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Atal Setu Will Ease Traffic

According to the latest survey reports, more than 80,000 new vehicles are being added every year to the staggering numbers already in existence on Goa roads, taking the total number to around 14 lakh vehicles, which is almost equal to the population of this tiny state. The inevitable result of this monumental rise in numbers in recent years has spelt disaster for the state resulting in endless traffic jams every day which have made life miserable for motorists. In this bleak scenario, the opening of the new cable-stayed ‘Atal Setu’ over the  River Mandovi will undoubtedly come as a boon to the people of Goa by hopefully relieving the traffic congestion and the bottlenecks encountered on the Porvorim-Panaji stretch. The credit for this goes to none other than Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had the vision and willpower to go ahead with the project despite stiff opposition from several quarters.

A F NAZARETH, Alto Porvorim

Gandhi As An Inspiration For Youth

This refers to the article ‘Gandhi’s ideals more relevant today’ (NT, January 30). Gandhiji has become a role model and an inspirational leader for the youth now. Other great leaders like Nelson Mandela, James Lawson also admired Gandhi’s theory of non-violence for freedom and liberty. The Gandhian technique of mobilising people has been successfully employed by many oppressed societies around the world under the leadership of people like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and many others. Barack Obama sees Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration and had a portrait of the apostle of peace in his office.  Though Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas and principles are appraised and accepted by many, they are not free from criticism. The teachings of Gandhiji are true to the soul and the morality of honesty is to be preached throughout. Whether the teachings are used in present day or not, does not imply that his teachings are irrelevant. Gandhism is a way of living with simplicity and non-violence.

VINOD DIXIT, Ahmedabad

Maintain Chandor’s Streetlight Poles

It is noticed that in the village of Chandor, streetlight poles near the Alma khuris, along the main road next to the paddy fields are standing in a weak position and there is possibility of these poles falling down anytime. In the event these poles come crashing down, they can cause serious injuries to individuals and people could even lose their lives while using the road beside which they are installed. During monsoon, the paddy fields get flooded and these streetlight poles, standing near the fields, get weakened with the mud surrounding them getting washed away. Keeping in mind, the safety of people using the road, I request the electricity department, Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, MLA Clafasio Dias and the Chandor-Cavorim village panchayat office to relocate these streetlight poles or reinstall them in a proper way as soon as possible so as to avoid any accident.

RONNIE D’SOUZA, Chandor

 

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