Vox Populi

This is in reference to the news item Design defect in Zirakpur flyover makes roads beneath accident prone.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: June 28, 2010 3:29 am

Eight-lane road better than Zirakpur flyover
This is in reference to the news item Design defect in Zirakpur flyover makes roads beneath accident prone,(Chandigarh Newsline,June 22). If we go deeply into the subject,it can be safely inferred that if the land was used to construct an eight-lane road instead of a flyover and two parallel roads on sides,it could have saved crores,apart from providing smooth flow of traffic.

B S Cheema,Chief Engineer (Retd),Mohali

GMADA loan scheme gets a thumbs up
This is in reference to the report Aerocity: Banks lower interest rates on loans (CNL,June 26). The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has offered 4,000 freehold residential plots in Aerocity,Mohali. The GMADA has authorised nearly 15 banks for the sale and collection of application forms. The banks have offered 100 per cent loan facility to applicants and have even lowered their interest rates. The interest rate is eight to 7.5 per cent but Oriental Bank of Commerce has come up with a rate of 7.40 per cent. The banks are also offering loans without processing fee. A large number of people have shown a positive response for this scheme. According to reports,more than two lakh forms have been sold by the GMADA.

M L Garg,Chandigarh

Who gave priests right to solemnise marriages?
High Court questions eligibility of priests solemnising marriages at Arya Samaj temples (Chandigarh Newsline,June 24) was an interesting piece of information. Justice Hemant Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has rightly thrown open a debate on the legality of the temple priests solemnising marriages of runaway couples. These institutions,in the name of religion,have certainly become commercial establishments. It is really strange that there are no rules or laws governing the qualification of temple priests who indulge in the “illegal” practice of solemnising marriages of such couples without even a single witness. Certainly,such marriages cannot be taken as authentic. It was really a comedy scene,when a priest was asked by Justice Gupta to recite the shaadi mantras,and he started reciting something else. This proves that these so-called priests are only frauds. The priest questioned by the judge in one such case had no certificate to defend himself in the court. Justice Hemant Gupta has rightly told the UT Administration to “check the veracity” of these priests. The Arya Samaj and the Vedic Welfare Society managements should act upon the advice of the High Court and engage qualified and certified priests for the purpose of solemnising marriages. The identity proof of couples seeking such “temple marriages” should also be obtained.

R K KAPOOR,Chandigarh

No use of more greenbelts,maintain the existing ones
There are a large number of greenbelts in Chandigarh. In essence,these belts remain green only till the dignitaries inaugurate them. In the southern sectors,one can easily see the non-functional streetlights,wild grass,broken gates and grills. No official has ever visited these areas. Benches and railings are taken away by unscrupulous elements. Some of the things are taken for repair but they never come back. In some green belts. Congress grass poses a serious threat to health of people. Electricity junction boxes remain exposed and sometimes lead to fatal accidents. I urge upon the authorities concerned that instead of creating more greenbelts,the existing ones should be maintained properly.

S K Khosla,Chandigarh

Demand for better food at PU a refreshing change
This is in reference to the news item PU students demand better food,hygiene at mess,canteens (Chandigarh Newsline,June 22). It was interesting to read that for a change,students have included in their demands better food in hostel mess. A serious irritant of hostel life is the monotony of food. I As I resided in PU mainline hostels as a student and research scholar during for almost 10 years in 60s,and later went on to serve at PU as a teacher,I can say from my personal experience that the new-found middle class prosperity has,over the years,taken roots in PU. As a fallout of this,students who come from the deprived and under-privileged sections of the society suffer from social and economic inequalities. This painful aspect of the changed campus life must not be ignored

Dr I M Joshi,Chandigarh

Amend Advocates’ Act for hassle-free Bar exam
The introduction of mandatory entrance test by Bar Council of India (BCI) before entry into legal practice,to be conducted on December 5,2010,has spread worry signals among final year law students. The aggrieved students have moved different High Courts across the country,urging them to quash the exam on the ground that BCI has no authority or competency to hold it in absence of any statutory provisions. I think the BCI as well as the Union Law Ministry have failed to realise that in the past,whenever initiatives were taken to reform the legal profession,the Supreme Court held that amending BCI rules is not enough and Advocates Act,1961 needs to be amended appropriately. Recently in 2008,when the BCI framed rules on legal education prescribing maximum age for admission to law course as 20 years for five-year integrated degree and 30 years for three-year course,people moved 12 different High Courts challenging BCI’s power,after which in August,2009 the Apex Court transferred all such proceedings before the High Courts for adjudication and since then the matter is pending before SC. Meanwhile,if the BCI is serious about the exam,it should urge the government to table a Bill in coming Monsoon Session incorporating appropriate amendments in the Advocates’ Act. Until the exam is held,fresh law graduates may be asked to undergo pre-enrollment apprenticeship.


The incorrigible lot
There was a news report in the Chandigarh Newsline last week about the city losing its attraction for the visitors,as they usually have to undergo quite bad experiences at railway station or airport. They are openly fleeced by auto and taxis operators,who don’t even care about the threat of police complaints. One really wonders whether Chandigarh has some authority worth its name at all. I myself have experienced the high-handedness of these transport operators several times. Why they are so fearless? Who really supports them,as they openly defy state regulations? I humbly wish to appeal to you to launch a media campaign against them and to the UT Administrator to use his good office to check the growing menace.

SK GUPTA,Chandigarh

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