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Citizens urge govt to streamline solid waste management 24.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Resident welfare associations (RWAs), NGOs and members of the public staged a protest against garbage mafia on Sunday demanding the government to streamline solid waste management (SWM) in the city and bring transparency and accountability in the sector. Voicing their support to the state government's measures, they demanded that along with the direct payment method and biometric attendance for pourakarmikas, BBMP should fast implement the GPS-based monitoring of the garbage trucks. The protest comes in the wake of the state government invoking Essential Services Maintenance Act to make garbage contractors fall in line after they stopped waste collection. Garbage contractors have opposed the government's decision to make direct payments to pourakarmikas, which will essentially take away their hold on civic workers. The government has planned biometric attendance system to remove bogus pourakarmikas from the pay list. Blacklist "It is high time the government blacklists contractors who are part of the ...
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Strike withdrawn, but waste yet to be cleared off many streets 24.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A day after the state government invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against garbage contractors and pourakarmikas, sanitation workers were back to work on Sunday. Most of them were seen lifting garbage across the city. For the third time in three months, the contractors went on a flash protest on Saturday against the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) decision to implement the direct payment system for pourakarmikas. The strike brought waste clearance to a halt. Although pourakarmikas have withdrawn the protest, garbage collection in some parts of the city remained affected on Sunday. The festive season added to the problem. "We can understand the problem of the poor pourakarmikas. The government and the BBMP should act fast and oblige them with what they are asking for. The tussle between the authorities and pourakarmikas is creating garbage problems. For the last two days, the BBMP has failed to address the issue," Muthu Raj, of Vyalikaval, said. Kavitha R, of Rajajinagar, ...
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Government asks ACB to probe garbage scam 24.9.2017 deccanherald.com
The Urban Development Department (UDD) has asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau to probe the financial scam by BBMP garbage contractors, in the name of 6,600 fictitious pourakarmikas.

The contractors are said to have cheated the Palike of Rs 934 crore for paying employees, who exist only on paper.

According to the UDD, 83 contractors had cheated the civic body of Rs 550 crore for paying salaries to the fictitious pourakarmikas. These contractors had also not remitted provident fund and ESI contributions, which come to Rs 384 crore.

A survey conducted by the State Safai Karmachari Commission found that there were only 12,400 pourakarmikas as against 19,000 shown by the garbage contractors.


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The idea that used to be Bangalore 24.9.2017 Hindu: Lead
The city has to revive itself because it embodied a sense of hope of what India could be
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Manual scavenging: This is caste violence, says CPI (ML) activist Divya Bharathi 24.9.2017 ET: Opinion
For her efforts and activism against manual scavenging, CPI (ML) activist Divya Bharathi was forced to be on the run till recently.
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State invokes ESMA to check garbage crisis 23.9.2017 deccanherald.com
In the wake of garbage contractors threatening to disrupt waste collection in Bengaluru, the state government on Saturday invoked ESMA, prohibiting pourakarmikas and other staff from going on strike for the next one year. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah directed the Urban Development Department to invoke Section 3 of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), which empowers the state government to crack down on protests and strikes that disrupt public services. All pourakarmikas, auto tippers, compact loaders and drivers employed directly by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) or through contractors cannot strike work for the next one year. The ESMA provision covers both pourakarmikas under contract as well as those on the civic body's rolls, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad clarified. The move comes months ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections and at a time when the state government and the BBMP are facing the heat from the public over the recent rain-related chaos. A garbage crisis now, in ...
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CIVIC demands a procedure for nomination of ward committee members 22.9.2017 Citizen Matters
With no set procedure for nominating members, the kith and kin of the corporators and politicians have infiltrated ward committees. How to tackle this to make more common people get into the committee? CIVIC has recommended a procedure. »
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BBMP to shift power lines on TenderSure roads 21.9.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been entrusted with shifting Bescom power lines along roads taken up under TenderSure.

Bengaluru Development Minister K J George held a meeting with top BBMP and Bescom officials to ensure better coordination between the two civic agencies. There was confusion on which agency should shift Bescom power lines along the stretches taken up for development under TenderSure.

According to official sources, it was decided at the meeting that BBMP will take up the task of shifting the power lines along the stretches already taken up for development, while Bescom will do the shifting for all projects that will be taken up in the future.
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New machines to fill city's potholes, level roads 21.9.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will use Micro Milling machines to fill potholes on the citys roads. The civic body has taken the decision as Rapid Set and Python machines — used earlier to fill the potholes — did not give the desired results. Using the Micro Milling machines will cost the BBMP Rs 80 lakh. "Our engineers will identify the spots where the base is weak. We will strengthen the base and mill the road," B S Prahallad, Superintending Engineer, Road and Infrastructure and TVCC, BBMP, said. The Micro Milling machine was used on Ballari Road on a trial basis on Thursday. "Some modifications have to be made in the machine to make it adapt to the citys roads and give better results," Prahallad said. On both the edges of every road, two niches will be dug to let the water drain. The method will not only prevent water from stagnating on the road but also avoid potholes. The machines, sourced from Pune, will ensure micro-surfacing of soil, which will avoid the patchwork of ...
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Report on lake encroachments in Bengaluru held up 21.9.2017 Hindu: Home
Signatures of seven House committee members awaited
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BBMP issues notices to Subramanyapura lake encroachers 20.9.2017 deccanherald.com
The BBMP issued notices to the slum dwellers of Subramanyapura lake on Wednesday, asking them to vacate the place. This is part of the civic bodys effort to clear the lake of encroachments. The notices have been issued to about 30 slum dwellers and they have been asked to vacate the place in two days. "We will not move from this place. They have pasted the notices on the doors of houses which were closed, but we will not go anywhere," said the residents. A senior BBMP official said, "We have provided flats built by the Slum Development Authority to these people. Even then, these residents are not ready to vacate." "We have taken up a project to revive the lake at a cost of Rs 3 crore. This lake was neglected for the last 10 years. We will see to it that the sewage water does not enter the lake. We will build a pathway along the lake for visitors to walk. These houses, situated in the middle of the lake, have been coming in the way of our work," he said. Uttarahalli corporator Hanumantaiah said, "The ...
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Free cardiac treatment for underprivileged 20.9.2017 deccanherald.com
Two underprivileged patients from each of the 198 wards in Bengaluru, who have problems related to heart will now be given free treatment, according to BBMP. Speaking to media persons, M K Gunashekar, chairman, BBMPs Standing Committee on Tax and Finance, said that the civic body has tied up with Victoria and Jayadeva Hospitals for this facility. The underprivileged patients, who need to undergo cardiac treatment- Angioplasty or insertion of stent in the heart, have to approach the area corporator who will give a letter to one of these two hospitals where they will be entitled to get free treatment. "I had suggested this scheme during the budget and an amount of Rs 4 crore was allotted. We have finalised the talks with these two hospitals," Gunashekar said . While Jayadeva Hospital will be given an amount of Rs 3.5 crore for this scheme, Victoria Hospital will be given an amount of Rs 50 lakh. He also said that about 400 patients will be benefit from this scheme this year. "We have spoken to the chief ...
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Business houses to be fined for paying less tax 20.9.2017 deccanherald.com
At least 55 commercial establishments including Manyata Tech Park, Garuda Mall, Lalith Ashok, ITC Gardenia in eight zones of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have been asked to pay a penalty for under-assessing their property tax. M K Gunashekar, chairman, BBMP standing committee of tax and finance said that these commercial establishments will be given a demand notice soon since the civic body is suffering losses. "I have called for a special meeting today with the joint commissioner of finance for discussions and to issue the demand notice immediately. These establishments will have a month's time to pay the penalty," said Gunashekar. "By manually surveying 10-12 properties, we have compiled this list of 55 commercial establishments across eight zones in the city. It amounts to Rs 28 crore in the South zone alone," he said. Total station survey, which was undertaken in May earlier this year, was started from Mahadevapura zone. According to the survey, Ness Technologies in Koramangala has paid ...
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Mumbai rains LIVE: Heavy downpour batters city, schools, colleges shut 20.9.2017 India Today| Must Read
Mumbai is witnessing heavy rains. Road, rail and air traffic have been hit. Schools and colleges are shut. Here's all the latest updates.
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Reimagining Mayors 19.9.2017 Citizen Matters
While Bengaluru’s Mayor is seen as a powerless figurehead, it is time to change the narrative. We need to believe in the idea of an empowered and visionary mayor who can lead, like in the rest of the world. ...
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Reimagining Mayors 19.9.2017 Citizen Matters
While Bengaluru’s Mayor is seen as a powerless figurehead, it is time to change the narrative. We need to believe in the idea of an empowered and visionary mayor who can lead, like in the rest of the world. ...
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Take part in “If I were the Bengaluru Mayor” writing contest, win cash prize! 19.9.2017 Citizen Matters
Take part in “If I were the Bengaluru Mayor” writing contest, win cash prize!
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After success of Devanahalli FSTP, plans to set up more 19.9.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Second plant is likely to come up at Gowribidanur in Chickballapur district
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People's Problems 17.9.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Repair dusty, muddy road The road from Sahakaranagar railway gate to the railway overbridge and the Hanuman Temple and further to Big Market has become worse as huge pits have formed on it. It needs urgent attention. Around 50 tractors have been carrying and dumping mud on a particular plot in Kodigehalli every day for several months now. We are having a dust problem. Roads have deposits of mud, too. Mala Bhargava Hoarding blocks footpath A large hoarding has been put up on East End Main Road, after the Carmel Convent bus stop, condoling the death of someone in the neighbourhood. The hoarding has blocked the entire footpath and fully masked a government notification. Can anyone put up such hoardings, causing inconvenience to the general public? The BBMP does have rules and regulations about putting up hoardings but it does not have the machinery to enforce them. All over the city, we come across hoardings that express good wishes, happiness and condolences. Since the BBMP is not able to take any action, ...
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The perils of negotiating pot-holed roads 16.9.2017 deccanherald.com
Incessant rains are not the only reason why the roads in Bengaluru are in poor shape. The blame should be equally shared by the civic authorities for the shoddy road works, complain motorists across the city. They are unanimous in their observation: The potholes reflect the poor quality work of the Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The BBMP commissioner goes on night inspections to monitor the ongoing pothole-filling drive in the city. But citizens feel it will be of no help if the repair is of low quality and the continuing downpour will make it worse. Roads in and around Nagasandra main road, APMC Gate, Yeshwanthpura, Seshadripuram, Gandhinagar 8th Main Road, Tumakuru Road, Dasarahalli, Srirampura and Malleshwaram are dotted with potholes and craters. Due to the poor drainage infrastructure, water stagnates at many spots resulting in more potholes. Mallesh Gowda, a resident of Yeshwanthpur has this to say: "For the past three months, the main road as well as the service road near KLE dental ...
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