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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Rainwater harvesting mostly on paper

DESPITE repeated directives of the state government to install rainwater harvesting systems mandatorily at large government, commercial, and institutional buildings to recharge depleting water table, there is hardly any implementation at ground level. Most of the large buildings in Kaithal district are without the system or the installed systems remain non-functional mocking the government directives. During a visit to the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) building on Pehowa Chowk in Kaithal, the channels meant to carry rainwater to filtration chamber were found choked. The government should make serious efforts and order periodical inspection of the harvesting systems to get the desired results. — Satish Seth, Kaithal

Pothole-riddled road irks commuters

THE state of roads near Sector 69 and Sector 53, 54 crossing is very poor. The pothole-ridden roads cause great inconvenience to commuters, especially after a spell of rain. It becomes difficult for commuters to ply vehicles on the roads, which can result into serious mishaps. The concerned authorities must look into the issue as many people suffer due to this problem. — Subhash C Taneja, Gurugram

Respect Covid warriors

THE Health Department staff is fighting from the frontline to prevent the people from the global pandemic, but they are not given the due respect that they deserve. Several such incidents had been reported from various regions, where people misbehave with the teams and harm them. These Covid warriors have been humiliated several times but they never stepped back from delivering their services. In a recent such incident, a team of the Health Department went to put up a Covid-related poster outside the house of a police officer, but was roughed up by the officer and his wife. People should act responsibly and co-operate with the department teams. — Baljeet Singh, Hisar

People must follow preventive norms

SOCIAL-DISTANCING norms are thrown to the winds at various places, especially chemist shops, where chances of contacting Covid increase manifold. Senior citizens should particularly avoid going out amid the ongoing surge of cases these days. Though patients having symptoms such as fever and sore throat should home quarantine, they come out in public without thinking about the grave consequences of this act. People should consider it a social responsibility to isolate themselves if they have any such symptoms. The official figures are just a fraction of the actual number of patients and we must not flout the preventive norms. — Ramit Bagga, Panchkula

Development projects hang fire

DUE to lapse on the part of the then local administration, the four-laning of the Zirakpur-Kalka highway has continued to bother residents of Sector 20 and nearby areas for years. The extension - by the NHAI - of the Sector 20 overbridge with an additional bay to directly connect the road from the Manimajra side with the road dividing Sectors 20-21, where the ring road from Kharar terminates, is hanging fire for years. The authorities must wake up from the slumber and expedite the work. — Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

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