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Prejudiced circumstances

While I am definitely not against the judgment on the Talwar couple in the Aarushi muder case, an interesting question arises here. With no conclusive evidence in the case, circumstantial evidence has been rightly considered to be enough. However, there are tonnes of cases against high-profile people, where there is conclusive evidence available, yet there is no conviction. What prejudice!

Karan Gupta, via email

Learn from Gujarat

Apropos the editorial “More Power for Punjab” (November 27), I agree that projecting Narendra Modi could be the political necessity of the Badals, but there is no harm in learning from Gujarat on how to make round-the-clock power a reality in Punjab.

The populist policy of free power supply has financially ruined Punjab and its power utilities. The ruling alliance should be complimented for setting up a thermal power plant through private companies in Talwandi Sabo and for another coming up in Rajpura, a lot is still needed to be done to stop the flight of industry from the state.

Punjab’s prosperity, apart from the Green Revolution, owes much to its micro, small and medium enterprises sector (MSMEs).

This sector needs to be handled on a par with the agriculture sector. Regular power supply at competitive rates should be ensured, VAT refund process should be quick and transparent, departmental clearances should be given in a fixed time by introducing the single-window system, pollution control devices should be provided through easy loans and on subsidy, and industrial organisations should be consulted before levying any new tax.

Also, the condition of the roads should be improved.


Taxed, but no road

There is no work on flyovers and six-lane roads from Panipat to Jalandhar for the last about two years. But toll is being collected. Who will check this corruption?

KK CHAWLA, Kurukshetra

Akalis ignore Patiala

Whenever the Akali government comes to power in Punjab, bad luck of Patiala city starts. The city is ignored on all fronts as Patiala is the hometown of Capt Amarinder Singh. The Akalis have failed to understand they are losing the Patiala urban seat every time not due to the Captain factor, but due to non-development. For more than seven years, no development work has been taken up in Patiala. Almost all roads in the city are deathtraps and crying for repair. Sewerage choking/overflowing is a routine problem all over the city. Garbage disposal is poor. Traffic control is in a mess. Both sides of the road beneath the flyover near the bus stand are occupied by private buses and the Mall Road is occupied by three-wheelers which are serious bottlenecks in the flow of traffic. The Municipal Corporation has failed to make the city free of encroachments.

The pollution department does not seem to check three-wheelers emitting thick layers of black smoke. The health department seems to have given a free hand for the sale of unhygienic meat and other eatables. There is a need to address this issue, otherwise Patiala known as the City of Gardens will become a ‘city of garbage’.

Dr Raj Kumar, Patiala

Towering hazard

Hundreds of mobile towers have mushroomed atop residential buildings in Patiala. Following an inquiry under the RTI, the Municipal Corporation could provide a list of only 111 such towers and it admitted to the Chief Information Commissioner that it did not have any policy on the installation of mobile towers in the city even though approval is being given to the tele-communication companies by charging a fixed fee.

All such towers permitted by the corporation violate the policy laid down by the Ministry of Telecommunications. Even PUDA has issued sketchy instructions that no mobile towers can be installed in the residential area. Who will take responsibility of self-created health hazards?


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