How tragic and unfortunate it is to read regarding loss of
precious lives of innocent passengers in the recurring road
accidents. Every reader however strong hearted he may be, is
constrained to strain his nerve to find out the ways and means
to stop this menance after having brought sadness in him for the
loss already occurred.
The following points, however, can prove helpful in lessening
the chances of further accidents :-
*The old out dated vehicles need to be replaced by new models
with comforts for passengers. These vehicles need to be got
* Roads which require repairs and maintenance or widening for
the smooth plying of traffic may be paid first and foremost
attention by the concerned authorities.
* Overloading and violation of traffic rules be treated a crime
against humanity punishable under law.
* Night driving needs to be stopped as far as possible.
* Drivers who are addicted to drinking may not be allowed to
drive vehicles at all.
* While issuing driving licence to drivers it may be fully
ensured that they have suffice and practice in the field for
handling vehicles confidently. The passing officers should be
men of calibre with a spirit of human feelings and dedication in
* Traffic police is required to be made more vigilant and duty
conscious. Those showing good performance need to be encouraged.
* A panel of high ups with transporter, driver and conductors be
constituted to find out cause of accidents and suggestion to
check them further.Yours
S C Gupta
Rtd ZEO Udhampu
Nuclear power boon or
This has reference to the write up on nuclear energy by Tavleen
Singh DE 22.04.11. The writer has been impressively emphatic in
her views advocating for the long term beneficial uses of
nuclear energy for generating electricity while comparing it
with conventional energy produced predominantly and adopted in
India or elsewhere in the world.
While as no sane person can forget the miseries, the trauma and
the economic losses borne by the people as a result of radiation
exposure in eastern coastal cities of Japan which has
pressurized the governments of the world including India to
abandon the nuclear power plants, triggering a debate among the
nations whether to adopt nuclear energy industry any further or
continue with the thermal power generation or any other non
conventional sources. Yet a million dollar question arises as to
how our country is going to bridge the yawning gap between the
demand and the generation of electricity from all the sources
including hydel energy. India has touched a figure of nearly 120
Billion population wise and again nearly forty percent of figure
sans access to electricity particularly in rural and remote
areas. We as a power starved nation needs it for development and
reconstruction which has forced the Govt to look for by and
large clean energy and signing of Indo-Nuclear civil deal forms
a milestone in this endeavour for making India self sufficient
in electricity. Experts have been forewarning about the
exhaustion of coal deposits in near future as the reserves are
fast depleting and mining activity of this resources is at
variance with the protection of the environment laws as it
invariably requires clearance of core forest resource located in
the interior and economically backward tribal belts of central
and eastern India inviting protests and legal interventions.
Already various ministries in the Government are at loggerheads
and in certain cases the projects are being delayed for want of
The justification in favour and against nuclear power generation
stations advanced by the experts needs to be investigated
properly on its merits and demerits and comparing it with toxic
air pollution emanating from thermal power units and the
thinning water levels in the hydel dams.
7/1, Anand Nagar