Today's letters


Power cuts in monsoon?

Sir, It is beyond common man, to understand the reasons for power cuts during monsoon season, when the power consumption by farmers and  also by the domestic consumers is minimum. Probably our State govt. has miserably failed in the production and management of power generation and distribution. The State govt. should initiate immediate actions to streamline the power generation and distribution, instead of sponsoring a 'Monsoon Magic', owing to their mis-management in the power sector.

K Chandrahas
K R S Road, Mysore
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Excluding CM, Ministers from Lokayukta purview
The very fact that our honorable (a point to be debated) chief minister has excluded himself, his ministers, MLA's and MPs from Lokayukta purview is a DIRECT admission on his part of the rampant corruption that prevails in his office and his cabinet and all the politicians who surround him. His ministers--no need to name them-- (as our governor put it very succintly recently) are LOOTING the state by means of illegal mining and corruption.

If our CM thinks he is honest, then why is he hesitating to give full powers to the Lokayukta?  The CM has slapped on the face of justice and has directly insulted the office of the Lokayukta and the intelligence of the people of Karnataka.By this latest action our CM and his associates have lost even the little respect the people of Karnataka had for them. People of the state should take notice of this and be careful about who they will vote for in the future elections.

Srinivasa
Malleswaram, Bangalore

There would be little or no oil in the near future, then why road widening ?
The BBMP has undertaken the task of widening the roads in Bangalore.  The reason given is to accommodate the increase in traffic in the next few years.  But in reality the traffic in the next few years will DECREASE – not increase. Surprising it may sound, the fact is, in another few years the availability of OIL will be greatly reduced, because, the known reserves of oil all over the world is expected to last only another 10 or 15 years.  After that period there will be very little or NO oil at all in the whole world.  When there would be little or no oil, how will the cars, scooters and other oil dependent vehicles run on the Bangalore roads?  In the next few years, petrol will become prohibitively expensive (because of the scarcity) and the number of automobiles on the Bangalore roads will be reduced by at least fifty per cent; and the same trend will continue year after year.

In view of these facts, BBMP should rethink on road widening (and demolishing thousands of properties) in Bangalore.  Road widening is definitely not required for the future.

K.Mohan
J.P.Nagar First Phase
Bangalore
– 560078

Ganga Too Sadaa Mailee’
This refers to the news item ‘Govt ropes in IITs to clean up Ganga’ (DH July 7).  Before embarking on another futile exercise of cleansing Ganga at enormous costs, Government should seriously contemplate whether their previous attempts have been successful and whether there are other methods to improve the quality of bacteria loaded waters of Ganga. 

Ganga runs its course of over 2500 kms from Gangotri in the Himalayas to Ganga Sagar in the Bay of Bengal through 29 cities with population over 1,00,000 (‘class-I cities’), 23 cities with population between 50,000 and 1,00,000 (‘class-II cities’), and about 48 towns. It is a river with which the people of India are attached spiritually and emotionally. Department of Environment, in December 1984, prepared an action plan for immediate reduction of pollution load on the river Ganga. The Cabinet approved the GAP (Ganga Action Plan) in April 1985 as a 100 per cent centrally sponsored scheme. More than Rs.2000 plus crores have gone down the Ganga’s hameshaa mailee waters without cleansing the bacterial contents and most unhygienic waters of Ganga; they have not been able to bring the water to bathing level. Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) periodical Audit Reports have been reviewing the contents, variables, deliverables and have questioned the credibility of such a futile exercise in achieving even a semblance of improvement in the quality of waters of Ganga – complete report at http://www.cag.gov.in/reports/scientific/2000_book2/index.htm.

So long as people continue to follow their religious/cult blind beliefs and keep throwing dead bodies of their near and dear ones as also various animals’ carcases in the hope that they will attain swarga, Ganga’s water will continue to be hameshaa mailee. When high level technical experts have not been able to cleanse Ganga during the past twenty five years, how the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) will solve this age old problem by spending huge public money (Rs.15 crores just for preparation of a Management Plan plus budget of Rs.1400 crores) with more money being promised as and when IITns make their plan. It will be better for the Government to go back to basics, educate the people at grassroots level and make them understand that they are polluting the holy waters of Ganga with their deadly combination of beliefs and unhygienic practices.

Vasanthkumar Mysoremath,  
Mysore 

 

 

 

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