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Monday, 9 November 2020

Non-functional traffic lights

THE traffic lights installed at Shaheed Major Sandeep Sagar Chowk (roundabout of Sectors 7/18/8/17) in Panchkula have remained non-functional for the past few years. The indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned often results in a worrisome scenario. One wonders as to why the public money was spent on the installation of these traffic signals if these were not to be used? Those responsible for this should be taken to task. —SK Gupta, Panchkula

Ban on sale, use of firecrackers a good step

BAN on sale and use of firecrackers of any kind in the city by the UT administration is a welcome move. With a host of festivities, including Diwali, Kali Puja and Chhat Puja, around the corner, a number of states such as Karnataka, Delhi, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha and Rajasthan have already imposed the ban and Haryana is also joining the fray. It is also one of the ways to prevent the second wave of Covid-19 infections and also to check the worsening air quality index. —Gopal Mittal, Panchkula

Electricity wires pose a threat to commuters

PERILOUSLY suspended electricity cables, hanging just few feet over House Numbers 27 to 31 in Sector 12 Part 2 have put the lives of residents in danger. The concerned department must take a note of this and get the needful done immediately before these result into a mishap. The matter must not be ignored and safety of residents should be ensured. —GC Arora, Karnal

Effective implementation of policies must be ensured

THE government had started old-age pension scheme old age samman allowance to help senior citizens but it is not serving the purpose at ground level. A senior citizen is toing and froing since April to get it started but to no avail. At first, he applied for it through an Atal Seva Kendra in April but the case was rejected due to some discrepancy. Later, when he reapplied after correcting the discrepancy, it got stuck as 'Parivar Pehchaan Patra' was made mandatory with it, which could not be made because of some technical glitch. Finally, when that too was made, the 'untrained owner' of the kendra uploaded it wrongly and now there is no option for either correcting it or cancelling the wrong application. There are many such cases hanging fire due to similar situations and several elderly are facing problem due to these problem. The concerned authorities must look into the issues and get them resolved to ease the elderly people. The state government too should ensure effective implementation of policies. Ravinder Kwatra, shahabad markanda

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