also request the transport authorities to introduce special buses for women and schoolchildren and LSS services at least in peak hours.
Damaged phone lines
Nearly 350 landline telephone lines in our area belonging to Malumichampatti exchange have been under repair since April 21. In spite of many complaints the lines have not been restored till now. I frequently read in newspapers that many people are surrendering their lines and switching over to private connections. I feel that is the right choice.
Post Office counter
Whenever there is a queue of those who have come to pay BSNL bills, others who have to send a money order or a registered letter are denied access to the counter meant for the purpose. People who have to send a registered letter or a money order are asked to stand in the queue with those who have to pay BSNL bills. There should be exclusive counters for money order and registered post.
S. Sudharsana Doss,
There was no power for four hours on April 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in areas under Kalapatti sub-station. An official in the sub-station said power would be restored by 5 p.m. He also said a damaged pole was to be replaced in Balaji Nagar. Power was not restored till 5 p.m. Around 6 p.m. when I contacted the assistant executive engineer of Thanneer Pandal, he said power would be restored by 6.30 p.m. At last it was restored at 7 p.m. As a result, housewives, infants and aged persons suffered a lot.
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