LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Flight Delays A Common Plight at Bengaluru
The Kempegowda International Airport at Bengaluru is witnessing consistent early morning flight delays owing to prevailing weather conditions. Fog has played havoc causing unscheduled delays, disruptions in runways and thus leading to cascading delays across the check-in counters and at the airport. At a time when the airport is rejoicing with many milestones related to notable infrastructural improvements and passenger traffic achievements, it is high time and of late that the present runway be equipped with an advanced technology in place to enable landing and take offs during the early morning fog. Many passengers get affected owing to unscheduled flight delays daily. Also most of people use the airport mainly for the purpose of business and official travel visits, which happens normally in the mornings after 10am upon landing at the destination from Bengaluru. Hence catching an early morning flight from KIA is highly essential. The otherwise ‘safety’ trade-off factor owing to fog delayed flights will cost the passengers time and money and who also invest heavily on flight tickets to cut travel time. As also it is known that the upcoming Runway 2 at KIA will be quipped with the advanced CAT IIIB ILS technology that will enable seamless landing during the foggy conditions, it is also high time now to look into upgrading the existing runway infrastructure with necessary advanced technology. Such a move will enable the airport to handle seamless flight operations and ensure completion of timely boarding formalities.
Varun S D, Bangalore
‘Reservation Politics’ For Vote Banks
The decision of the true ‘Accidental Prime Minister’ Narendra Modi lead NDA government will move to amend the Constitution in order to grant this 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker in the general category. People hope that, the Modi government which is unable to provide two crore jobs per annum as per election promise, now opens a new front that is likely to play out in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, should not be become another vote catching jumla. Even after the cap of 49.5% for reservations the balance left is for general category, whether economically backward or otherwise, why then again 10% for economically backward, that too almost the entire upper caste (12 to 13%) population become eligible. But the big question in economically poor India with 8 lakhs per annum income limit will not create a tough competition to get the benefit of reservation? People wonders that when the slab of the tax free income up to 2.5 lacs, then how the government bring the reservation under 8 lacs per annum (is pretty much considered an upper middle class) for economically weaker section, is it not good to bring down the limit for the weaker section as per income tax slab? One hope, that when the Congress and other opposition not against the bill, then Modi led BJP should not play “reservation politics” for vote banks like the “cow politics” introduced in India.
Bidyut K Chatterjee, Faridabad