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Invisible public toilets 16.12.2017 deccanherald.com
A wannabe world city that wears its tech tag with enormous pride has barely 475 public toilet complexes to serve a population exceeding 1.1 crore! If men struggle in this inglorious mess, imagine the plight of Bengalurus women in their teeming millions. To spot a public toilet complex even in the citys relatively better equipped Central Business District (CBD) is a tough task. In their frantic search for a safe, clean, well-maintained public toilet, women often fail. Is this how a city with smart city ambitions rides its Swachh Bharat dream? Big gaps in last-mile connectivity between mass transport options and office / home inevitably mean long walks for women. To answer natures call, the only option would be to step into a restaurant or a private facility, which could be tough. Daily struggle Shwetha Rao, a senior manager of a private firm, had experienced it first hand on a shopping visit to Gandhinagar. "There was absolutely no sign of a public toilet. The restaurants were crowded. It was a ...
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BBMP vows to close unlicensed pubs in Indiranagar 16.12.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Pubs and bars operating without trade licences at residential areas in Indiranagar will be evicted soon. The BBMP has directed its officials in the east zone to slap notices on commercial establishments functioning in residential areas, many of which operate openly or without name boards. With the BBMP struggling to implement the high court direction to clear commercial activities from residential areas, its joint commissioner, east zone, Dr Ashok on Saturday met residents of Indiranagar at Mayo Hall. He directed Dr Siddappaji, health officer (east), and Sanamitra, medical officer of health, CV Raman Nagar, to slap notices on the illegal establishments disturbing the residents. Dr Ashok said he would go on an inspection in Indiranagar on December 22 and will immediately close bars and pubs functioning in residential blocks without a trade licence. The joint commissioner will also see if the shops had violated the building code or fire safety norms. "The officials assured us of immediate action against ...
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Politics in flood compensation? 16.12.2017 Hindu: Home
Several households claim they have been deprived of compensation while local MLA terms it ‘political gimmick’
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‘Sanjay Memorial skywalk’ likely to be a reality soon 16.12.2017 Hindu: Home
Residents of Bellandur had formed a human chain on December 6 to highlight their demand for a skywalk after a 19-year-old security guard was hit by a car
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Announcing ‘Master the Master Plan’ – awareness and analysis contest! 16.12.2017 Citizen Matters
Get to know what master plan is all about, think about it, write and win prize! Engage in making Bengaluru better! ...
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Integrated townships should have roads of 24 meter width: BDA master plan 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Bangalore Development Authority plans to set up an integrated townships in order to ease traffic on citys main and arterial roads. In the provisional revised master plan 2031, the BDA has specified guidelines to set up townships according to which integrated townships can come up only in areas where minimum width of the access road is 24 metres. The authority has specified that the township area should be at least 25 hectares from the approach road which is of the width of 24 metres. The 2015 master plan had set a limit of 50 metres, which has now been reduced. According to a BDA official, there are many big apartment complexes (with and without facilities) and gated communities that have narrow roads. However, with the revised master plan, the width of the road will have to be maintained. This was also one of the suggestions citizens made during the BDAs public consultation meetings held in May and June. Talks are on with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials to request those applying for ...
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Techies' solution for ORR traffic chaos may produce one more flyover 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The increasing nightmare of traffic snarls on the Outer Ring Road, especially along the stretch connecting the Hebbal flyover and Horamavu, may be eased with a touch of innovation from the tech community. But their idea of adding one more layer to the already confusing labyrinth of flyovers in the area has triggered some concerns. Consultants from Embassy Tech Village have proposed an extra ramp to link Nagawara and Veeranapallya flyovers, with an extension to the Manyata Tech Park. The Embassy Group has agreed to sponsor the project. On Friday, the consultants made a presentation to Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, Mayor Sampath Raj, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development, Mahendra Jain and BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad. "We have obtained an in-principle approval from BBMP," said Rajendra Prasad, a director with the Embassy Group, who was part of Fridays meeting. "We will get the go-ahead after submitting the details and the drawings to the BBMP and the BMRCL. We will be spending ...
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STP battle leaves officials in a bind 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Confusion reigns among officials a day after the government said it would relax rules making sewage treatment plants compulsory for apartment complexes. Minister K J George announced the suspension of the penalty clause on Thursday, but officials said they would have to follow contrary instructions from the National Green Tribunal. George, who handles the Bengaluru development and town planning portfolios, said contentious rules on STPs would be amended soon, and the BBMP would pass a resolution adopting them. Following a hue and cry over retrospective implementation of the STP rule, George said it would only be implemented prospectively. Older apartments, represented by the Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF), had taken to the streets to oppose mandatory STPs for them. Apartment complexes with 20 houses or less, which have already linked their sewers to underground drainage, are exempted from installing compulsory STPs, George said. About 50+ blocks Reiterating what DH reported on December 14, BWSSB ...
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Deep in debt, BBMP may miss municipal bond bus 15.12.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
The civic body has a loan burden of ₹1,348 crore; Union Minister says he is ‘disappointed’ that the city could not raise money on its own
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Urban local bodies should not depend on govts: Union minister 14.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Urban local bodies and other local government agencies should not depend on aid from state and central government and learn to become self-reliant, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said. At a seminar on Smart Urban Planning for 21st Century: Challenges and Choices, Puri said no other state and central governments in the world gives as much aid to government local agencies as they do in India. "Cities like Hyderabad and Pune are mobilising resources through bonds. Other cities should explore such options," he said. He suggested that the development work in Bengaluru can be funded by increasing property tax, enforcing solid waste management rules and similar steps. "The best liveable cities have fewer vehicles with people giving more importance to walking and cycling. We should implement such system," he said. Thumbs up to Karnataka govt Earlier, after reviewing the progress of central government scheme, the minister appreciated the governments performance in ...
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Soil testing underway for BBMP's 2nd longest flyover 14.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Work on BBMPs second-longest flyover on the Koramangala 100 ft road has progressed, with the soil testing underway. The flyover between Kendriya Sadan Junction and Ejipura Main Road-Inner Ring Road junction is next to only the Balagangadharanatha Swami Flyover on Mysore Road. Running for a distance of 2.4 km, it will be built at a cost of Rs 203 crore. The project is funded under the Chief Ministers City Development Plan and the contract is with the Simplex Infrastructure Private Limited. "The soil testing at the depth of 20 metres will be completed at Kendriya Sadana and Ejipura Main Road. With 62 pillars, the soil testing will be done at four spots for each pillar. The testing work will take a month after which the civil work on the pillars will begin," said K T Nagaraj, the BBMP Chief Engineer for Road and Infrastructure (Planning). The pillars will be built using precasting technology, he said. "We have identified the place for casting yard. The parts will be cast and assembled at the spot. The ...
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Land norms for PU colleges to be relaxed 14.12.2017 Hindu: News
Draft notification on easing rules sent to Law Department
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Trees cut in Rajarajeshwarinagar, residents file complaint 13.12.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar have filed a complaint with the local police against the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for illegally cutting trees on Tuesday. The BBMP forest cell is haphazardly issuing notices to cut down the trees in the locality. To stop this the complaint has been filed, the residents said. "A tree was cut yesterday (Tuesday) claiming that it was posing a threat to the pedestrians. But it would have been enough had they cut a few branches on the top. However, the entire tree was axed," said Joe Hoover, a nearby resident. "This is not the first time that they are indulging in such activities. They have marked another tree to raze it down. The forest officer Bhanu Prakash, deputy forest range officer and the BBMP are very lenient when it comes to giving permission to chop trees. We have lost 40 and odd trees just for lame reasons," he added. Sometimes, they cut the trees just to give a better visibility to commercial shops covered with tree branches. This is certainly ...
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Janaspandana in Rajajinagar on Saturday 12.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Residents of Rajajinagar Assembly constituency can air their problems at Janaspandana - Citizens for Change, the civic grievance redress platform provided by DH and Prajavani, December 16. The programme will be held at Rajarajeshwari Kalyana Mantapa near the RTO office in Rajajinagar 2nd Block. MLA S Suresh Kumar, along with officers from the BBMP, Bescom, the BWSSB and the police will take part. Residents can air grievances on waste segregation, bad roads, streetlights, maintenance of parks and playgrounds, etc. Those interested can register at the venue from 9 am onwards on December 16. The programme will start at 10 am. You can also register online by writing to janaspandana@printersmysore. co.in or #PVJanaspandana on Twitter. For details, call 9448701058 (between 9 am to 5 pm). DH News ...
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BWSSB will spare most apartments from fine for not possessing OC 12.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The BWSSB would ask for Occupancy Certificate to residences with five kitchens and commercial areas with more than 300 square metres, sparing a large number of flats from penalty. The Board has been charging a fine on those flats that obtain water connection without producing OC. With the penalty hurting a large number of residents, the issue was raised at a special council meeting of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to which BWSSB Chairman Tushar Girinath was invited. "According to Karnataka Municipal Act, we are supposed to give OCs for residential spaces with more than five kitchens, irrespective of the floor on which they are located," BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said. "OCs is given for commercial spaces when they are bigger than 300 sq meters." Following the clarification, Girinath assured that the BWSSB will seek OCs only for those residential and commercial spaces falling within the mentioned stipulation and will not penalize other flats and apartment complexes. However, at ...
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Set for a short ride home 12.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Ever watched The Jetsons and wondered how you could get into one of those pod taxis and swoosh to your destination? This could soon be a reality in Bengaluru because the BBMP has planned to introduce the Personal Rapid Transit System (pod taxi service) near the Metro Stations and bus stations (in selected stretches). With dug-up roads and traffic snarls becoming a part of ones routine, this proposal is being welcomed by citizens. Despite limited feeder bus services from Metro stations and connecting buses from bus stations, these pod taxis could be a blessing in disguise for those who depend on public transport, vouches Usha Iyengar, a teacher and resident of Kengeri. "Imagine a break from commuting on bad roads, blaring horns and road rage? What more could you ask for? A pod taxi service at places like Silk Board junction or in Whitefield would cut down on so many hours of travel time," she says. Usha points out that once such a service is introduced, it should be available every three to five ...
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DH 2017: Bengaluru! you're at POINT BLANK: The fall and the rise of the city 12.12.2017 deccanherald.com
6. "Do bans really work?" ask people on the street There have been arguments in favour of keeping highways free from the pub menace. A regular, heavy drinker would keep stock in his or her vehicle, but it is better not to attract an occasional drinker towards liquor with an outlet on the way. 7. Wrong parking, overspeeding, the nightmares Many areas in the city have turned accident-prone zones due, primarily, to a large number of private buses violating traffic rules. The police list out common complaints against private buses: Wrong parking, stopping buses on roads to pick up passengers, overspeeding, signal-jumping, pick-up point on congested roads, competing with rival operators and government buses, besides overloading. 8. African students, bridging divides Trapped in the cross-fire of cultural divisions, are African students in Bengaluru getting stereotyped? Are local communities who complain about the misdeeds of a few students unfairly branded as racist? Or is there a genuine chance for consensus, ...
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Mayor told to get STP rule withdrawn 11.12.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) came under attack from the members of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for the second time in as many months. At the monthly council meeting on Monday, members cutting across party lines criticised the BWSSB for making the installation of sewage treatment plants (STPs) mandatory for existing apartment complexes with more than 50 units built prior to February 2016 and 20 units for those built post that period. In November, members criticised the BWSSB for penalising its consumers who failed to produce the building occupancy certificate (OC). On Monday, the members urged Mayor R Sampath Raj to get the BWSSB to withdraw its mandatory order on the STPs. Apartment dwellers are protesting against the boards decision claiming that the older apartment complexes do not have proper infrastructure to install the STPs. They also said that sewage lines have been connected to the internal drainage system. The opposition party leaders complained that the ...
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Increase in drug abuse dominates BBMP council meet 11.12.2017 Hindu: Cities
Almost every councillor expressed anxiety about rampant usage of ganja and other narcotics
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₹2,091 crore BBMP plan cleared 11.12.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
The State cabinet on Monday approved an action plan of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) involving a cost of ₹2,091 crore for the year 2017-18. It contains various development works in th...
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