Killa Court needs copy machine

In Killa Court (Esplanade), near CST, if one wants true copies of the documents, one has to pay extra, as there is no copier in the court.  If copies are required, the court boy takes the papers to the campus and people have to pay for this facility. The charges are Rs 4 for ordinary and Rs 7 per page for urgent services, whereas at the High Court and Bombay City Civil & Sessions Court they charge only Rs 4 and Rs 7 as they have their own copiers.

Will the chief metropolitan magistrate explore the possibility of installing at least one copier in the court?

                — Vijay Thilakan,


Fire prevention measures come first

The news ‘Fire-fighting equipment was dysfunctional in bldg’ is an urgent wake-up call to the executive committees of buildings, to ensure that the fire-fighting equipment is functional in their buildings. Why was the equipment not functioning and how did the fire start, these are questions for investigators, but as the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ Lives lost to fire can never be brought back.

— Theresa Lobo,


Resurfacing done, speed-breakers forgotten

The working of the Bombay Municipal Corporation is indeed strange. While the roads department carried out the work of resurfacing the Hindu Friends Society Road, Jogeshwari (E) on one side of the main road, they have forgotten to restore the speedbreakers at the various locations, that existed prior to the resurfacing. The concretised road sans speed-breakers and sign boards has only encouraged speedsters, the two-wheelers in particular. It is on record with the local police station, as also the traffic department, that after numerous accidents on the said road in the past, speed-breakers and signs were put up. How can the service providers be so lax as to forget about the speed-breakers after resurfacing was complete?

— Kedarnath Rajah Aiyar,


Tiled path to Nahur overbridge in disrepair

In Nahur(W),after getting down from the road overbridge, there is a tiled pathway leading to the railway overbridge, which then leads to the platforms. At present, this pathway is in a pathetic condition, with missing and broken tiles. When the rains set in, commuters going to the station will be greatly inconvenienced. The path will also become a breeding place for mosquitoes. It is high time this was fixed by the authorities.

— S Ravichandran, Airoli,

Navi Mumbai.

Vehicular pollution choking us to death

Mumbai ’s air pollution situation is cause for alarm, according to the latest environment status report. Widespread construction activity and increasing vehicular traffic has contributed to the increase in particulate matter in the air. Noise pollution levels are off the charts. Respiratory ailments are on the rise. Asthma is a common affliction. Vehicles constitute 42 per cent of the total traffic in Mumbai and are responsible for high carbon dioxide levels in the city. Not factories, but vehicles are major contributors to the haze and poison in the air.

Authorities should take immediate steps to control pollution on city roads, it is seriously affecting the health of citizens.

— Probir Kumar Bose,

New Panvel.

Govt schools fail to make the grade

Apropos ‘Lack of schools: Distressed parents forced to wander’ (July 3).The objective of the RTE Act is to universalise primary education and strengthen the social fabric of our democracy.  It is mandatory to ensure equal opportunities of education without discrimination for all children in the 6-14 year age group. Under Section 6 of the RTE Act, it is the duty of the local authorities to establish neighbourhood schools and provide school buildings, teaching staff and learning equipment. If children are not admitted into schools, it is the failure of the state government. If government-run schools, including zilla parishad and municipal schools, are properly equipped with infrastructure and  provided qualified teaching staff, poor children will not look to private schools for admission.  It is only when these schools fail to ensure quality education that their parents seek to admit them in private schools, which otherwise they cannot afford.  Instead of the state government reimbursing the fees of these children in private, unaided schools under the quota system, it should allot more funds to primary education.

The children of weaker sections in Mumbai avoid going to the BMC schools for want of basic sanitary facilities and good teaching.  A lot of public money is spent on the government schools. And yet due to corruption and lack of effective supervision and control mechanisms, these schools cannot serve the cause of the disadvantaged.

G Ramachandram, Professor of Political Science and retired Principal, Kandivali Education Society’s College, Mumbai, Founder Secretary, Association of Indian College Principals.

IRCTC online booking blues

I have had my doubts for long with respect to the IRCTC online ticket booking. Glad to know that Vinod Tawde, BJP leader has taken up the common man’s woes and brought to light this scam.  Many of us have been suffering for months. When we book tickets, we always get a huge waitlist in spite of being the first ones to book.

Those travelling to their native places for Ganesh are facing a shortage of tickets now.  Next, it will be the turn of Dassehra, Diwali and Christmas travellers.   Hope the Railway Minister looks into this scam and sorts it out at the earliest.

                — Gracy Abreo,


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