Thursday , 22 November 2018
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Automated Parking Meters

Like other metropolitan cities in the country the state of Goa too is facing the problem of non-availability of parking space. With the number of vehicles increasing by leaps and bounds, the problem will only aggravate in the coming years if no solution is found. Some civic bodies in the state have introduced the concept of pay-parking. However this has not been able to solve the problem to any extent. Multiple layer parking complexes have also failed to address the problem. It would thus be in the fitness of things for the government to now introduce the concept of parking meters. A parking meter is a device used to collect money in exchange for the right to park a vehicle in a particular place for a limited period of time. Parking meters can be used by municipalities as a tool for enforcing their integrated on-street parking policy. Automated parking meters could a pilot project in the capital city of Panaji. If found successful, the concept could then be tried in other towns as well. Parking meters are used to maintain parking availability in high demand areas and are used in most of the cities in the world. All parking meters in San Francisco accept payment by coin, pay-by-phone and credit cards. Dropping a coin, entering your vehicle number and taking the receipt from the easy-to-use automated parking meters can bring more discipline in parking. Incidentally some cities in India have also introduced the concept of automated parking meters.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO

 

Terrorists Must Be Eliminated In Jammu and Kashmir

BJP’s inconsistency in dealing with internal and external policies has harmed the nation badly. The BJP and the PDP alliance did not last long.  The politics of religion, and the hate campaigns by separatists and militants, assumed disturbing proportions during the announcement of ceasefire during Ramzan by the centre backfired. Allowing the militants to capitalise on it during the window period and at the end of it were flawed strategies by the BJP. Now that Jammu and Kashmir is under governor’s rule, the Union government should go for the kill!  The Army should go all out and escalate its operation and eliminate all terrorists in the valley.

DIOMEDES PEREIRA, CORLIM

 

Give Us This Day Our Safe Fish

Nothing in Goa in recent times has shaken the common man so terribly as the report of the FDA on the presence of formaldehyde or formalin in the fish, the staple food of the Goans, based on the tests conducted by them on the random samples. Since the last few years we have been flooded with revelations that something or the other that we consume is contaminated which can cause harm to our body in the long run but nothing could be more tormenting to the people along the coastal belt than to give up eating fish. What has taken us by surprise is the conflicting disclosures made through the reports since the last couple of days. It was told that the sample of fish imported from the neighbouring states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, AP, Odisha and Karnataka contained traces of formalin but it was within permissible limits. That would have given us a sigh of relief but a senior medical expert has clarified that formalin should never be used as preservative for it is toxic and can even kill a person irrespective of whether it is within permissible limits or not and that long term usage can damage the vital body organs and even cause deadly cancer. But immediately thereafter it is informed that the tests conducted by FDA are flawed as the department did not follow the standard operating procedure and that the department is also not fully equipped to carry out the tests as per the norms. The dubious role of politicians in this mess is also a matter of concern. It is said that kits to detect the presence of formalin at affordable prices would soon be made available even for domestic use. However only after purchasing the fish the test would be conducted at home. Would it be possible to return the fish on the test being shown positive and will the fish sellers be prepared to take back the consignment?

The solution isn’t practical for the commoner. The matter needs to be thoroughly looked into to ascertain the facts and remedies. Despite guidelines being issued at both national and international levels that no artificial preservatives should be used in fish other than ice such practices are still in force. As suggested by Luizinho Faleiro it would be appropriate to set up a judicial commission to go into the aspect of slow food poisoning not only in fish but other items like fruits, vegetables, meat etc to safeguard human lives.

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES

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