Hygiene in hotels

In most of the restaurants in the city, proper attention is not given to the matter of hygiene. The cooks, suppliers and other staff should be provided with neat aprons, hand gloves, wash towels etc. The dining tables should be kept clean and free from swarming flies. Plates, tumblers, spoons etc., must be washed in hot water and pure drinking water should be supplied to customers. Above all, the employees should be medically checked at least once in six months. The health authorities concerned should periodically inspect the eateries to ensure the owners comply with the basic norms stated above in public interest.

K. R. Rajendran,


The sand deposit on the edge of the Alagarkoil Road from K. Pudur to Surveyor Colony is so heavy two-wheelers and pedestrians find it difficult to pass this stretch. Hence I request the corporation authorities to remove the sand deposit immediately.

M. Sundararajan,

Surveyor Colony.

Expand Railway hospitals ambit

There is a wide gap between demand and supply with regard to medical care delivery system in our country with miles to go to achieve the vision of “Health for All”. When it comes to the question of availability and affordability, the emerging picture is quite dismal . Some of the eminent medical professionals themselves have admitted to the “noble profession” having been converted into a money spinning “industry”. In this context, it would appear the Railway hospitals, with its large network could come to the rescue of the poor and middle class grounds at an affordable cost. The railway hospitals and dispensaries should be so expanded as to meet the situation, with the remarkable augmentation of its existing infrastructure. The Railway Ministry and the Ministry of Health & Welfare should co-ordinate and throw open the Railway hospitals to the public to provide health care at reasonable costs.

K. Muthiah,

Railar Nagar.

Unused canal

The canal between Reserve Line and Visalakshipuram, behind Ramakrishna Mutt once used to bring Vaigai water to paddy fields now serves no purpose as cultivated fields have turned into residential colonies. Recently concrete walls were constructed and it prevents the drainage water from being sucked up in the soil. This only facilitates in breeding mosquitoes . As the canal is of no use the government can close the same or break the concrete flooring to help the stagnant water dry up.

V. Jeyaram,

Reserve Line.

Power cut woes

Though we have crossed 64 years of Independence unscheduled power cuts seem to be the bane of our existence. The hardship is felt more by students who are getting ready to face the board exams. There is a slump in the productivity of various industries. The government should stop the distribution of freebies and pay attention towards fulfilling the basic needs of the common people.

G. Chittibabu,

Velmurugan Nagar.

Crossing the zebra line

At Tamukkam and Kaalavasal signals, the vehicles are stopped after they have crossed the zebra line. This creates problems for those crossing the road. A traffic constable must be appointed in these areas to regulate the traffic. Offenders should be fined or given punishment for breaking traffic rules.

S. Nazrin Salma,

A. Kosakulam,

Dangerous junction

The junction, at the Palam Station Road, Sellur, has become a danger zone with a number of accidents taking place. The three roads, one from Fatima College to Goripalayam over the flyover, the second road along the river Vaigai from Goripalayam towards Fatima College, and the third one the Palam Station Road from Goripalayam to Fatima College meets at this junction. The rountanna built at the foot of the bridge sees a number of LIC clients and staff who throng the Divisional Office, at Sellur. It is hoped that the district administration arranges to post a police for ensuring safety here.

C. Chandrasekaran,


Cover open wells

It was heart-rending to read the news of a van that fell into an open well that occurred at Nakkalakottai ( near Tirumangalam ) claiming 10 innocent lives ( 09 - 02-2012 of The Hindu ) . It was disturbing to note that there was no parapet wall around it . There are more than two dozen open wells along the four lane National Highway from Chennai to Kanyakumari thus posing a great threat to road users. What is perplexing are the deep pits dug by private marble manufacturer along the N.H. also have no parapet wall including the one at Kallumadam near Aruppukottai.

I request the National Highway Authority of India along with the state government to take effective steps to close such open wells. Also the private marble manufacturers should be strictly ordered by the government to mine stones at least 50 metres away from National Highways.

Apart from offering compensation to the next of the kin of the deceased, the government should study the possibilities of offering compensation to farmers so that these wells are shifted to other spots.

K. Somasundaram,


Facelift for Teppakulam

Madurai's Marina - can be an apt sobriquet for Mariamman Teppakulam. More people throng here in evening times for relaxation. However, dilapidated footways and foul smell from the surroundings areas, which is used as open toilet, make the experience a nauseating one. Also poor illumination encourages illegal activities to take place in this sacred place. Hence good lighting facilities with proper monitoring system is essential.


New Pankajam Colony.

Irregular water supply

We the residents of Ganapathy Street, Alagappan Nagar, are not getting drinking water regularly. We took up the matter with the corporation officials. They dug the junction points in several places several times. Even after that, the supply is not regular. Now the TNEB enforces load shedding between 9 a.m. and 12 noon in the area. During this time, we get copious supply of water. It is quite clear that because of illicit pumping in several houses, the supply of water is irregular. We request the corporation officials to take severe action and disconnect these motors and levy fine.

P. Ramakrishnan,

Alagappan Nagar.