Sunday, January 18, 2009
Young Voices of Nuvem/Carmel HSS
Safety rules are secondary?
Sharleen Fernandes, Tiara DaCosta and Jessica Sharma
Carmel Higher Secondary School, Nuvem
We the students of Carmel Higher Secondary School had organised a road safety awareness campaign on July 30, 2008 from 8:00 am to 10:30am. By holding banners in front of our school campus we pleaded with the people to put on their seat belts, helmets etc. We were shocked to find out that 50 percent of the people wore fake helmets. Then 25 percent did not wear helmets at all and moreover some just put helmets without strapping it. Similarly, a large number of car drivers were without their seat belts. However, the most stunning thing was that most of the people when told to abide by the safety rules had ill words for us.
Our lives are very precious to us and we would not risk them it for anything in this world. The lives of the NSG commandos and police inspectors who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist attack in Mumbai were also very precious. Yet their duty to came even before their lives. This shows their dedication and bravery.
Inspector Vijay Salaskar, Inspector Ashok Kampe, Hemant Karkare and two NSG commandos Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Havildar Gajendra Singh lost their lives fighting to save the lives of others. We salute these brave men for their sacrifices and brave deeds. They laid down their lives so that Mumbai would be free of terrorism.
It is to these and many such people that India truly belongs. They have not only made their own families, but the entire nation proud. India is very fortunate to have such bravehearts. They will always be remembered as Mumbai’s heroes. They have carved a niche for themselves in India’s history.
Tiara Da Costa, Carmel HSS, Nuvem
Death trap at Nuvem
I would like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned the virtual death trap existing near the Carmel College speed breaker at Nuvem. For some months now the portion had been tarred. However, the two speed breakers just opposite the main entrance of the College have not been properly restored. The speed breakers have been partially restored midway on one side leaving the other half in the normal condition.
Leanne L. Fernandes, Nuvem
Too busy issuing challans?
It is a joy to watch our traffic policemen at work. They start work quite early in the morning and finish in the late evening. Their job is demanding and they fill the state coffers(?) by issuing challans for various traffic offences. Their love for out-of-station vehicles and foreigners is well known. But when they are badly needed, they are found wanting.
Recently there was asphalting of the road from Nuvem junction to KTC Bus Stand, Margao. A traffic policeman diverted traffic from Nuvem to Margao via Kirbhatt, along the Ponda-Margao road. For three days there was utter chaos at Power Minister Alexio Sequeira’s house, with traffic coming from three directions with no policeman at the site to control the traffic, which was backed up almost a kilometre on all three sides. Any one of the various officers who zoom around in interceptors, or the motorcycle cops playing hide and seek on the roadside with motorists would have been very useful indeed in situations such as this.
Jos Cabral, by email
(Letters to the Editor in Herald Column)