x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Renovation work hurts commuters

A reader seeks to draw attention of the civic authorities towards the inconveniences caused by renovation work in Khalidiya. Other topics: documentary, South Sudan, Iran, O'Toole

A reader suggests renovation projects such as this one in Khalidiya should be undertaken in phases so as not to cause inconveniences to the public. Photo courtesy Ramesh Menon
A reader suggests renovation projects such as this one in Khalidiya should be undertaken in phases so as not to cause inconveniences to the public. Photo courtesy Ramesh Menon

A series of road and pavement repair work being carried out in sector 73 in Khalidiya is causing major inconvenience to the public.

The entire area is marked for repair by the contracting company responsible for the project. They have also dug up the pavement and removed the bricks that have been stacked up randomly. It’s a posh residential area with a high concentration of high-rises, restaurants, banks and other commercial establishments. In normal times, before the repair work began, availability of parking spaces was limited. So one can imagine the inconvenience it has caused to residents and visitors. The pieces of bricks and concrete also pose a grave danger to children.

Apart from that, the lorries that keep plying in the area cause traffic chaos as there is limited space for vehicle movement.

I humbly request the civic authorities to facilitate convenient passage for residents and vehicles. That could have been done easily by marking smaller segments for renovation, instead of marking an entire sector. It can still be done.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Documentary on Kosovo was an eye opener

The conflict in Kosovo had touched my heart deeply – I was in school at the time. It was a great idea by Abu Dhabi Media and The National to screen the documentary Inside: Mission Kosovo with English narration and subtitles. With its real footage, the movie opened my eyes to the heroic and humanitarian role the UAE Armed Forces played as peacekeepers in the war. It was an insightful glimpse of the care and compassion of the UAE leadership for people of the world, and a message of hope too.

I sincerely wish that this movie is screened to English-speaking audiences, and in other languages around the world, so that people can see how we can all move beyond the barriers of race, religion, culture and language, and work together to help each other.

It was an honour to meet Lt Col Dr Aysha Al Dhaheri and Lt Col Sultan Al Katebi, who had served in the peacekeeping efforts. Hearing their first-hand accounts was uplifting and inspiring. I salute the UAE Armed Forces and the UAE leadership. And thanks once again to The National for sharing this positive side of an otherwise grim situation. Keep up the good work.

Farrukh Naeem, Abu Dhabi

Hostilities will only harm South Sudan

I am deeply concerned about the deaths and arrests of dozens following a coup attempt that also led to the closure of South Sudan’s borders (Failed coup has South Sudan on a knife age, December 18).

I wonder how the politicians failed to see tensions rising, even though that had been happening for a long time.

South Sudan, which split from its northern neighbour in 2011, has the third largest oil reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa, after Nigeria and Angola. However, all of this oil that’s exported through pipelines running across Sudan does not bring happiness, peace and stability to the nation.

If the current president, Salva Kiir (who is a member of the dominant Dinka tribe), has fired the former vice-president, Riek Machar (who belongs to the Nuer tribe), because of his ethnicity and due to his intention to run for the presidency in 2015, then this conflict and hostility will only increase. I would be glad to see an end to the hostilities and the establishment of a functional state.

Everyone would be happy if the politicians reach a settlement through negotiations, because that could bring an end to repression.

Gaye Caglayan Budak, Abu Dhabi

Many nuances in nuclear projects

I am commenting on the opinion article Previous agreements point to a possible failure of the Iran deal (December 15).

I thank Dr Majid Rafizadeh and The National for shedding light on the details of the nuclear programme rather than the general mainstream analysis from so-called “scholars” who are not aware of the intricacies of nuclear proliferation.

There are many nuances in Iran’s nuclear facilities and tens of this kind of nuclear deals will not be able to address all of them. Every nation that desired to be nuclear-armed has been able to do so. Iran is no exception.

In addition, it is important to note the argument that at the end of the day that “across Iran’s political spectrum (hardliners, reformists and moderates), there is a high level of consensus that Tehran will not give up its rights to enrich uranium. Also, Iran will not dismantle its nuclear sites.”

Rima Maktabi, Lebanon

O’Toole will live through his work

I refer to the article Actor Peter O’Toole dies (December 16). Who can forget the role of the charming and stylish actor in Lawrence of Arabia? I remember another film, Bucket, where O’Toole played an equally powerful role.

May his soul rest in peace.

K Ragavan, India