An increasing number of suicides by jumping off river bridges in Goa has led an academic to write to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to build high balustrades along the structures to make suicide attempts more difficult. Nandkumar Kamat, who teaches Botany at Goa University, appealed to the chief minister to work out both short-term and long-term measures to curb suicides in the state.”I appeal to you to either raise the height of these balustrades or railings so that climbing on top of them and jumping in the river below becomes difficult,” said Kamat.”Both the bridges on the Mandovi have become notorious for suicides. As honourable MLA of Panaji, you need to do something serious, tangible about it and it is simple, logical and possible,” Kamat wrote in his communique to Parrikar.