Travelling along the roads of Pudukottai is a test of one’s physical endurance. The so called roads are in a miserable condition and the monsoon has added to the misery. Only action on a war footing by the authorities can save the travelling public.

T. V. Sree Kumar


Save water bodies

‘Neyveli Kattamani’ (In Tamil) is a dangerous weed that breeds in all water resources like ponds and river beds. It largely reduces the capacity of the reservoirs, causes breaches and floods during the monsoon. Government and the local bodies should initiate immediate steps to eradicate the killer plant.



Charges for delivery

Apropos the Reader’s Mail in The Hindu dated December 15, under the heading ‘exploitation’ of Mr. Eden Alexander of Thanjavur-7, I differ with his notion. The logic or arithmetic of the agents who deliver ‘aavin’ milk packets door-to-door is very simple. It is 50 paise per packet of milk. If a consumer gets one milk packet in the morning and one in the evening the charge is one rupee per day which comes to thirty rupees per month. Even if he gets both the packets in the morning, then also it is thirty rupees per month at the rate of one rupee per day. A decade ago, the rate was 0.25 paise, then increased to 0.30 paise a few years ago and now it is 0.50 paise per milk packet; irrespective of the time of delivery, morning or evening. Incidentally it may not be out of place to mention here that in cities like Chennai, the aavin milk is delivered only in the morning and evening supply is stopped long ago.

K. Balasubramanian,

Thanjavur – 9.

Better administration

The attendance of Government School Teachers is being confirmed, through SMS, to the Dharmapuri District Collector, P. Amudha, by the respective Headmasters as per the news stories that appeared in various dailies. She inspects the toilets in Government Schools and if found unclean issues necessary suspension orders to the concerned. She has also started issuing strict action against the teachers who are not punctual to work.

All the District Collectors should emulate the same action all over the state. They should also require the Medical Superintendents of Government Hospitals to send SMS to the District Collectors concerned about the punctual attendance of doctors and other staff, whether toilets are neatly maintained and protected supply of drinking water is ensured by the local bodies concerned and if the Electricity Board ensures uninterrupted power supply.

If all the firka and taluk administration functioned well under the stewardship of the respective collectors then there is no need for the CM’s grievances cell.

Will the Government do the needful?

R. S. Moorthy,


Strict enforcement

Though orders have been issued by the Municipal Commissioner and the Chief Minister’s office in Chennai, banning entry of two-wheelers and vehicles inside the bus stand in Kumbakonam, all two-wheelers and four-wheelers are found loitering inside causing panic among the waiting bus passengers. It is only due to the slackness and carelessness of the outpost police personnel, this state of affairs continues. I request the police to be strict in enforcing the law.

K. Santhanam,


Entry restricted

The devotees are baffled at the sudden increase in the cost of darshan ticket from “Santhanu Manadapam to Paramapadavasal and Muthangi” to a mind boggling Rs. 2000/= per head this year. Many of the devotees of Lord Ranganatha are poor and low/middle income group people. The HR&CE authorities, by increasing the cost have prevented the entry of such people along with Namperumal through Paramapadavasal.

N. Rangarajan