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Bengaluru's polluted Bellandur lake catches fire 20.1.2018 Rediff: News
The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said.
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Citizens' meet today for walkers' rights 19.1.2018 Deccan Herald - City
A citizens group is demonstrating for pedestrian rights on Saturday. Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) has called a meeting on Richmond Circle on Saturday at 3.30 pm. Its campaign #NadiyaluBidi (Let Us Walk) has already kicked off on social media. "The city lacks in pedestrian infrastructure. We want roads where people can walk freely without any fear," said Srinivas Alavilli of CfB. More pedestrians in Bengaluru have died in accidents than other road users in 2017. The numbers are staggering: 284 pedestrians killed and 1,346 injured. Children, youth, college students and senior citizens are expected to join the initiative in large numbers. Tara Krishnaswamy, another CfB member, said, "The right to walk and pedestrian signals are one of the demands put forth by citizens as part of Beku Beda Santhe (a campaign that brings together people who have been fighting for various civic issues), organised last year." On Saturdays demonstration, Tara said, "The event is being organised to ask for the basic rights ...
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Bellandur lake catches fire 19.1.2018 General News
A huge fire emanated from the highly polluted Bellandur lake, the biggest water body of the city, giving anxious moments to hundreds of residents living nearby. The locals noticed huge clouds of smoke billowing from the lake replete with sewage, chemical effluents and construction debris. The fire was in the middle of the wetlands, fire brigade officials said. Soon pictures and videos of the smoke and fire went viral even as various government agencies and Defence personnel doused the blaze, which also raised concerns about apathy of civic agencies towards a recurring problem in the lake. According to Defence officials, a strongcontingent of 5,000 army jawans of the ASC centre led by Major General N S Rajpurohit doused the fire in the lake. Spread over 1,000 acres near the infotech hub, the lake is highly contaminated receiving 60 per cent of the sewage generated in the city. The lake is in bad shape despite the National Green Tribunal pulling up the government and its .
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Bengaluru's Bellandur lake catches fire 19.1.2018 BusinessLine - National
A huge fire emanated from the highly polluted Bellandur lake, the biggest water body of the city, giving anxious moments to hundreds of residents living nearby. The locals noticed huge clouds of sm...
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Suburban rail network project on track, if state agrees for FSI 18.1.2018 deccanherald.com
The Centre has offered to bear 50% of the project cost for building a suburban rail network, if the state can sanction Floor Space Index for the railway land. The announcement has cleared an important barrier in the states long-time demand of having a suburban rail network. The state government fixes the FSI through local bodies to determine the stress a building would put on civic amenities. FSI in Bengaluru is called Floor Area Ratio and is decided by the plot size and width of the road, among other factors. "We have studied the RITES report on the 160-km suburban railway for Bengaluru, about half of which will be on the elevated stretch," Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday. "We will place (the plan) before the Railway Board and finance officials." Goyal spoke after a surprise visit to the Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Station and a meeting with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, MP P C Mohan and officials of the South Western Railways Bengaluru division. While the new suburban ...
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BDA's tender to rebuild complex gets poor response 18.1.2018 deccanherald.com
The BDA finds itself in a tight spot as it has failed to find bidders to rebuild its complex in Indiranagar even after floating tender thrice. Its third attempt has managed to attract two applications, one of which has a political backing. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) had invited tenders to rebuild the dilapidated Indiranagar BDA Complex under public-private-partnership (PPP) first on March 24, 2015. It was cancelled as no bidders submitted the area-sharing statement. It again floated tenders for the second time on January 5, 2016. Now, it got only one application. But this time, the bidder cancelled the proposal citing the National Green Tribunal buffer zone regulation of 50 metres around stormwater drains as the reason. On August 23, 2017, the agency again invited the tenders and got the response from two applicants - MFAR Developers Limited and a joint venture by Maverick Holdings and Investments Private Limited; and Embassy Property Developments Private Limited. Interestingly, Bengaluru ...
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Lokayukta pulls up agencies over lakes 18.1.2018 Hindu: Cities
Sets 3-month deadline to remove encroachments
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Managing waste in Bengaluru: Incineration is avoidable 18.1.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Bengaluru has set out on a journey of managing its waste sustainably. Going for Waste to Energy plants that use incineration may not be a solution for this city. »
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After auditing pubs, BBMP to bring stringent fire safety norms for high-rises 17.1.2018 Deccan Herald - City
When it is done with the fire safety audits of pubs and bars, the BBMP would turn its focus on the residential apartments. The Mayor and city officials would meet with members of the residential associations to discuss implementing a foolproof fire safety plan to prevent major blazes. "Well have this meeting very soon," Mayor R Sampath Raj told Deccan Herald, as he urged residents to take fire safety seriously for their own good. Raj said the meeting would be part of the BBMPs budget preparing meeting with the Residence Welfare Associations. "Our officials would join forces with the fire department to inspect all residential and commercial buildings across the city," the Mayor said. Even before the focus could shift to the apartment buildings, some RWAs have begun complaining that the builders have overlooked safety norms. "Therere, indeed, instances of violation by the builders," admitted Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary of Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF). "Wed like to sit with BBMP and fire ...
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City suffering visual pollution in the form of illegal posters 17.1.2018 Hindu: Cities
Citizens suspect the BBMP does not have the will to crack down on the menace
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What Bengaluru needs to learn from our really “Swachh” cities 17.1.2018 Citizen Matters
Despite 65% segregation at source on paper and lofty plans, Bengaluru continues to wallow in the garbage it generates. What exactly could it learn from cities that are managing their waste better? ...
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Jan 20 for telcos to submit phone tower affidavits 16.1.2018 deccanherald.com

All telecom service providers and optical fibre companies must submit affidavits of their mobile phone towers and OFC cables in the city by January 20, the BBMP has said.

"The companies should map their towers and OFCs through the geographic information system (GIS). Once they submit the affidavits to the BBMP, ward engineers will take up a ground survey and update the GIS map. If we find out illegal mobile towers, we will issue notices to property owners, too," BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said.

To regulate the illegal mobile towers, the Urban Development Department published a draft policy in 2016. To set up a mobile tower, the civic body must be paid an installation fee of Rs 50,000.

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BBMP holds survey to trap tax evaders 16.1.2018 deccanherald.com
The BBMPs Tax and Finance Standing Committee has reached out to an external agency to identify building owners who have not paid property tax. The proposal to survey Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli zones will be approved at the next council meeting. The survey would distinguish tax for homes, sites and commercial units in the two zones. It would collect details of owners who have paid the tax and those who did not, while also ascertaining the reasons for non-payment. "The tax collected for 2017-18 did not match the demand," Tax and Finance Standing Committee chairman Mahadev M said. "We have asked for the survey to plug the tax leakage. After all, the civic body depends on the tax for its financial stability." He said BBMP officials would take action on those who failed to pay the tax based on the survey. In 2016-17 the civic body had collected Rs 1,700 crore until December. "Weve to prepare the budget depending on the tax we collect," Mahadev said. The BBMP would put up a board before the properties of ...
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Fire safety: BBMP in a quandary 16.1.2018 Hindu: News
Stopped inspecting establishments after owners moved HC challenging closure notice
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Fire Department to start inspection of roof-top pubs today 15.1.2018 Hindu: News
The deadline for implementation of fire safety norms has ended
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Indiranagar peace, lost forever 13.1.2018 deccanherald.com
Lost in the quietness of their tree-lined neighbourhoods, Bengalurus Indiranagar residents once lived a beautiful dream. But today, that vision from a different era lies completely in tatters. Blatant, unregulated commercialisation has trapped the residents in a chaotic twister of sleepless nights, encroached public spaces, over-stretched amenities and traffic that never seems to end. On the main roads of this sprawling area, zonal regulations remain deeply compromised. Buildings, ominously commercial in design and intent, have sprung up all over without setbacks, without even a token respect to the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) rules. The audacity of these violations has left everyone wondering: Why did the civic agencies permit this? Bribery, nepotism The message is loud and clear: Rules were flouted. Yet, Occupancy Certificates, trade licenses, power and water connections were issued in a jiffy. The all-clear go-aheads had corruption, bribery, nepotism and a system gone horribly wrong written in big, bold ...
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Bengaluru is not monkeying around 13.1.2018 Hindu: Energy & Environment
Loss of trees has led to urban primates raiding apartments; proposal to move them to rehab centre
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Bengaluru’s sewage treatment plants have no standard design 13.1.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Why did three workers have to die while cleaning a sewage treatment plant? What in the system failed the workers? »
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BBMP school, college students yet to get uniforms 12.1.2018 Hindu: Cities
Civic body cites poor response to tender
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Make Bengaluru Second Capital of India: Karnataka Minister Urges PM Modi 12.1.2018 Top India News- News18.com
Deshpande in the letter wrote, if Bengaluru is made the second capital of the country, it will help in creating newer opportunities in trade, cultural exchange and scientific and industrial innovation in the city.
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