Reader’s Mail (Tirunelveli)

Use banana leaf

In most of the hotels, plastic is used for packing food unmindful of environmental impact and the consumer’s health.

The use of plastic bags, straws and stirrers can be avoided.

For wrapping food or for serving, lotus or banana leaves, which are commonly found in the southern districts, can be used.

A banana leaf on top of the plate exactly cut to the plate’s size is very hygienic and eco-friendly. Eating hot, freshly cooked foods on banana leaf enhances the taste.

These leaves add an aroma to the food served on them; steamed food wrapped in banana leaves gives a delicate sweet flavour to the dish. It is a pity that aluminium foil and plastic leaves are used to serve food.

Hence, urgent action is needed to join the global fight against plastic

G. Stanley Jeyasingh,


Increase frequency

Southern Railway is operating a superfast express train (12667 and 12668) between Chennai Egmore and Nagercoil once a week for so many years. This train takes only 11 hours and 15 minutes from Tirunelveli to reach Chennai and it has no stoppage at Tambaram station.

In June,July and August, many students have to go to Chennai with their parents to attend the counselling for admission to professional courses or to get admitted to Chennai colleges. Compared with train fare, bus fares are so high that the poor find it very difficult to travel in buses.

In the interest of the people of southern districts, the railway authorities may take steps to operate this train at least thrice a week.

P. Victor Selvaraj,


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