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Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike: Resident welfare associations oppose panel on commercial activities | Bengaluru News - Times of India 6.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike: Resident welfare associations oppose panel on commercial activities | Bengaluru News - Times of India
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Waste water worries 4.2.2017 deccanherald.com
Wonder why Bengaluru's lakes remain so hopelessly polluted and dead? Blame the notoriously inefficient systems set up to treat the enormous volumes of waste water generated by the city. If this is not addressed on priority, will big Master Plans and decentralised treatment work? This question agitates every Bengalurean invited to respond to the grand ideas put forth by the Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2031. When the new Plan talks about more Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and mandating apartment owners to treat their waste water themselves, they ask: Why did the old plan fail? Completion of the underground drainage (UGD) network was high on RMP 2015's priority list. But today, the UGD network on the city's outlying areas is complete only in stretches. Implication: Huge gaps in the network, leading to direct flow of untreated sewage into the lakes. This problem, as Ajit Sequeira from Whitefield Rising points out, is acutely pronounced in Mahadevapura, where the UGD lines end up in Varthur lake. There is no ...
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Waste water worries 4.2.2017 deccanherald.com
Wonder why Bengaluru's lakes remain so hopelessly polluted and dead? Blame the notoriously inefficient systems set up to treat the enormous volumes of waste water generated by the city. If this is not addressed on priority, will big Master Plans and decentralised treatment work? This question agitates every Bengalurean invited to respond to the grand ideas put forth by the Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2031. When the new Plan talks about more Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and mandating apartment owners to treat their waste water themselves, they ask: Why did the old plan fail? Completion of the underground drainage (UGD) network was high on RMP 2015's priority list. But today, the UGD network on the city's outlying areas is complete only in stretches. Implication: Huge gaps in the network, leading to direct flow of untreated sewage into the lakes. This problem, as Ajit Sequeira from Whitefield Rising points out, is acutely pronounced in Mahadevapura, where the UGD lines end up in Varthur lake. There is no ...
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Citizens deliberate on a people's vision for Bengaluru 2.2.2017 Citizen Matters

An informal citizen meeting explored the possibilities of a proactive engagement with planning/governance of Bengaluru, in view of preparation of revised master plan for the city.

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BDA forced to rethink on reducing green space in city 1.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bangalore Development Authority's (BDA) proposal in the master plan 2031 to reduce green spaces in the city to make way for more urbanisation has not gone down well with Bengalureans. Citizens' outrage during public consultations forced the BDA to re-look at the city's green belt while drafting the master plan. In some feedback forms, people questioned the government on what measures it has taken to save lakes from encroachment and to create new parks in the earmarked civic amenity sites. One of the options the BDA had listed for developing the city for 2031 was to shift green spaces, except listed parks and playgrounds, to border areas of Bengaluru and create 100- to 150-acre sparks. A BDA town planning official told DH that people opposed a change in the land use pattern in the city. "We were thinking of opening part of the 419 sq km of the existing agricultural and green zone for development and create another 400 acres of green space in 251 villages around the city. This was proposed because ...
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BDA forced to rethink on reducing green space in city 1.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bangalore Development Authority's (BDA) proposal in the master plan 2031 to reduce green spaces in the city to make way for more urbanisation has not gone down well with Bengalureans. Citizens' outrage during public consultations forced the BDA to re-look at the city's green belt while drafting the master plan. In some feedback forms, people questioned the government on what measures it has taken to save lakes from encroachment and to create new parks in the earmarked civic amenity sites. One of the options the BDA had listed for developing the city for 2031 was to shift green spaces, except listed parks and playgrounds, to border areas of Bengaluru and create 100- to 150-acre sparks. A BDA town planning official told DH that people opposed a change in the land use pattern in the city. "We were thinking of opening part of the 419 sq km of the existing agricultural and green zone for development and create another 400 acres of green space in 251 villages around the city. This was proposed because ...
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Traffic speeds keep going down in city 31.1.2017 deccanherald.com
How quickly can you get across the city? For most commuters, this is a fundamental question about average vehicular speeds, the answer to which influences policies linked to mobility, traffic management and congestion. An officially sanctioned study of vehicular speeds in the city based on real-time traffic was conducted in 2008 by consultancy firm, Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES). The result was alarming:18 kmph. In the run-up to finalise its Revised Master Plan 2031 (RMP-2031), the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) informs that the traffic speeds in 2015 averaged 11 kmph. It attributes this to the rising number of vehicle trips per day that stands at a whopping 90 lakh. Left unaddressed, the speeds will drop even further to 8 kmph. Peak-hour vehicular speeds will be down to 5 kmph in 2031. Focused on the central business district (CBD), an independent study by the Consortium of Traffic Engineers and Safety Trainers (CTEST) had revealed this:Vehicles that zipped past at 35 kmph ...
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SpiceJet ready to shift part of its operations to Delhi's Terminal 2 31.1.2017 Latest News
DIAL has asked three airlines to shift operations from T1D to T2 to carry out expansion work
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Steel flyover row: Beda Brigade threatens to hit the street again 29.1.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Steel flyover row: Beda Brigade threatens to hit the street again
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‘With multiple alternatives, argument for steel flyover has fizzled out’ 29.1.2017 Hindu: Cities
With two alternative roads to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and suburban rail project taking off, the central argument for a steel flyover on Ballari Road itself has fizzled out, volunteers ...
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Segregation at source, only solution for garbage menace 28.1.2017 deccanherald.com
Can the challenges of Solid Waste Management in Bengaluru be addressed through the Revised Master Plan 2031, public consultations for which are currently on? To seek the public views and suggestions on what the plan document says, DH interacts with a cross-section of Bengalureans. N S Ramakanth, a founder of the Solid Waste Management Round Table, disagrees with the waste generation figures put out by RMP 2031. He reasons that the numbers can be reduced only when the segregation is done at source. "In India, we produce about 60% -65% of kitchen or wet waste and rest is dry waste. Once this is segregated, there is scope for recycling." He says the problem can be solved only when the government takes initiative to decentralise the system. "To decentralise, we have suggested dry waste collectors' point at every zone." Any amount of waste can be recycled with the help of bio-gas or compost plant. "Such plants should be constructed in all wards. With stringent norms and discipline at all levels, we can ...
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Waste figures for 2031 inflated 28.1.2017 deccanherald.com
The Revised Master Plan 2031 has apparently laid the foundation for a perennially bigger garbage scam in the future. The Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) has projected the city's population to be about two crores in 2031. The garbage generation will be 18,390 Tonnes Per Day (TPD). At present, the city's population is 1.2 crore. The projected figure has baffled many including BBMP's joint commissioner of solid waste management, Sarfaraz Khan. "Of course, the increase in population in Bengaluru will give rise to economic activities and garbage generation will shoot up. But it is not possible that the waste generation will be 18,000 TPD. At the most, it can double from the existing 4,000 TPD (in Palike limits) but it cannot be 18,000 TPD," says Khan. At the Bengaluru Vision Group meeting in 2016, former BBMP commissioner Siddaiah had stressed that currently the waste generation in the city is not more than 2,500 TPD and a substantial amount of waste is not going for processing. He had said that the ...
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Zero waste to landfills 28.1.2017 deccanherald.com
Battling the recurring garbage crises has never been Bengaluru's forte. The daily output exceeds 6,000 MT, and yet, the city has no clue managing the waste smartly. How does it then plan to tackle an estimated 18,390 MT of garbage by 2031? The Revised Master Plan 2031, now in public consultation mode, talks about the need for more land for landfills. Is that an admission of defeat? Why the fixation with landfills when the earlier plans had stressed on segregation, recycling and by implication, a drastic reduction in trucks heading out? Poor segregation record Despite well publicized campaigns, segregation of waste at source has not picked up pace. Local, ward-level treatment of waste has largely remained on paper. Meanwhile, the powerful corporator-official-garbage contractor nexus remains strong as ever, determined to keep the trucks loaded. In 2009, when the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) prepared a Solid Waste Management Master Plan, the waste generated was taken as 5,033 MT / day. ...
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Zero waste to landfills 28.1.2017 deccanherald.com
Battling the recurring garbage crises has never been Bengaluru's forte. The daily output exceeds 6,000 MT, and yet, the city has no clue managing the waste smartly. How does it then plan to tackle an estimated 18,390 MT of garbage by 2031? The Revised Master Plan 2031, now in public consultation mode, talks about the need for more land for landfills. Is that an admission of defeat? Why the fixation with landfills when the earlier plans had stressed on segregation, recycling and by implication, a drastic reduction in trucks heading out? Poor segregation record Despite well publicized campaigns, segregation of waste at source has not picked up pace. Local, ward-level treatment of waste has largely remained on paper. Meanwhile, the powerful corporator-official-garbage contractor nexus remains strong as ever, determined to keep the trucks loaded. In 2009, when the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) prepared a Solid Waste Management Master Plan, the waste generated was taken as 5,033 MT / day. ...
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Steel flyover row: CfB warns Bangalore Development Authority over preparatory works 28.1.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Steel flyover row: CfB warns Bangalore Development Authority over preparatory works
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Irked by BDA's 'apathy', residents walk out of master plan meet 27.1.2017 deccanherald.com
Agitated people walked out of the public consultation meeting on the draft of Bengaluru Master Plan-2031 that was organised by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) in Mahadevapura zone on Friday. People sought to know what had happened to the master plan-2015. Some land losers staged a walkout as they had not been paid compensation by the BDA till date. Ajit Sequira, member of Whitefield Rising said they staged a walkout from the consultation meet as officials failed to explain how much of the previous master plan has been implemented. "Some of the proposals listed in the master plan-2015 were good. But they did not have any interim review report of what they have done and what corrections need to be incorporated in the new one," he said. Amarnath M, a resident of Doddagubbi in Byrati village said that many like him have lost their lands for the formation of the proposed Peripheral Ring Road. But till date there has been sign of compensation to them. The BDA has not acquired the land and have done ...
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'NGT ignored master plan for B'luru' 27.1.2017 deccanherald.com
The National Green Tribunal didn't take into account the revised master plan for Bengaluru when it extended the buffer zone around lakes to 75 metres, a group of land owners told the Supreme Court on Friday. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the owners, said nobody had challenged the revised 2015 master plan, fixing the buffer at 30 metres. The NGTmade it 75 metres in May 2016, and changed the real estate landscape of the city, he contended. The bench, comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Prafulla C Pant, said it would hear the matter once the pleadings were done. Sibal, Uday Holla and K Shashi Kiran Shetty are appearing for the petitioners, while Abhishek M Singhvi represents the NGOForward Foundation. More than a dozen appeals have been filed against the NGOorder passed in response to a plea by Forward Foundation and others. The apex court had earlier refused to stay the NGTorder, setting a higher buffer threshold for the lakes. The top court, however, had stayed the NGT penalties of Rs 117 ...
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Master plan by BDA unconstitutional 26.1.2017 Deccan Herald - Opinion
The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has been conducting public consultations to prepare a Revised Master Plan 2031 for the city. But this is unconstitutional as, in conformity with the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act (74th CAA), the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act of 1976 states that there shall be a Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPC) to prepare a 'Draft Development Plan' for Bengaluru. The MPC has two-thirds membership of elected representatives of the third tier of government, that is, the municipalities and the panchayats in the area. The commissioner of BDA is only to be the secretary of the MPC. Implicit in the constitutional amendment is the objective that the state government should devolve planning powers for metropolitan areas to the third tier of government and desist from itself making plans for them. But the state government has retained the provisions of the Karnataka Town & Country Planning Act (KTCPA), 1961, which makes the BDA itself, which is under state government ...
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Residents take BDA to task at meet on master plan 25.1.2017 deccanherald.com
There was chaos at the Bengaluru Development Authority's (BDA) public consultation on the Bengaluru master plan 2031 at Yelahanka zone on Wednesday. Locals, farmers and land losers of north Bengaluru were so agitated that they didn't even let the BDA complete its presentation on the pre-draft of the proposed master plan. People grabbed the microphones to address the officials who, according to them, had come for the first time to seek their opinion. The BDA was holding the meeting for residents of Bettahalasur, Ganiganahalli, Hunsamaranahalli, Kannur, Marenahalli, Rajanakunte, Shivakote, Singanayakanahalli, Amanikere and Sonnappanahalli. Residents of north Bengaluru demanded basic facilities before the city is developed any further. They demanded adequate water supply and proper roads, which were lacking in the fast-growing localities. P Nagaraj, a former taluk board member, questioned the capability of BDA and the government. "How can the BDA think of expanding further when it is yet to pay dues to land ...
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Parallel process to make master plan more implementable 25.1.2017 deccanherald.com
Is there a way to make the roadmap for Bengaluru work with implementable goals? Can the Revised Master Plan 2031 gain from a parallel process/framework with an actionable five-year roadmap, complete with quantified goals, milestones, defined ownership and quarterly performance monitoring? The ongoing public consultation process for RMP-2031 has raised concerns of transparency. Citizens and experts, who have given their inputs, fear that the draft plan may remain unchanged. The third consultation meet had just one BDA member. Infosys cofounder N R Narayana Murthy had championed an alternative process to draw up a Bengaluru Blueprint for the future. Facilitated by Jana Urban Space and Janaagraha, nine sectors were identified: Mobility, water supply and sanitation, solid waste management, power, governance, financial management, equity and inclusion, and city rejuvenation. Over 70 residents welfare associations, 80 opinion leaders and 1,000 citizens had given their inputs for the framework. Following a ...
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