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BJP backs probe into Jayalalithaa's death 18.8.2017 New Kerala: Tamil Nadu
Bengaluru (Karnataka) , Aug 18 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday backed probe into the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
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Bengaluru: Bellandur foam covers roads, enters flats 18.8.2017 TOI: Cities
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NGT pulls up Karnataka government on Bellandur lake frothing 18.8.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Frothing began after rain on Aug. 15, 16
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As froth spills out of Bellandur lake, effluents keep flowing in 18.8.2017 Hindu: Cities
Nearly four months after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued a stern warning to the State government to get its act together or face action, things don’t seem to have improved in the city’s froth...
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Yelakki banana becomes dear 18.8.2017 Hindu: Cities
Arrivals have dwindled to less than 30% of the normal because of drought
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Change approach to fix road-flooding, say experts 17.8.2017 deccanherald.com
Stumped by Monday nights torrential downpour that trapped thousands in flooded roads and layouts, Bengalureans are scared of a repeat disaster. Old, quickfix solutions will not save the city from another catastrophic crisis, warn urban environment architects. They have now offered an alternative agenda, a total overhaul of the citys flood management system. Moving away from what they call Business As Usual models, environment architect Mohan Rao and civic evangelist V Ravichander have suggested alternatives to tackle flooding of road networks, inundation and pollution of lakes and more. Flooding of roads Re-linking fragmented storm water drains (SWDs) and clearing them have been the standard response by BBMP to tackle road-flooding so far. But this has not worked because longer duration rainfall generates very high intensity of water, much beyond the designed capacity of SWDs. The alternative: Adaptive designs for traffic islands and medians to perform functions of swales apart from increasing the ...
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Avoid these roads today 17.8.2017 deccanherald.com
Traffic police have requested road users to avoid roads in and around Freedom Park on Friday between 10.30 am and 1 pm in view of a protest rally organised by the BJP.

According to traffic police, heavy congestion can be expected at K R Circle, Seshadri Road, Anand Rao Circle, Maurya Junction, Maharani College Junction, Subbanna Junction, Race Course Road and Chalukya Circle.

The traffic police will deploy additional forces to control vehicular flow on road manually. Citizens have been advised to move on alternative roads to reach their destinations.
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A deluge of woes 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - Friday
The recent rains that battered the city have receded but residents are still grappling with the aftermath. Metrolife takes stock of the situation. Spraha Aeron professional at an MNC "I live in a one bedroom, hall and kitchen apartment on the ground floor in Koramangala. I woke up at around 4.30 am as I heard the rain and around 5.30 am, I realised that the bed was completely wet. That's when I realised that my house had been flooded and everything from my bed to cupboards was half submerged in water. The drainage water, combined with mud and cockroaches, entered our house and we were helpless for hours. We had to wait for it to drain out naturally and then begin cleaning the house. I lost out on going to the office for two days because of this. I am still in the process of drying our belongings, I even had to buy a new bed." Alicia Souza Illustrator "My husband and I returned from our trip abroad a day before the heavy rain. We soon saw the basement of the apartment flooding but it was too late to do ...
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Back to roots 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - Friday
As Sreeshanti Kumari, a software professional and resident of Marathahalli, drove through Old Airport Road, she recalled memories of a once-green Bengaluru. "Slowly we lost that charm to urbanisation, with hoardings, buildings and new footpaths taking over all the space," she says, a complaint echoed by the human chain protestors at HAL Junction at Old Airport Road recently. The proposal for a signal-free corridor at the Old Airport Road, which will eventually lead to cutting down of a number of trees, hasn't gone down well with everyone. Sharath Kumar, a support professional with a data management company and resident of Kagadasapura, says, "As it is, healthy native trees are a rare sight now. This proposal will lead to many fully grown trees being cut down. Around 40 of them have already been cut and many more will follow." What can be done? Sharath feels that door-to-door interaction between households and civic bodies will lead to a better clarity of what citizens are looking for. "This will take ...
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Activists laud NGT's close follow-ups on Bellandur lake clean-up 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Citizens actively monitoring the efforts to save Bellandur lake are happy that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is pursuing the matter seriously. Nagesh Aras, a member of Bellandur Lake Citizen Team, set up by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to monitor the progress of the water bodys restoration, praised the NGT for closely following up on the work. "The NGT's approach to monitoring the progress through a local officer is significant. This will force the administration into taking timely action with the active involvement of citizen watch bodies," he said. He added that though the administration claims that the expert committee report was implemented in part, the haphazard sequence of work has caused waste of money. "For example, the action plan called for monitoring and identification of the sources of pollution. But till today, the majority of the sources have not been identified at all while the KSPCB tries to show activity by persecuting lakeside apartments which are responsible for a mere ...
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Will clean Bellandur lake in 2 years: CM 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Karnataka government is taking all steps to clean the dirty Bellandur lake in Bengaluru, and all the problems will be fixed within a year or two, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said here on Thursday.

Speaking to journalists in the national capital, the chief minister said: "The government is concerned about the froth emanating from the lake, and a team of officials is looking into the issue."

On the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) repeated criticism of the lake restoration works undertaken by his government, he said: "Our officials and the legal team will handle this issue."

Due to heavy rain in Bengaluru in the past two days, Bellandur lake once again spilled toxic foam, raising foul smell and pollution in the neighbourhood.
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Chief secy holds meet, takes stock of rain havoc 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Two days after rainwater flooded parts of Bengaluru, Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia held a review meeting on Thursday with officials of all civic agencies to assess the situation. The city witnessed heavy rainfall late on Monday night and early Tuesday morning, leaving several areas inundated. He took officials to task for the inconvenience citizens experienced. "I have sought a detailed report and a list of those responsible. No erring official will be spared," he told DH. He directed the additional chief secretaries to ensure that the damages are set right. "I was told that there was a breach of the retaining walls of the lakes and this is sheer negligence to take up work during monsoon. Notices will be issued to officials responsible for this. Orders have been issued to clear encroachments at the earliest," he said. He said the rainfall received was abnormal. However, keeping previous instances in mind, the officials should have been well prepared to tackle such a situation. Regarding ...
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Namma Bengaluru Habba at Sankey Tank on Sunday 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
In a bid to create awareness about environment conservation and create a sense of camaraderie and bonhomie among the residents, the Tourism department will organise a day-long Namma Bengaluru Habba at Sankey Tank on August 20. Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge said, "Through this festival we aim to help raise awareness about environment protection and at the same time experience a sense of community building by encouraging people to come together, get outdoors and give back to the environment. Working as a team is the only way we can protect Bengaluru." He added that the department also hopes to create better public awareness so that it can lead to greater sustainability. The festival will offer a peek into the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka through mesmerising art performances like Yakshagana, Dollu Kunita and Hulivesha. The festival will also see a range of unique performances by stilt walkers, street musicians, jugglers, magicians, face painters, and caricature and tattoo artists. There will also ...
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BBMP goes for fresh tenders for SWD remodelling 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has called for re-tender and remodelling of storm water drains at Hebbal Valley in the wake of a contractor submitting forged "work done certificate" and audit report. Though BBMP cancelled the tender, it has neither taken steps to blacklist the contractor nor ordered an investigation. In the first tender, BBMP had approved the Rs 55-crore worth tender for Hebbal Valley (Package-2) in favour of Tam Tam Pedda Guruva Reddy, a contractor. One of the conditions in the tender notification was that the bidder should have a turnover of more than Rs 30 crore and work-done certificate. Reddy submitted the certificate, claiming to have conducted work at Field Irrigation Canal Division-7 at Bheemarayanagudi for the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama Ltd. Upon enquiry, it was found that FIC Division-7 was renamed FIC Division-4 and transferred to the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama Ltd (KBJNL). Chief Engineer KBJNL also gave a reply to an NGO, which raised an objection to issuance ...
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NGT summons govt officials 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Pulling up the Karnataka government for its failure to address the pollution in the Bellandur lake in Bengaluru, National Green Tribunal on Thursday summoned top state officials to explain the action taken on its directions so far. The NGT principal bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Additional Chief Secretary, who heads the Department of Urban Development, and Chief Executive Officer of the Lake Development Authority to appear before it on August 22 and submit a compliance report on its April 19 direction to protect the water body. The bench asked the state government to explain how many big canals (rajakaluves) had been cleaned so far, how much waste was removed from the rajakaluves and from Bellandur lake, where the waste was dumped, what preventive steps had been taken to check effluents entering the water body and fire episodes in lakes. Sajan Poovayya, senior counsel appearing for Namma Bengaluru Foundation, produced audio visuals on the fresh frothing in Bellandur lake and the ...
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Sewage water seeps into houses in Dollar Colony 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Three storm water drains (SWD) had breached leading the sewage water to seep into the houses near Bannerghatta Road in Dollars Colony. The house of former BBMP commissioner Siddaiah was also not deprived of this menace. After the heavy rainfall on Monday midnight, the breach in the storm water drain had led to the overflow of the sewage water causing waterlogging in this posh colony. Narayan N, a local resident, said, " The encroachment of Vaishnavi Apartment on the SWD has led to this menace. About 20-30 houses in the street have been affected. It is a risk to peoples health." Narayan also charged that none of the BBMP officials responded to the issue despite several complaints. However, Prakash, SWD, Dollars Colony, BBMP, said that they had constructed the SWD on the next day itself. "We have built the SWD on the very next day of the rain. But it is true that the apartment has encroached the SWD. We are working towards clearing some space," said Prakash. Meanwhile, Siddaiah said, "This was Ningayanna ...
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Rise of integrated townships 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
One of the concepts that is quickly changing the country's real estate landscape is integrated townships. The exponential rise in the number of city dwellers is leading to an ever-increasing demand for housing and urban infrastructure. The housing sector is also undergoing a transformation as more of the urban population is moving from independent homes to gated communities and integrated townships, preferring them because of the higher security, holistic ecosystem and good governance that it offers. Conceptually at its most basic level, an integrated township is an endeavour to offer the consumers a complete city experience. To that extent, an integrated township comprises various formats of homes, high street retail, office buildings, hotels, convention centres, schools and hospitals offered in a secure, holistic and environment-friendly setting. Integrated townships are typically built on land parcels measuring anywhere between 40 acres and 3000 acres, depending on the local planning authority's rules ...
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Activists demand action to prevent Mysuru from going the B'luru way 17.8.2017 deccanherald.com
Even before Independence, Mysuru was hailed for being a planned city. It had a well-designed underground drainage system and was believed to be a 'royal city' because it was known for being well-maintained and clean. Of late however, the city is going the Bengaluru way as the officials concerned have failed to plan infrastructure according to the expansion of the city. They have also failed to maintain the existing systems in good condition. Of late, there has been discussion on the encroachment of canals that once pumped water to Kukkarahalli Lake which is situated in the heart of the city. Many lakes, which once dotted the city landscape, such as the Doddakere, Subarayana Kere, Jakkarayana Kere, etc have given way to so called development. A canal, that is also called Rajakaluve, which originates at the Vishwamanava Park, near the JSS Vidyapeetha, passes through the Doddakere Grounds and along the Ooty Road before reaching the Sewage Farm in Vidyaranyapuram. It flows to the brim when it rains and ...
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How satellites can prevent fatalities from landslides 17.8.2017 Zee News : Science and Technology
Scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have sent spacecraft towards the Moon and Mars -- and now have their sights on Venus.  
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Bellandur toxic foam: CM Siddaramiah says problem will be solved in 2 years 17.8.2017 India Today| Must Read
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who was in New Delhi assured that the Bellandur lake frothing will be solved but it will take time.
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