TAMIL NADU

New ombudsman needed

Banking ombudsman, insurance ombudsman and electricity ombudsman are functioning at present to redress grievances of consumers .

Similarly, a separate ombudsman may be formed to redress the grievances of LPG, petrol and diesel consumers. The union government should consider this.

G. Dorairaj

Maraimalainagar

Bad road

The Chennai-Tirupati National Highway (NH-205) passing through Padi, Ambattur, Avadi and Tiruninravur is an important highway linking Chennai and Tirupati.

It is in bad condition, especially the stretch between Ambattur and Avadi which is full of potholes. It needs immediate patchwork and should also be widened.

S. Usha Nandini

Thirumullaivoyal

Lack of bus services

There are few bus services plying between Odyambakkam and Mambakkam Road. Several school and college students and patients are unable to reach their destination on time. IT professionals and daily wages labourers also suffer. In spite of writing several letters to the chairman of MTC, no action has been taken.

L. Kavitha Ravi

Odyambakkam

Mini buses needed

We read the news item in The Hindu dated January 26, which spoke about how autorickshaw drivers were behaving in a rude manner and charging a lot, even for short trips. Often, senior citizens and women suffer because of such persons.

Their agony can be brought to an end with the introduction of more mini buses. Authorities can also issue licence to more share autorickshaws to ply in the city.

D. Dasaratharaman

Choolaimedu

Preserve jail building

The decision to demolish the historic old Central Jail building cannot be accepted. The jail is part of history, and the number of eminent persons who had been detained in it gives it a greater historical significance. The Railways have taken the Moore Market already and are now looking at the jail building. Heritage enthusiasts should intervene and do something about this. Architects and engineers should come up with a plan to avoid the demolition of Madras History.

N. Hari Narayana

Triplicane

Paid toilet

There is an open toilet for public use near the Vadapalani vegetable market, opposite the post office. It is badly maintained and the stench that emanates from the place makes walking in the area a very unpleasant experience. There is one more toilet opposite the Ram Theatre, a paid facility, which is being maintained well. I request the authorities concerned to make the toilet near the market a paid facility too and maintain it well.

Erode T. Sounder

Vadapalani

Postal Department reply

With reference to the news item that appeared in The Hindu dated January 28, the following is furnished for the information of people.

Action is under way to supply Money Order forms in Tamil to post offices. Meanwhile, people are informed that eMO forms are available at the post offices and they could be used. The Department of Posts recently computerised Money Orders booking, transmission and payment procedures whereby eMO are electronically booked, transmitted and paid much faster than conventional Money Order instrument. Therefore, people are urged to resort to booking eMOs.

Postmaster General,

Chennai City Region Chennai

Rain relief

We, the residents of Jawahar Nagar, suffered a lot during the rains last November.

The Civic Exnora has met Revenue officials and also our MLA several times, but nothing has helped in getting us the assistance of Rs. 2,000 towards the loss we suffered during the rains.

It is sad to learn that residents of areas that were not affected by the rain received assistance.

We suffered during the previous rainy season as well and were hit once again last year. Most of the residents of this area are senior citizens. We request the authorities concerned to help us get the assistance.

Senior Citizen’s Circle

Jawahar Nagar

Bus frequency

I am a regular commuter on the MTC service from Tiruvottiyur to Mylapore, through route No.1, 1 A and 1 C boarding at Theradi .

I can see that there are not enough services of the above mentioned buses between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. towards Thiruvanmiyur.

On January 23, there was only one bus from 4 p.m. to 5.20 p.m. Commuters like me had to wait for a long time. Finally, bus route 1A Express came along at 5.20 p.m. But, it was a cut service up to Broadway.

If non-rush hour is cited as reason, I have to say that within an hour, other buses like 1 B for Tambaram (six in number) 1 G. for Velachery (three or four) 28 for Egmore station (five or six) with poor patronage went past us.

I request the authorities to regulate the services of 1, 1 A and 1 C, especially in the evening up to the original destination of Thiruvanmiyur.

R. Mahadevan,

Mylapore

Station Border Road

The Chromepet Station Border Road is a very important road for most of the residents of East Chromepet. Residents of Nehru Nagar, SBI Colony, MC Nagar, Hasthinapuram and Venkatraman Nagar who want to go to Chromepet Railway Station have to use this 10-foot lane called Station Border Road. This lane is in deplorable condition with pot holes everywhere.

Though Pallavapuram Municipality has taken over the road from the Railways for maintenance, it has not been relaid.

V. Santhanam,

Chromepet

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