User: divya_rrs Topic: Bangalore
Category: Citizen-Protests
Last updated: Aug 18 2017 03:36 IST RSS 2.0
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Avoid these roads today 17.8.2017
Traffic police have requested road users to avoid roads in and around Freedom Park on Friday between 10.30 am and 1 pm in view of a protest rally organised by the BJP.

According to traffic police, heavy congestion can be expected at K R Circle, Seshadri Road, Anand Rao Circle, Maurya Junction, Maharani College Junction, Subbanna Junction, Race Course Road and Chalukya Circle.

The traffic police will deploy additional forces to control vehicular flow on road manually. Citizens have been advised to move on alternative roads to reach their destinations.
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Day after rain havoc, govt busy with canteen launch 16.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
On Wednesday, when a rain-battered city desperately needed the governments help, top ministers and officials were busy with the launch of the Indira Canteen chain. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was in town for the inauguration and a subsequent rally, giving officials more reason to stay away from inundated areas. With no work afoot to tackle the flooding, citizens were furious. The city received record rainfall in the early hours of Tuesday, leaving several homes and neighbourhoods waterlogged. On plane to Delhi On Wednesday evening, chief minister Siddaramaiah, Bengaluru development minister K J George, KPCC president G Parameshwara and a battery of top Congress leaders left for Delhi with Rahul Gandhi to discuss the expansion of the state Cabinet. Mayor G Padmavathi, preoccupied through the day with the launch of the canteen chain, did not visit any inundated areas either. When DH contacted officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the urban development department, they said ...
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Multi-pronged campaign 15.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Residents of areas near Cantonment Railway Station and members of various activist groups charted out a campaign to protest against the shifting of Cantonment Metro station to Madina Masjid grounds. Members of Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB), Praja and Citizens' Action Forum held a brief meeting on Tuesday and decided to launch a multi-pronged campaign. "We need to mobilise the masses as well as meet ministers and political leaders to stress the importance of setting up the Metro station next to the railway station," said Rajkumar Dugar, a resident of Vasanthnagar, who has been vocal against the change in alignment of the Metro. Yogeesh Prabhuswamy of CfB said a social media campaign will be launched shortly and a memorandum would be submitted to the ministers, local MLA and to the chief minister. "We want Metro station next to the railway station here. This is not just a matter of convenience. It is the issue of integrating two key modes of transport," said Khader Bhasha Syed of Praja. N S Mukunda of ...
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Residents protest felling of trees for signal-free corridor 13.8.2017
More than 400 residents on Sunday formed a human chain near HAL Junction to register their protest against the felling of 46 trees on Old Airport Road. The BBMP felled fully grown trees on Friday night for the construction of signal-free corridor on Old Airport Road. The protestors expressed their anguish at the Palike for going ahead with its plan despite repeated requests to spare the trees. "We had petitioned the mayor and the BBMP commissioner two weeks ago, requesting them not to axe the trees. But 46 trees with huge canopy have been reduced to stumps at ISRO junction," said Aravinda Badarinath, a resident of Vinayakanagar. Badarinath said he made the request to BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad and Chief Engineer B S Prahallad when they come to mark the trees. Amarnath John, a resident of KR Garden, Murugeshpalya, said, "The high court has ruled that if any government or private agency has to fell over 50 trees for a project, it should conduct a public hearing. If residents raise objections, the ...
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Awareness march on tree translocation 12.8.2017
More than 60 citizens marched from ITPL grounds to Hope Farm in Whitefield on Saturday to create awareness about the alternatives to cutting down trees.

Inspired by the translocation of trees at Sarjapur, Vandana Kaul, a resident of Kadugodi led the march to create awareness among citizens and government officials about translocation of trees. Kaul happened to see more than 50 trees in Whitefield marked for felling to make way for Metro's Phase 2.

"The government should think of the coming generation. The city is thriving because of the green cover. We are trying to get help from a few companies to translocate trees ourselves," said Kaul.

During the March, tree activist Vijay Nishanth made a presentation on how Bengaluru had the most tree varieties in the world.
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Activists want BBMP's written assurance on saving trees 12.8.2017
Tree lovers are not satisfied with BBMP forest cell's verbal assurance that 245 marked trees near Dairy Circle will not be cut down for the second phase of Metro from Gottigere to Nagawara. "We need an assurance in writing that they will not allow BMRCL to fell these trees," said Arun Prasad, an activist. More than 25 nature lovers had gathered in front of Accenture near Diary Circle to save the trees on Saturday morning. The trees, which are more than 60 years old, have been marked in red for felling. "When the Metro station here is underground, why should they cut down these old trees which have a rich ecological value?" said Prasad. "The Metro station here will be similar to the one at Cubbon Park. They did not chop down a single tree for building the Cubbon Park Metro station. Why can't they adopt a similar model here?" asked Prasad. "It is illogical to destruct the green cover of the city," opined Kumar Jahgirdar, president, Children's Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), which led the ...
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46 trees cut down on Old Airport Road 11.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Despite overwhelming opposition, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has overnight felled 46 trees on Old Airport Road and is preparing to cut down 60 more to build a signal-free corridor. Hundreds of concerned citizens led by Vinayaka Nagar Residents' Welfare Association and activists will form a human chain on Sunday. "We petitioned the BBMP commissioner and the mayor two weeks ago requesting them not to cut down the trees for the signal-free corridor. But 46 trees with huge canopy have been cut down at Isro junction. Our complaints to the BBMP's forest cell have also failed. We have been forced to take to the streets to protest against the murder of more trees," said Aravind, a member of the RWA . The residents said some of the trees that have been marked for felling in future have large trunks with the size ranging from 300 cm to 400 cm in diameter. "Most of these trees are as tall as 25 metres. How can they cut such huge trees," they asked. However, Assistant Conservator of Forests N ...
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Fake 'builder' cons people of Rs 45L 11.8.2017
The Sanjaynagar police have arrested a conman on the charge of cheating people looking for flats, to the tune of Rs 45 lakh.

The suspect is identified as Anand (22), a resident of Thanisandra. He created fake documents in the name of a fictitious firm and claimed to be a builder involved in construction of a residential apartment at Patelappa Layout, Sanjaynagar.

Anand collected money from several people promising them flats. He had opened a bank account with fake documents and victims had deposited funds in the account, said the police.

Based on complaints by 16 victims, the police arrested Anand.

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Petition against tree felling 10.8.2017
Residents of Vinayakanagar are opposing tree cutting on Old Airport Road for the signal-free corridor project.

According to the report received by the residents, hundreds of trees on Old Airport Road will be chopped. Around 37 trees at Isro junction are already cut.

Opposing the move, residents will organise a human chain on August 13. An online petition on (, has already received support from around 3,700 people.

It aims to have 5,000 supporters to the cause.

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Online appointment for enquiries at Koramangala RPO 10.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Regional Passport Office (RPO), Koramangala, will launch an online appointment and queue system from August 14, 2017 for enquiries and passport related matters.
Passport applicants visiting RPO, Koramangala, for enquiries should take prior appointment through and be there at the allotted time.

Initially for one week, from August 14 to 18, both online and walk-in categories will be permitted. The walk-in categories will be stopped from August 21, except for senior citizens (aged above 60 years) and infants (aged below 3 years) and differently-abled citizens.

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Opposition to felling of trees on Old Airport Road 9.8.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Over 60 trees are expected to be felled to build a signal-free corridor
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Bengalurus residents to form human chain to protest trees 9.8.2017 TOI: Cities
To bring attention to yet another incident of trees being felled to make way for development works, the residents of Vinayakanagar/K.R. Gardens filed an online petition to save the trees marked for felling along the Old Airport Road.
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Jayanagar residents protest felling of trees to widen road 8.8.2017 Deccan Herald - News
There seems to be no end to tree felling in the city. Whether it's for road-widening or construction of Indira Canteens, many trees have been felled across Bengaluru. In the latest instance, two healthy raintrees in front of the BWSSB office at 36th Cross in Jayanagar 4th 'T' Block were cut down recently to widen the road, angering local residents. Praneeth Sargur, a resident of Jayanagar, demanded why the trees were felled when the road could have been widened around them. "They (BBMP) could have easily widened the road without cutting down these trees. There was enough space for vehicles. Tree felling was unnecessary," he protested. Another resident Jayaram K said: "The civic body has been permitting felling of trees without considering or evaluating the condition of the trees. If we, the residents, are so much concerned about a tree, what about forest department officials? They should be more responsible. Why are they so reckless towards old trees?" 'Disturbing to see' Vinay, a student who lives ...
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Red Sanders worth Rs 10 lakh seized 8.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The police have arrested three people who were trying to smuggle Red Sanders worth Rs 10 lakh in Tilaknagar on Monday.

The arrested have been identified as Arif (42), a resident of Someshwara Nagar, Harinath (28) of Kadapa and Thippaiah (35), a resident of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.

They were arrested based on a tip-off when they were waiting to deliver the wood to their clients. The police have also seized their car worth Rs 4 lakh, in which the wood was transported from Andhra Pradesh to the city. "They used to bring Red Sanders from forests in Kadapa, cut as per the size, dimension and design required by their customers," the police officials said.

Tilaknagar police booked the case.
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Sisters tie exotic rakhis on Raksha Bandhan 7.8.2017
There's nothing new about the unique relationship a sister and brother share. Raksha Bandhan only strengthens the bond. The city saw siblings celebrate the festival with much fervour on Monday. While sisters go looking for rakhis of different designs for their brothers, the latter strive to get some surprise gift for the sisters. From clothes, dolls and books to chocolates, the gift choices are endless. For those who stay apart, this occasion is for spending time with each other. For Chandan and Anusha, the festival has always been a special one. "I have never failed to tie a rakhi to my brother on this special day. My brother has been with me during my highs and lows. He deserves this day," said Anusha. She has bought a special LED rakhi for her brother. It is a complete box of chocolates that she gets in return. However, for Shubhangi and her brother Ankush, residents of Koramangala, the festival was all about being with each other more than tying the knot or gifts. "We do not need a specific day to ...
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RWA protests setting up Indira Canteen in park 5.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The protest by the residents of Tata Nagar in Bengaluru North, opposing the construction of Indira Canteen at a park, continued on Saturday too. But the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is in no mood to relent. The BBMP is constructing the canteen on the site, originally allotted for the development of a park. The High Court of Karnataka has ordered on Thursday, directing the Palike not to build any canteens on parks or playgrounds. But the local body is going ahead with its plan to set up canteen citing that the land in question is an open space, the aggrieved residents complained. "The canteen is being built on a plot which is allotted for the development of a park. The canteen is coming up in the middle of Hiranandani Apartment and Aadhaar enrollment office. It is a political gimmick. The canteen is meant for the poor and how will they find poor people here," asked Renuka Gopinath, a member of JRD Tata Nagar Residents' Welfare Association. On the day one of the protest on Friday, about 25 ...
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Neighbourhood peace, a thing of the past 5.8.2017
Many recent government projects have faced the public ire because citizens were not consulted. While the Chalukya Circle to Hebbal steel flyover project sparked widespread protests, the Sivananda Circle project too faced similar objections. This time, as many as 10,000 residents have filed objections to save the citys residential neighbourhoods from crass commercialisation. The state government's move to adopt the Common Zoning Regulations (CZR), which allows commercial establishments to be opened on roads that are 29.5 feet or wider, has met with stiff opposition. DH spoke to residents about the various implications of this measure. One common complaint of the residents has been that the government does not consult them before implementing any regulation. Matters such as these should definitely involve the citizens' views as they are going to be affected at the end of the day. Sridhar Pabbisetty, founder, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, says that the government is misusing the provision by allowing ...
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BBMP banks on loopholes to build canteens 4.8.2017 Deccan Herald - TOP STORIES RSS FEEDS
 Facing flak for using public spaces for the soon-to-open Indira Canteens, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has dusted out a November 2015 notification.According to the notification, the city has 283 designated open spaces that are neither parks nor playgrounds. The Kanakanapalya playground in Jayanagar 2nd block, for instance, where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is slated to launch the first Indira Canteen, is not a playground, according to the notification. It is an ‘open space meant for public use’. The notification was issued by the Urban Development Department under the Ka
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Traffix Citizen Forum deferred 4.8.2017
The Traffix Citizen Forum event scheduled for Saturday has been postponed as Bengaluru City Traffic Police officials are unavailable due to special bandobast duties.

Further information about the event will be communicated soon. Traffix The Problem-Citizen Forum, is a DH initiative to find solutions to increasing traffic woes of Bengaluru city. The inconvenience caused due to the postponement of the campaign is regretted.

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Universities have power to create exciting and inclusive cities: Here's how 4.8.2017 News
Collaboration between university, city officials offers way of reaching out to marginalised areas
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