With reference to the report House collapse stalls assembly (April 3), modifications and alterations to DDA flats are being made in a haphazard manner. One can see protruding balconies, doors carved out of original walls and the occupation of common space by ground-floor residents. But what prevents authorities from taking action against those who are flouting building norms and altering the flats, damaging the structural balance of the buildings and putting the lives of other occupants in jeopardy? Do we have to depend on the courts to enforce this like the sealing drive, before many more lives are lost?
Apropos of the report City jams (April 3), traffic jams are a nuisance to everyone in the capital mainly due to mismanagement by the traffic police. Instead of managing traffic jams around crossings, traffic cops can be found at isolated spots catching trucks, buses and other vehicles for minor offences. Traffic jam will decrease if vehicles move forward in proper lanes during peak hours. Higher traffic lights with proper turning signs should be visible to help drivers, including those at the far end, to reduce pollution as well as traffic jams.
No big deal
With reference to the report Rs 1,400 crore down stinking drain (April 2), the dirt in the Yamuna is as deep as corruption in Indian politics. But planners suggest such development models to protect the interests of the corrupt in the system. Cleaning the Yamuna is not a big challenge, but you need honest planners. Like Gandhiji said, “As the means, so the end.”
Not the right spirit
This refers to the editorial The spirit is willing (April 2). Both air and rail passengers in India want better service and safety, and serving alcohol — mild or otherwise — goes against this. Airlines and railways should concentrate on safety and service to the passengers, instead of getting influenced by the liquor lobby.