User: divya_rrs Topic: Bangalore
Category: Air Quality
Last updated: Aug 19 2014 07:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Pollution Board Gets a Tongue-lashing 19.8.2014 newindianexpress.com
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Palike wakes up to noise, air pollution 19.8.2014 deccanherald.com
Bangaloreans, facing noise and air pollution in their neighbourhood from construction activities and other civic works, can heave a sigh of relief as the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sprung into action. As a first step, the Palike has kept the control room numbers of all zones open to residents for receiving complaints about such activities. In the last one week, the control room received quite a few complaints from the public about noise pollution caused by construction of buildings even at late night, dumping of construction debris, nuisance caused due to drilling of borewells after 10 pm, among others. "A few days ago, a resident of Uttarahalli complained about the car garage and how it was turning out to be a nuisance in the neighbourhood. When we did further inquiry, we found that the owner of the garage did not have license. Hence, we took steps to shut them down. If the builders want to construct after 10 pm, they have to take prior permission from us," Bommanahalli Zone Joint ...
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RTOs to spike BMTC on violations, acts on HC directions 13.8.2014 TOI: All Headlines
RTOs to spike BMTC on violations, acts on HC directions
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Crackdown on noise pollution 12.8.2014 deccanherald.com
The transport department last week conducted a drive to check noise pollution by vehicles that use shrill horns in the City. They also registered cases against such vehicle owners.

In the drive, conducted between August 4 and 8, the officials also took action against BMTC buses that were not stopping at the designated places and instead were stopping in the middle of the roads, causing traffic jams and risking the lives of the commuters.

The department officials said that to ensure that buses do not cause air pollution, their teams would inspect the emission test centres at the bus depots. Further, cases will also be booked against vehicles sounding horns in no honking or silent zones which includes schools, hospitals etc., they added.

Officials said that the permits of vehicles causing pollution and using shrill horns would not be renewed.
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Award for Citizen Matters | Solving Koramangala's traffic woes | When your phone gets stolen 8.8.2014 Citizen Matters

    Bengaluru this week  August 8th 2014       CITIZEN MATTERS Bangalore...
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KSPCB promotes eco-friendly Ganesha idols 6.8.2014 deccanherald.com
With Ganesha Chaturthi round the corner, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has taken an initiative to promote eco-friendly idols this year. KSPCB chairman Vaman Acharya said on Monday that the Board had been striving to stress on the need for eco-friendly idols, but so far only 20-25 per cent of this goal has been achieved. "While the demand for idols increases each year, the fear of water and air pollution is also increasing. So, we urge people to use only eco-friendly idols and decorations," Acharya said. He was speaking at a workshop, 'How to make and promote eco-friendly Ganeshas', organised by the Board in association with the National Referral Centre for Lead Poisoning in India (NRCLPI), Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited. He said the sale of eco-friendly Ganesha idols, especially small ones, were gradually picking up, but not the large idols, as they have more political, emotional and religious sentiments attached to them. "So, we are adopting the Pune model, where large idols are ...
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Vertical limit 3.8.2014 The Hindu: Today's Paper
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Siddaramaiah scurries away from landfill 3.8.2014 deccanherald.com
For just one day, there was a semblance of clean air at Mandur, courtesy the maiden visit of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday. The residents of Mandur have faced the ordeal of the stench for the past decade and they finally got one stench-free day. Preparing for the chief minister's visit, the village and the surrounding areas received a surprisingly neat makeover. Bleaching powder was sprinkled on all streets, garbage mounds were soil-capped and odour control solution was sprayed around the village and the landfill. Gopal Rao, a resident, said: "The Palike has undertaken measures temporarily. While the odour control solution is sprayed in the landfill area by the Palike at times, they never undertake spraying activity in the village regularly. The soil capping too has been done only for the last two weeks." Call it 'Grama Vastavya' (village contact programme) of sorts, Siddaramaiah got a first hand experience of the problems faced by the Mandur residents. While the villagers called the day ...
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Don't allow polluting buses to ply, High Court tells Transport department 3.8.2014 deccanherald.com
The High Court on Saturday directed the Transport department to file an affidavit on steps taken to prevent pollution by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses. During the hearing of a petition pertaining to noise pollution, the division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice H G Ramesh pointed out that indiscriminate halting of buses and plying poorly maintained buses cause air pollution and noise pollution. Amicus curiae Vidyullatha raised the point on how buses stop outside bus shelters. The bench said, "The buses stop in the middle of the road, other vehicles just stop behind them, this accumulates air pollution," the Chief Justice said. When a Transport department official said that he will request the Commissioner, BMTC to take steps in this regard, the bench said, "Request will not help. Direct them that you will seize such buses. Can you do this?" The bench said poorly maintained buses cause noise pollution and questioned what action will be taken against such ...
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Vertical limit 2.8.2014 The Hindu: Today's Paper
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How can you contribute in reducing air pollution in Bengaluru? 1.8.2014 Citizen Matters

Car pool when you go out. Cycle. Use public transport. No two-wheelers please. Do your bit to make the air you breathe safe.

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FULL TRANSCRIPT: What John Kerry said about Narendra Modi and India 30.7.2014 Latest News
FULL TRANSCRIPT: What John Kerry said about Narendra Modi and India. Kerry said that the new Indian Government's plan, "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas", together with all, development for all - that's a concept, a vision that they want to support.
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Indian techie will drive solar-powered auto to Britain 28.7.2014 New Kerala: India News
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Indian Techie Will Drive Solar-powered Auto to Britain 28.7.2014 newindianexpress.com
Rabelli Naveen will ride his self-built solar-powered autorickshaw to Britain to promote a sustainable low-cost alternative transport solution and check air pollution across the country
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Vertical limit 25.7.2014 Hindu: Home
Skyscrapers are popular in Mumbai and many other Indian cities are queuing up to get them. However, Subhankar Mitrasays that many hidden problems come with the heights
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Save your lungs, eyes and skin from this invisible enemy 14.7.2014 Citizen Matters

It would be wise to think twice while pushing a baby stroller on a road with heavy traffic in Bengaluru, as the child is at the level of the exhaust pipes.

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On the northeast 7.7.2014 Hindu: Opinion
This is in response to the article “Centring the Northeast” (June 5). I have recently relocate...
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Foul air, everywhere 3.7.2014 HBL: Home
Vehicular traffic, garbage burning and construction dust are all the usual suspects contributing to air pollution in Indian cities. But did you know that in Chennai, around 5.4 per cent of the part...
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Missing monsoons and melting ice: Who's the culprit? 2.7.2014 Citizen Matters

Air pollution is invisible, but affects all of us in multiple ways. This Citizen Matters series is an attempt to put the spotlight back on air pollution.

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Vehicle noise polluters may be penalised 1.7.2014 deccanherald.com
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board is holding weekly discussions with the traffic police and the transport department on how to penalise those causing vehicular noise pollution, the KSPCB chairman Vaman Acharya said on Monday. Speaking at 'Pachashudhikarana', a seminar on how to handle waste, organised by the KSPCB and Akashvani, Bangalore, he said: "Noise pollution is the major cause of many ailments. There are many sources of noise pollution - religious institutions, rallies, mass events using microphones and loudspeakers, vehicles and construction activities. But the worst is vehicular pollution. "Weekly meetings are being held with the traffic police and transport department on ways to check this pollution. Traffic policemen have been provided with noise meters to identify noise-making vehicles. We want the Union government to discard the use of phrases on vehicles to seek way. Instead of 'Horn Please', people should use dippers while asking for direction." Acharya said that in all ...
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