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Runners in city demand open spaces, parks and sports facilities 16.4.2018 Citizen Matters
This is the time to extract promises from politicians, and Bengaluru runners aren't behind in the race. They demand promises of better open, green spaces from the contestants of Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections 2018. ...
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Siddaiah yet to take primary membership of Cong. 16.4.2018 Hindu: National
Retired IAS officer Siddaiah, who has been chosen as the Congress candidate from Sakleshpur in the coming Assembly elections, is yet to take primary
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Action sought against Minor Irrigation Department officials 16.4.2018 Hindu: Bangalore
Bengaluru residents raise issue of lake encroachment at meet
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Water Crisis: Everyone cries politics, but no one wants to be named 15.4.2018 Deccan Herald - News
Winter is long gone, and whatever we can call spring in this city has also passed, and we see the first sign that tells us summer has begun: water tankers. Citizens in many parts of the city suffer from an insufficient supply of water to their areas and are desperate for these tankers. While the BWSSB order mandates that water should be supplied every alternate day, the reality is far from this. One of the areas that do not receive the necessary amount of water in the city is the Saibaba temple road in Doddanekundi. What strikes one about this locality is that the Doddanekundi lake is right next to it, yet the residents of this locality suffer greatly. Here the residents get Cauvery water only once a week. Usually released on Friday or Saturday, the flow of water, which is "like a thread", lasts a couple of hours before stopping. "Its all politics! Theres a man who comes here to turn on the tap. One day I asked him why our area gets so little water. He replied that the other areas dont get more water, ...
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BDA's fall from grace: rows deal a body blow to once-model agency 14.4.2018 deccanherald.com
The Bangalore Development Authority has an important place in the citys development over the decades, but recent controversies have dealt a severe blow to the agencys credibility. Inordinate delays in ensuring basic infrastructure for some layouts and denotification of assets to indirectly help real-estate dealers sparked off controversies that could resonate during the forthcoming Assembly polls. The agency must largely be thanked for the creation of several new layouts that helped in easing the citys housing problem, while the BDA was also instrumental in major infrastructure projects like laying the ring road, maintaining the lakes and constructing shopping complexes to help small businesses. Not too long ago, people queued up to buy BDA sites, but their confidence in the agency has been severely dented after the Arkavathy Layout denotification scam. Hundreds lost their sites in the aftermath, but their protests for several weeks was not enough to needle the BDA into a proper response. The agency ...
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Green tribunal, BDA officials inspect Bellandur Lake 14.4.2018 deccanherald.com
The committee formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), along with the officers from the Karnataka Lake Development and Conservation Authority (KLCDA) and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), inspected the Bellandur Lake on Saturday. The committee was formed to keep an eye on the condition of the lake after the recent incidents of fire. The chairperson of the committee, a senior advocate, Raj Panjwani, BDA Commissioner, Rakesh Singh, CEO of KLCDA, Seema Garg, and BBMP Joint Commissioner for Health and Solid Waste Management (SWM), Sarfaraz Khan, were present at the inspection. They also inspected the S T Bed Layout in Koramangala. However, the senior officers refused to share the details of todays inspection. "The final report will be available tomorrow," said a senior official who did not wish to be named. The inspection, however, left the citizens living near Bellandur Lake disappointed as they could not interact with the officials. "We were waiting for them from 11 am and we could not even ...
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Summer in, Tankers out 14.4.2018 deccanherald.com
Water tankers rule the roost on city outskirts. People are forced to buy water as BWSSB is yet to cover the entire city. Summer is here and so is the demand for water tankers in the city. This unregulated business in the city has been flourishing ever since 8 city municipal councils (CMCs), one town municipal council (TMC) and 110 villages were brought under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP)in 2007. Most apartments mushrooming on city outskirts have no water supplied by Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). According to officials, BWSSB despite having Cauvery water being supplied to over 9 lakh consumers, the city still falls short of the requirement which is largely fulfilled by private water tankers. Bhushan Iyer, a resident of Springfields Apartments located on Sarjapura Road says for the 550 odd apartments, they are spending nearly Rs 1 crore per year only for water. Apartments that have come up in East Bengaluru like Whitefield, Mahadevapura, KR Puram, Marathhalli, Sarjapura ...
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Sarjapur Rd residents protest against encroachment of lakes 13.4.2018 deccanherald.com
More than 30 Sarjapur residents staged a protest on Friday against the illegal encroachment of the Sompura and Yamare lake. They alleged that the authorities have failed to take any action to stop the encroachment and illegal construction over the buffer zone around the lakes. "The lake at Sompura is encroached by private builders now. They have turned the lake bed into a pathway to their apartments," said Raicy, an activist from the Voice of Sarjapur citizen group. The residents believe the authorities are complicit with these encroachers."The Yamare village panchayat has been accepting bribes to turn the buffer zones into deadpan lands,"Raicy added. She accused the Yamare panchayats chairman of not paying any heed to the requests of conserving the lake. The Yamare Lake-which is a seasonal one- is facing a slow death, according to the residents due to unruly dumping, "The lakebed when not in season, is used by villagers for cattle-grazing. But few people from Sarjapur dump construction debris illegally ...
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Clear encroachments on Pattandur Agrahara Lake: HC to city authorities 13.4.2018 deccanherald.com
The high court on Friday issued notices to the BBMP, BDA, the Lake Development Authority and the state government seeking action to clear encroachments on the Pattandur Agrahara Lake in Kadugodi, Whitefield in East Bengaluru. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice B M Shyam Prasad issued the notices while hearing a PIL filed by Whitefield Rising Trust. The trust has moved the court seeking directions to clear encroachments and safeguard the lake by fencing it on Survey 54, in Pattandur Agrahara and revive and develop the waterbody. The petitioner has challenged the BBMPs impugned notification issued on 24 April 2017, under Section 14 B of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act 1961 and Rule 3 of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Benefit of Development Rights) Rules 2016 seeking to acquire various parcels of the land to lay a road. According to the petitioner, the BBMP is constructing an 80 feet road connecting Varthur Kodi Road to ITPL Main Road. The petitioner ...
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NGT panel to inspect lakes in Bengaluru 13.4.2018 Hindu: Home
Following orders from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday, a committee constituted by the tribunal is set to carry out a two-day inspection
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Panel to inspect 3 lakes this weekend 13.4.2018 Hindu: Cities
The committee was constituted by the National Green Tribunal
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Waste-water to the rescue 13.4.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Koramangala and Challaghatta valley waste-water treatment plants are expected to benefit industrial units as well as agriculture holdings in areas close to Bengaluru. By S. Vishwanath
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Karnataka polls: Cong's urbane outreach at odds with state's civic problems 13.4.2018 Business Standard: News Now
Earlier, political parties targetted Bengaluru's slums because they had captive vote banks, but turnout pattern in 2013 Assembly polls was perhaps a wake-up call on the emergence of a strong middle cl
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Bellandur: NGT raps Karnataka govt, forms panel to inspect lakes 11.4.2018 deccanherald.com
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday slammed the Karnataka government over its action plan on Bengalurus Bellandur lake and formed a committee to inspect the lakes in the city. A bench headed by NGT acting chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim said the report submitted by the state government was "incorrect and misleading" and was bereft of the actual action taken on the ground. "This is not what we expected from the state authorities. The action plan submitted by the state contains incorrect and misleading information. The report submitted by the state does not convince us. There has been default in compliance with the order of the tribunal. "We are not here just to read files and close them. Compliance with the order has to be done, Do you want us to call the Army for compliance," the bench observed. The green panel, which stopped short of imposing a fine on the state and its instrumentalities, formed a committee comprising senior advocate Raj Panjwani, a professor from Indian Institute of Science- ...
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Bellandur: NGT raps Karnataka govt, forms panel to inspect lakes 11.4.2018 General News
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today slammed the Karnataka government over its action plan on Bengaluru's Bellandur lake and formed a committee to inspect the lakes in the city. A bench headed by NGT acting chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim said the report submitted by the state government was "incorrect and misleading" and was bereft of the actual action taken on the ground. "This is not what we expected from the state authorities. The action plan submitted by the state contains incorrect and misleading information. The report submitted by the state does not convince us. There has been default in compliance of the order of the tribunal. "We are not here just to read files and close them. Compliance of the order has to be done, Do you want us to call the Army for compliance," the bench observed. The green panel, which stopped short of imposing a fine on the state and its instrumentalities, formed a committee comprising senior advocate Raj Panjwani, a professor from Indian Institute ..
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Temple not the only grabber of lake land, say revenue officials 10.4.2018 Deccan Herald - City
The monumental task of moving the 62-foot-tall statue of Hanuman from Kolar to Kacharakanahalli has brought this obscure Bengaluru neighbourhood and its dead, encroached lake to the fore. The 750-tonne statue is being set up by the Sri Rama Chaitanya Vardhini Trust near the Kodandarama Swamy Temple in Kacharakanahalli. According to M K Jagadish, Assistant Commissioner, Bengaluru North subdivision, the temple and the proposed statue were located on a lakebed. The temple, its two choultries, an Isckon goshala, a BDA layout and a slum are among the many occupants of the 56-acre plot in Survey No 153, still listed as government lake in revenue records. Jagadish said that about 26 acres of the land, part of the lake, now formed a BDA layout. The other properties are spread over around 10 acres while approximately 20 acres of land is vacant. He said that in 2015, under the then Bengaluru Urban commissioner V Shankar, the administration made its first attempt to reclaim the government property. "We cannot ...
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HC bins firm's plea against green tribunal order 10.4.2018 Deccan Herald - City

The high court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Shashi Distilleries Pvt Ltd for the quashing of National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders on closing down industries that pollute Bellandur Lake.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) had served a notice on the company located near Hulimavu on April 17, 2017. The high court stayed cases related to Bellandur Lake before the NGT on June 16, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) moved the Supreme Court against the high courts order. The apex court vacated the stay on August 8, 2017.

On Tuesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice B M Shyam Prasad dismissed the petition by Shashi Distilleries as not maintainable after the NBF submitted a copy of the Supreme Court order.

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Battleground Karnataka: What is Congress' 'Karnataka model of development' 10.4.2018 Top Stories
This report has become the basis for the Congress party's election narrative, particularly to distinguish the 'Karnataka model of development' from the 'Gujarat model of development'
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Lake land case: Upalokayukta for action on minister, officials 9.4.2018 Deccan Herald - State
A report by Upalokayukta has recommended disciplinary action against revenue officials of Chikkaballapur for allotting a lake land for a medical college. The report recommended the state government to immediately restore the lake in Anakanur village. The complaint stated that the Amani Gopalakrishna lake was the biggest lake in the district and that the district administration had allowed conversion of about 92 acres of lake land for various purposes, including construction of a medical college. In 2010, the administration transferred 70 acres of the lake land in exchange for 10 acres of land with the Horticulture Department and in February 2016 the administration granted the lake land for setting up of a medical college. The Upalokayukta report stated that under section 14 of the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Act, no structure can be built on lake land and no roads and bridges can be built within the lake area, including the tank bund. The report further stated that the district in-charge ...
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Uncleared weeds choke Chikkabanavara Lake 8.4.2018 deccanherald.com
The Chikkabanavara Lake is dying a slow death with meat waste and weeds choking it, while the authorities turn a blind eye to the problem. The BDA is responsible for the upkeep of the lake. "Earlier, people used to catch fish in this lake. Fishermen would clear weeds in the lake and keep it clean. Many birds could be seen here," said Varadaraju, a local resident. However, in the past five years, two apartment complexes have encroached on the lakebed and let their sewage into the lake, he said. The lake now gives out a foul smell and fishing has been stopped, the resident said. "People living near the lake are falling sick. Mosquitoes breed in the waterbody," another resident, Rajesh, said. "A sewage water treatment plant has been set up at a cost of Rs 16 crore. But there are no efforts to conserve the lake," said gram panchayat member Netravati. RK Mohan, BDAs Assistant Executive Engineer (North division), said a plan has been proposed in this years Budget to develop the Chikkabanavara Lake. "The ...
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