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Residents keen on permanent 2nd road, but have concerns 18.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The temporary opening of a second route to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) offered commuters an alternative to the tolled airport road. Heres what a reality check of the road by DH revealed... During the airshow, many airport-bound vehicles were diverted through this road. While the roads leading to the airports perimeter wall near Begur have existed for years, the last 450-metre stretch from Chikkanahalli was what mattered most for commuters. Six-laning of the road could take over six months. But the 450-metre stretch had to be made motorable in a hurry before the airshow. A layer of asphalt greeted the motorists, but once they crossed the airports perimeter wall, a 1.3 km mud road had to be negotiated before reaching the road that leads to the KIA terminal. For Shaleel Abdullah, an HR consultant, the temporary opening of the road is an indication that the government is finally serious about an alternative to the congested airport road. "We have been waiting for this for years. Hope a ...
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When civic problems got concrete assurances 18.2.2017 deccanherald.com
Choked stormwater drains, clogged sewers, inadequate water supply, badly maintained parks and chain-snatchings are some of the major problems bothering the residents of Vijayanagar Assembly constituency, who spoke their heart out during 'Janaspandana - Citizens for Change' organised by DH and Prajavani on Saturday. Elected representatives, including Housing Minister and Vijayanagar MLA M Krishnappa and eight corporators in the Assembly segment, and a battery of officials responded to people's grievances at the civic engagement event held at Chandrashekhar Azad Grounds in Hampinagar. Girish Malavalli of Vijayanagar set the ball rolling by speaking against the encroachment of footpath by shopkeepers near the Vijayanagar police station. He said there was grave danger to pedestrians' lives as they were forced to walk on the traffic-filled road. In response, BBMP executive engineer Prakash said the shopkeepers would be accommodated in the high-tech Palike Bazaar being built near Indraprastha Hotel. The shops ...
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Bellandur residents speak out for conservation of lake 18.2.2017 deccanherald.com
People from different walks of life gathered at Bellandur Lake to raise their voice against the civic authorities and save Bellandur Lake which was engulfed in fire recently. Dressed in red to make a strong statement on the prevailing condition of the water body, members of Bellandur Rising and other citizen groups demanded that the discharge of untreated sewage into the lake be stopped. "An expert committee that was formed to revive Bellandur Lake has submitted its recommendations to BDA. Why is BDA, the custodian of the lake, still sitting on it and not implementing them?" said Sonali Singh, a protester. The locals demanded that the illegal dumping and burning of garbage and debris near the lake must stop. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a resident said that citizens, particularly children, staying close to the waterbody were falling prey to respiratory disorders.Odette Katrak, a resident, said, "Frequent fires ensure we breathe smoky, polluted air and we rush to close our windows all the time. ...
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BDA trims estimate of city's trash generation 18.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The Bangalore Development Authority has scaled down the amount of garbage it estimates to be generated in the city per day by 2031.

The pre-draft of Master Plan 2031 states that Bengaluru will generate 13,208 tonnes of garbage per day, significantly lower than the earlier estimate of 18,000 tonnes.

Addressing an interactive meeting organised by the Indian Institute of Architects on Saturday, BDA Commissioner Rajkumar Khatri said the estimate was revised following consultation with BBMP.

The pre-draft estimates that Bengaluru will need 50 tmcft water. Khatri said that if the vehicular population continued to grow at the present rate, Bengaluru's commuting problems would only worsen.

The draft of the master plan is likely to be published by the end of this year and people will have two months to file objections, if any, he added.
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Happy, on a larger scale 18.2.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Happiness is the ultimate purpose of our existence, whether as a conscious or unconscious decision. It is every human being's inalienable right. Yet, how do we measure happiness? It comes in so many different forms and for such diverse reasons that there can never be a consensus of what constitutes happiness. The world will have you think that happiness is determined by material conditions; the great ancient religions, by asceticism, virtue and moral character. Balancing spiritual and material happiness is a tightrope walk that few have mastered. In our personal quest for this most elusive ideal, we often seek the path of fame, fortune and pleasure. But these are means to an end, ephemeral. As the great Greek philosopher Aristotle pointed out: "Happiness depends upon ourselves." It stands to reason then that the sum of your life, as lived from moment to moment, equals happiness. That is the fundamental philosophy of life. But philosophy does not always translate well into reality. In actuality, a lot ...
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Sally & the street walker 18.2.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
A part of Bengaluru that would ever remain a part of my life not only because I have lived there, but because it has changed less than the other parts of the city — call it Langford Gardens or Langford Town, or whatever — is the area that lies to the immediate north and south of the upper part of Langford Road, after the hockey stadium. Admittedly, the main road itself is mad with traffic, like most roads in Bengaluru. But when one goes away from the main road as far as possible and delves into the criss-crossing roads with old English names like Myrtle Lane, Bride Street, Moyenville, Rhenius Street, Rose Lane, one feels the tingle of the old relative calm. And that is where one realises that our canine friends have that uncanny feel for places where traffic diminishes and people surface as human beings. While I set out to work early mornings, and when I saunter back at the end of the day, these very human friends walk along with me with their tongues hanging out and the tails wagging with ...
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Blaze near Bengaluru's Bellandur lake sparks panic 18.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Blaze near Bengaluru's Bellandur lake sparks panic
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Growers and buyers wilt as drought consumes vegetables 18.2.2017 Hindu: Cities
Inflow of raddish, carrot, brinjal and cauliflower has fallen steeply
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Sona Masuri prices may further go up 18.2.2017 Hindu: Cities
Tungabhadra dam has less than 5 tmcft of water
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First status report confirms Bellandur Lake highly polluted 18.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
First status report confirms Bellandur Lake highly polluted
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Realtors eyeing Vijayanagar’s dying lake, say residents 18.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Realtors eyeing Vijayanagar’s dying lake, say residents
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Lake blaze: civic bodies pass buck 17.2.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A day after a fire raged for four hours at Bengaluru's largest water body, civic agencies began pointing fingers at one another. A thick cloud of smoke rose from the 920-acre Bellandur lake as illegally dumped garbage erupted in flames on Thursday. On Friday, legislators and officials of the Bangalore Development Authority, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board visited the spot. BDA officials blamed the BBMP for not stopping garbage dumping. "The BDA is the custodian of the lake, but it is the BBMP's job to protect it from garbage dumping," said Veersingh Nayak, BDA executive engineer, east zone. He said combustible chemicals had mixed with the garbage and sparked the conflagration. "This would not have happened had the BBMP taken action against those dumping garbage," he contended. BBMP officials in turn blamed the BDA. "How are we responsible when they are the custodians? If they could build a boundary wall with a mesh, there would be no dumping. They have no ...
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To attract flat buyers, BDA offers two years of free maintenance 17.2.2017 deccanherald.com
Poor public response to its flats has forced the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to change its sales strategy. It is giving a slew of offers: free maintenance of flats for two years, free drilling of borewells, and guaranteed water connection. On November 19, 2016, the BDA invited applications from the general public for its 3,512 flats. The last date to apply was January 31, 2017. But poor response forced it to not only extend the deadline to February 27 but also reduce the domicile clause from 15 years to five years. Home buyers still seem to be uninterested. An official in the BDA's finance department said only 700 applications had been issued so far. "But we are not sure if these people will eventually buy the flats," the official said. The BDA is selling flats at Malagala (in Nagarabhavi 8th Block), Mysuru Road (opposite RV College of Engineering), Kommaghatta (adjacent to NICE Road, Kengeri), Kanminike (Mysuru Road), Doddabanahalli (in Whitefield), besides villas at Alur. "This is the second ...
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Work on reviving sick Bellandur lake to begin in three months 17.2.2017 deccanherald.com
Work on rejuvenation of Bellandur lake is likely to start in the next three months. MLA N A Haris, who is a member of the legislature panel on lake encroachment told Deccan Herald, "Within three months, work on improving the lake will start. Sewage treatment plants (STPs) will be set up. The boundary is also being fixed. The condition of the lake has not deteriorated suddenly but has happened over a period of four decades. Everybody should come together to save the lake." Haris is also the chairman of the legislature panel on STPs. KSPCB chairman Lakshman, BDA, BBMP and Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) officials visited Bellandur lake on Friday to inspect the area that caught fire on Thursday. BDA engineer member Nayak said they have already called for expression of interest to start work on cleaning the lake, after which desilting will start. Lakshman said he had directed the BDA to start work in three months and not take eight months, as they have demanded. "Aerators will ...
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Pollution: HC orders notice to realty firms 17.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered notice to Manyata Promoters Pvt Ltd and MFAR Developers Pvt Ltd in a PIL filed seeking direction to take action against air and noise pollution generated by the chillers and coolers from the building of these private companies.

The petitioners, MS Ramaiah North City Residents' Welfare Association, Thanisandra Main Road, have approached the court contending that despite Karnataka State Pollution Control Board warning these private companies to take necessary steps to curb pollution by March 2016, no action was taken by them. A division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice R B Budihal ordered notice and adjourned the hearing.
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KV chief told to appear before child rights panel 17.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The deputy commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) Bengaluru region appeared before the Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) on Friday in connection with the sexual harassment of a student by a KV school principal.

P Devakumar appeared before the commission on behalf of the KVS Commissioner. He explained to the KSPCR chairperson the steps they had taken after the incident came to light, such as setting up an enquiry committee and suspending the principal. KSCPCR chairperson Kripa Alva was however not satisfied and summoned the KVS Commissioner to appear before KSPCR on February 25.
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Techie commits suicide 17.2.2017 deccanherald.com
A techie was found dead at his flat in Bellandur recently.The deceased has been identified as Haza Sarfuddin (34).

He hailed from Chennai and was residing at Elite Apartment on Sarjapur Road. Police suspected that the Sarfuddin might have committed suicide on February 14. "But the incident came to light only on Thursday, after neighbours complained of foul smell from the flat and informed us," police said.

"We broke open the door and saw the body hanging from the ceiling. He has not left behind any note. The body was handed over to the family after the post-mortem at St John's Hospital," police added.
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Cabbies call off strike, to resume services today 17.2.2017 deccanherald.com
Cabbies, who were protesting for the last two days seeking fulfilment of various demands, have decided to call off their strike 'in the interest of commuters' and resume their serives on Saturday. Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber (OTU) Drivers' and Owners' Union said the drivers had unanimously decided to call off their strike and resume services from Saturday morning. He said the decision was to be taken on Friday itself, but was delayed since the condition of one of their drivers, Mohan Babu, who had consumed poison during the protest, was critical till evening. "Babu was admitted to KIMS. He is now out of danger. We will hold talks with Ola and Uber management on Tuesday and decide the future course of action," Pasha added. On Friday, around 13,000 of the total 30,000 Ola and Uber taxis in the city remained off roads, affecting a large number of commuters. However, some taxi drivers had left Bengaluru on Thursday night after the news spread that taxi drivers will be on strike till ...
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Bengaluru's Bellandur lake catches fire, thick smoke engulfs the area 17.2.2017 Rediff: News
The incident triggered panic among motorists on the busy Sarjapur main road.
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Let’s go back to the open well 17.2.2017 Hindu: Home
It indicates the availability of groundwater, how much we could use, and the quality too. We must dig many wells and tanks to fill our aquifers, says S.Vishwanath
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