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'Mysuru must not become a dead city like B'luru' 27.7.2017 deccanherald.com
Environment scientist and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru professor TVRamachandra has said that Bengaluru has turned into a 'dead city' and Mysuru should not go the Bengaluru way. Ramachandra delivered a lecture on 'Unplanned Urbanisation with Fragmented Governance and Poor Environment Health-Nexus' as part of an international conference on 'Environment, Health and Policy Nexus' at JSSUniversity here on Thursday. Ramachandra said that, "Chief Minister Siddaramaiah says Bengaluru is a dynamic city but it has turned into a dead city due to unplanned urbanisation. Due to urbanisation, a majority of the lakes have dried up and a few are filled with sewage water. In the last four decades, Bengaluru city has witnessed increased concretisation and 88%of the trees have been lost. The city has lost 78%of the lakes. If the situation continues, it will be difficult to survive in the city," he said. In recent years, even Mysuru has been witnessing similar development and it should not happen, he ...
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BJP writes to guv on move to give up ownership of lakes 26.7.2017 deccanherald.com
BJP state general secretary and MP Shobha Karandlaje has urged Governor Vajubhai Vala to direct the state government to drop its controversial proposal to give up control and ownership of parts of dried up lakes. In her letter to the Governor, dated July 22, 2017, Shobha said the government has proposed to amend the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964, seeking to give up control and ownership of lakes, ponds and other water bodies that have dried up. She has cited three specific instances of lakes in Bengaluru being 'killed.' These include construction of a layout on the Sadaramangala lake land in Kodigehalli, encroachment of the Haralur lake, off Sarjapur Road, and laying of a cricket pitch on the Sarakki lake in JP Nagar. "One day or the other, the state is sure to get copious rains that would fill up these tanks. But the present policy of the government seems to be myopic, insensitive and callous," the BJP leader stated, urging the Governor to ask the government to "come to its senses and stop ...
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Job fraudster held in Bengaluru for duping 45 girls 26.7.2017 Education
A man was arrested here for duping 45 students of a women's college in Karnataka by posing as a recruiting agent and giving them fake job offers from leading IT firms, police said on Wednesday.
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Check open budget data, see how much money your ward got 26.7.2017 Citizen Matters
When the budget is presented in BBMP, it is for all 198 wards, so a citizen is unable to figure out what exactly does the budget mean to his ward. Bengaluru-based NGO Janaagraha has compiled the latest available budget, which will be released in public domain soon. ...
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Biking diaries 25.7.2017 Deccan Herald - Wednesday
It has been a little over two years since software professionals Prateek Baliga and wife Princy Jain from Mumbai made Bengaluru their home. Prateek works with ATOS while Princy is with Deloitte. The couple have grown to love this place and found their own interests here. Prateek, especially, admits to falling in love with the biking culture here. Prateek was born and raised in Kalyan, Mumbai and lived in Pune for a whole before relocating to Bengaluru. "I am originally from Mangaluru but I have never lived there. I have always longed to move to Karnataka. A frantic job hunt and two years later, here I am," he says. Princy, on the hand, is a native of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and has worked in Mysuru for a while before moving to Bengaluru. Settling down in a new place was indeed a big challenge for the couple. In fact, they spent a lot of time hunting for the right house. "Initially, we spent a lot of time looking for a place on rent. Here, we feel, the 'independent house' culture is predominant than the ...
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No trees will be cut for steel flyover: CM 24.7.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Mayor G Padmavathi on Monday said trees or plants not will be cut for the construction of a steel flyover near Shivananda Circle. In response to a huge protest against the proposed flyover held on Sunday, Siddaramaiah said citizens seem to have a strong misconception about the steel flyover. "Citizens either have a strong misconception or they have misunderstood the concept of a steel flyover. They think that whenever there is a project to build steel flyover, trees will be cut and begin to protest immediately. But it is not so. We will ensure that no tree or even plant would be hurt during the construction of the project," he said. He also said the trees coming in the way of the project will be translocated. "It becomes difficult for us to implement development projects if the citizens do not cooperate," he said. He said efforts will be made to plant ten more saplings even if one tree is being cut because of the project. George's statement Reacting to protests against the ...
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Plea seeks quashing of NGT order on buffer zones 24.7.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A petition has been filed seeking directions to quash the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order which has imposed a new buffer zone of 75 metres for lakes and wetlands in Bengaluru as opposed to the earlier 30 metres. The NGT had passed an order on May 4, 2017 fixing the buffer zones for new constructions in the city and declared 75 metres from the edge of the wetlands and lakes as no-construction zones. Petitioners W M Sundarmurthy and Aparna Construction and Estates Pvt Ltd moved the court on the ground that the NGT, New Delhi, does not have the jurisdiction to pass orders in matters related to Karnataka. NGT's New Delhi order is against the provisions of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010. Section 4, Sub-Section 3 talks about the territorial jurisdiction of NGT. The petitioners have sought directions to quash the NGT New Delhi order. The petitioners have contended that they own around two acres of land around Rachenahalli lake, located near Thanisandra, Hebbal. They have proposed to construct a ...
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Majestic fort on a mighty hill 24.7.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Gudibande happens to us by default rather than design, inspired by the salubrious weather. We make this impulsive digression from our focus destination, Lepakshi, while driving on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad highway (National Highway 7). Lush vineyards ridden with bunches of grapes flank the route as we enter the section of the highway leading to Nandi Hills, all the way up to Gudibande in Chikkaballapur district. As we spot a sign board pointing towards this 'temple on a boulder', we swerve left and head in the direction of the hillfort. Abode of gods We motor down on well-paved village roads flanked by lush fields to come upon the pristine Byrasagara Lake, shaped like the map of India. We take a break in our journey to enjoy the sight of birds taking dips in the lake, built by Byre Gowda, a chieftain after whom the waterbody is named. A couple of kilometres from here, we drive through an avenue of village homes to come upon the foothills of the conical Surasadmagiri on top of which sits the Gudibande ...
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Crores spent, but Kempambudhi lake still dirty: MLA 22.7.2017 deccanherald.com
Many people have made money on the pretext of improving the historic Kempambudhi lake near Basavanagudi, Chickpet MLA R V Devaraj has said. Speaking at 'Janaspandana - Citizens for Change', a civic grievance redress programme organised by DH and Prajavani on Saturday, he said: "Crores of rupees were drawn in the name of rejuvenating the lake though there was hardly any improvement. The lake is in a pathetic condition because untreated sewage is being let into it. This time, we have come up with an action plan of Rs 9 crore. In two months, the lake will come to life. Once it is fully revived, we will get it inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah." The Congress MLA said his constituency had the most number of slums. Keeping this fact in mind, the government has released adequate grants for providing homes to slum dwellers. He said 1,000 sites had been identified where pucca houses will be built at a cost of Rs 5 lakh each. He further said that members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes would be ...
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Bellandur Lake Festival on Aug 5 to bring people closer to waterbody 20.7.2017 deccanherald.com
Bellandur lake is in news again, but this time for good reasons. People living around the 910-acre waterbody in southeastern Bengaluru and members of Bellandur Lake Citizens' Forum are planning to organise a half-day-long lake festival on August 5. Over 1,000 people have already signed up for the festival, whose idea was mooted just a week ago. "The idea behind organising the festival is to bring people closer to the waterbody. The lake is a beautiful natural asset of the city. We want to create a platform for people to interact with officials and establish an emotional connect with the waterbody," Seema Sharma, a member of Bellandur Lake Citizens' Forum, told DH. A 10-member forum, comprising residents and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) officials, came up with the idea about the festival at its last meeting. "The BDA is the custodian of the lake. Residents and BDA commissioner are part of the forum. During a discussion on the progress of Bellandur lake's revival, we thought why not have an event ...
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SC concerned over vanishing wetlands in Bengaluru 20.7.2017 deccanherald.com
The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed concern over vanishing wetlands in the country, including in Bengaluru, and asked the Centre to explain the "huge amount" of money spent on various works related to preservation of waterbodies. A wetland is a land area that has water, either permanently or seasonally, and takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. The court cited reports of disappearance of lakes in Bengaluru and the Chennai flood in 2015. "So many of these wetlands have vanished. In 2015, there were floods in Chennai. The reports said that there was flooding as wetlands have vanished. In areas like Bhopal and Bengaluru, lakes have disappeared," a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta noted. The government told the court that it had prepared a fresh affidavit giving details of identification and inventorisation of over two lakh wetlands in the country. However, advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing for PIL petitioner M K Balakrishnan, said the Centre had not yet ...
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CM defends move to give up control of dried-up lakes 19.7.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday defended a proposal to give up control and ownership of parts of lakes, ponds and other water bodies that have dried up and lost their original features. "Dharmambudi lake in Bengaluru is now a bus stand. How can we develop the lake now? How to rejuvenate lakes that have lost their original features?" he asked when reporters sought his reaction to the controversial proposal by the Revenue department. He also said there is no proposal before the government to give up the ownership of actual lakes. Asked about the BJP staging protests across the state against transfer of IPS officer D Roopa, he said it is an administrative matter. "There is nothing called good post or bad post in the government. Discipline is important in the police force. Hence, she has been transferred," he added. It is learnt that Bengaluru Central Prison issue came up for discussion in the Cabinet meeting, and the chief minister informed his colleagues about the steps taken by him in handling ...
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HC: Palike can't cite NGT order to deny occupancy certificate 19.7.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday told the BBMP that it cannot withhold the occupancy certificate by citing the National Green Tribunal's order. The court was hearing a petition filed by Sri Nakoda Constructions Ltd, which had sought directions to the BBMP to allot it the occupancy certificate since it had completed the construction according to the sanctioned plan. Justice Vineet Kothari told BBMP that the plan was sanctioned much before the NGT order on buffer zones came up and the NGT has not sought the demolition of any buildings in its order. The NGT, in its judgement on May 4, 2016, had imposed new buffer zones of 75 metres for lakes and wetlands which will be a no-construction zone, as opposed to 30 metres earlier, in Bengaluru. Under-construction buildings will have to be demolished. However, if the construction is already completed, the order is not applicable. The BBMP counsel sought time to place the order of the NGT before the court as it had denied the occupancy certificate based on ...
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Kengeri lake to get a new lease of life 19.7.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Kengeri lake, which was on deathbed a few years ago, will soon get a fresh lease of life. The lake will emerge as a popular breathing space with recreational activities in a year. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has floated tenders for rejuvenation and overall development of Kengeri lake as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. The 25-acre lake was earlier developed in 2005 with a fence around its periphery. Even an islet and walking paths were built to make it a centre for leisure activities. However, lack of maintenance left the lake in ruins within the next few months. At present, the lake bed is covered in weeds and shrubs. In 2012, Bangalore Development Authority handed over the lake to the BMRCL which included the responsibility of its development and maintenance. The BMRCL now plans to rejuvenate the lake and also put in place a system where its water supports aquatic life. It has prepared a Rs 8.75-crore development plan that includes building walking paths, ...
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Cabinet approves Rs 1,662-cr tenders for three STPs 19.7.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The state Cabinet on Wednesday approved tenders worth Rs 1,662 crore for setting up sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Koramangala and Challaghatta, Hebbal and Vrishabhavathi valleys. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said the Cabinet approved tenders to take up a Rs 472-crore project for treating sewage water from the Koramangala-Challaghatta (KC) valley. The treated water will be used for filling tanks in Kolar district. The STP for treating sewage water from Hebbal-Nagawara valley will cost Rs 534.31 crore for filling tanks in Chikkaballapur district. Tenders for the third project costing Rs 656.96 crore for treating sewage water from Vrishabhavathi valley to fill tanks of Anekal taluk in Bengaluru Urban district were also approved by the Cabinet. Jayachandra said the state government had called tenders thrice for setting up the STPs in the valleys. But the bids could not be finalised due to technical reasons. The STPs will help in treating 300 million litres per day of ...
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Cabinet nod for three STPs for treating city’s sewage 19.7.2017 Hindu: Home
State Government hopes these will benefit farmers of Bengaluru Rural, Chickballapur and Kolar districts
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Bellandur lake festival to be held on Aug. 5 19.7.2017 Hindu: Home
Bengaluru Fire, froth and garbage: this is the image that comes to mind when one thinks about the Bellandur lake. But, the citizens and lake volunteers want to change this. They are planning to hold t...
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H K Patil opposes plan to give up control of 'long-lost' lakes 18.7.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil has opposed the proposal of the Revenue Department to give up control and ownership of parts of lakes, ponds and other waterbodies that have dried up and lost their original features.

Speaking to journalists here on Tuesday, he said Karnataka was facing a severe drinking water shortage. "Several waterbodies have dried up owing to drought. Giving up ownership of such dried lakes will prove detrimental. The focus should be on rejuvenation of lakes and recharge of groundwater," he added.

The Revenue Department has proposed to bring in suitable amendments to the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964, to re-classify dried-up waterbodies that have long lost their original character so that they could be used for other purposes. If the proposal is implemented, it could come as a blessing to those who have illegally built houses on lakebeds that have lost their original identity.

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Lake it up 18.7.2017 Hindu: S & T
TC Ravindra believes in the power of indigenous plants and has results to prove that. In 2011, when he visited Uttarahalli Lake, as a consultant to the NGO United Way of Bengaluru, the water body was ...
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Is Karnataka India's most corrupt state? 18.7.2017 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
'When a newspaper says that Karnataka leads in corruption, one must also know it means Karnataka leads in patronising corruption.' 'You can't be corrupt without me succumbing to your corruption.'
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