The Railway budget will be presented in Parliament next month and we request the authorities to consider our request.
Chennai Egmore to Kakinada Port express train should be extended to Puducherry for the benefit of residents of Yanam.
If there is any difficulty in doing this, a halt may be provided for the Puducherry-Howrah weekly train at Samalkot, which is the nearest rail head to Yanam and the service should be made tri-weekly, if possible.
Halt should also be provided for the Puducherry – Chennai Egmore express at Guindy and Mambalam.
Thanthai Periyar Nagar.
New services needed
I request the Union Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy, to recommend introduction of train services to Hyderabad and Mumbai from Puducherry. I also request the authorities concerned to introduce a service to Tiruvannamalai on full moon days.
The service existed before gauge conversion.
I also request the authorities to introduce a daily train service to Coimbatore and Bangalore via Tiruvannamalai–Katpadi.
We decided to settle down in Puducherry 15 years ago when it was a quiet place and yet offered the advantages of a metropolitan life. It still remains so, except for the chaos on the roads. Commuting has become a risky proposition with two-wheelers zooming across with gay abandon. The aggressive manner in which autorickshaws are driven leaves one speechless. On weekends, if one happens to be driving a four-wheeler, there is an additional risk of coming across drunk pedestrians.
We have all but forgotten the privilege of finding parking place on J.N. Street and except for the beach front, there is no place available for pedestrians to move about safely.
It is high time the government took bold initiatives towards addressing the traffic issue and penalise errant drivers. The creation of an outer ring road from near PIMS to Thavalakuppam on ECR, introduction of battery-operated public transport within the boulevard, expediting the multi-level parking project on the old jail premises and ensuring strict removal of excroachment on streets are some of the steps that can be taken.
Inculcate good values
I am writing this after reading a recent news report on a student stabbing his teacher to death. More children take to crime owing to pampering by parents. Nowadays, we hear many tragic stories of students attacking teachers and students being involved in theft and many juveniles getting arrested.
Such children are ruining their lives and destroying their future. Children don't know how to control their anger, but parents should spend at least an hour or two with their children and inculcate good values in them.
R. Sukanthan (school student)
Danger on the road
It is a pity that no action has been taken to repair College Road in Lawspet. For commuters, there is hardly any space to move. Sometimes, buses coming at breakneck speed hit people walking on edge of the street. A decision was taken at the Traffic Office (North) to prevent movement of heavy vehicles on the road to avoid accidents. However, buses continue to ply on the road.
My suggestion is that only two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws be allowed on this road and buses and trucks diverted to Pakkumadayan Road.
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