User: swetharao Topic: Slums in Bangalore
Category: Slums and BDA
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‘Strengthen Lokayukta, make room for citizens to participate in governance’, says CIVIC manifesto 16.4.2018 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
Functional ward committees and metropolitan planning committee, people's participation in budget and more were the key demands placed by the NGO, CIVIC. ...
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Temple not the only grabber of lake land, say revenue officials 10.4.2018 Deccan Herald - City
The monumental task of moving the 62-foot-tall statue of Hanuman from Kolar to Kacharakanahalli has brought this obscure Bengaluru neighbourhood and its dead, encroached lake to the fore. The 750-tonne statue is being set up by the Sri Rama Chaitanya Vardhini Trust near the Kodandarama Swamy Temple in Kacharakanahalli. According to M K Jagadish, Assistant Commissioner, Bengaluru North subdivision, the temple and the proposed statue were located on a lakebed. The temple, its two choultries, an Isckon goshala, a BDA layout and a slum are among the many occupants of the 56-acre plot in Survey No 153, still listed as government lake in revenue records. Jagadish said that about 26 acres of the land, part of the lake, now formed a BDA layout. The other properties are spread over around 10 acres while approximately 20 acres of land is vacant. He said that in 2015, under the then Bengaluru Urban commissioner V Shankar, the administration made its first attempt to reclaim the government property. "We cannot ...
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DPAR sits on sanction to prosecute revenue officials in land scam 31.3.2018 Deccan Herald - News
The Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) is delaying giving sanction to prosecute seven revenue officials for illegally transferring government land to private individuals. The file on the prosecution sanction has been cleared by the Revenue Department and is pending with the DPAR. The government land in question - over 10.4 acres in total - is in survey number 105 at Doddathogur village, Begur hobli, Bengaluru South taluk. In January 2016, the Upalokayukta sent two reports directing the Revenue Department to immediately restore the government land and recommended action against the errant officials. The department endorsed the Lokayukta report and forwarded it to the DPAR for sanction to take action against the officials. "The prosecution sanction has already been delayed by a year. In the meanwhile, the government has not taken any action to reclaim the land in question," said Adarsh R Iyer, of Janaadhikaara Sangharsha Parishath, the NGO which filed the complaint before the ...
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City master plan can be better if process is inclusive 6.3.2018 Citizen Matters
Revised Master Plan has decided how the entire city of Bengaluru would look like in 2031. But how helpful would be the plan, if the planning process itself is flawed? ...
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Lokayukta inspects three city lakes; pulls up BBMP, BDA 2.2.2018 Deccan Herald - City
Lokayukta officials on Friday visited three lakes in the city and instructed officers of the BBMP and BDA to start restoration works. The officials visited the Subramanyapura, Sarakki and Talaghattapura Lakes. While inspecting the Subramanyapura Lake, the officials found that the buffer zone has been encroached upon by slum dwellers. They were asked to relocate as flats are being constructed for them by the Slum Development Board. The flats are expected to be ready in six weeks. The officials have also instructed the tahsildar to conduct a survey of the Subramanyapura Lake and submit a report to the Lokayukta. According to members of NGO United Bengaluru, the Lokayukta has ordered BDA officials to speed up the restoration work in Sarakki Lake, for which Rs 3 crore has been allotted. While the BBMP officials claimed that the work had already begun, the local residents said otherwise. Sridhar Pabbisetty, chief executive officer, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, which is a part of United Bengaluru said: "We hope ...
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‘Ignorance of law is no excuse’ 27.11.2017 Hindu: Home
Interview with K.B. Koliwad, chairman of lake encroachment committee and Assembly Speaker
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Bengaluru: Activists unclog drain, give dying lake new lease of life 1.8.2017 TOI: Cities
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BDA to build 1-room servant quarters in its apartments 22.6.2017 deccanherald.com
After constructing one, two and three bedroom-hall-kitchen (BHK) flats, Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is now planning to build servant quarters for domestic helps. The move is also aimed at clearing slums around apartment complexes. The BDA will first build one-room houses measuring 200-250 sqft in large BDA apartments and housing complexes such as those in Alur, Kommaghatta and Kanminike, which together have over 2,000 flats of varied dimensions. Besides, a provision will be made in its future projects to integrate servant quarters with apartments, a senior BDA official said. Construction of these one-room houses will commence immediately once the BDA board approves the proposal and issues an order. "We are planning to construct 500 to 1,000 one-room houses. They will be similar to Mumbai's chawls. These one- room houses are aimed at the economically weaker sections. They will be similar to servant quarters, where domestic helps can be accommodated," said the official. These servant facilities ...
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KSPCB gives apartment dwellers near lake 1 month to set up STP 31.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Acting stern, the Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has given one month's time to the residents of apartments in the upstream of Subramanyapura lake to set up a sewage treatment plant (STP). In the wake of frothing in Subramanyapura lake recently, KSPCB served notices on all the polluters. At a meeting with the polluters and various civic agencies on Wednesday, KSPCB chairperson Lakshman directed them to instal and make the STPs operational. He said a joint inspection comprising officials of the Central Pollution Control Board, State Pollution Control Board, BWSSB, BDA and BBMP will be conducted a month later. KSPCB officials told Lakshman that many apartments had either not obtained or renewed the consent for operation of their STPs. He threatened to register criminal cases against them if the STPs were not installed or they do not work properly. The Board officials recommended that the polluters should be made to instal a common STP at a cost of Rs 5 crore for the damage caused to the tank. ...
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Rampant encroachment at Varthur lake, say residents 24.5.2017 deccanherald.com
Dumping of garbage and construction debris continues unabated on the banks and catchment area of Varthur lake, according to locals and members of Whitefield Rising. They point out that even after clear directions from Chief Secretary Subhash C Khuntia and Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department (UDD), Mahendra Jain to civic agencies to prevent dumping and take action against offenders, nothing has changed. "People are dumping construction material on the catchment of Varthur lake, Varthur Kodi and near Belegere road. Many squatters are also using the area near Munekolala as an open toilet. All illegal activities happen uninterrupted at night as there are no cameras," said Munikumar, a local from Varthur. The locals also point out that Tuburahalli road has become a mess because of dumping, especially after heavy rain over the past few days. The flow of water into the drain has also been blocked. Shivanna, another local from Varthur, said that though BDA officials are custodians of ...
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2 BDA workers forged signatures of officers, ‘allotted’ 14 sites 29.3.2017 TOI: All Headlines
2 BDA workers forged signatures of officers, ‘allotted’ 14 sites
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Free water, cheap homes for poor in city 15.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Free water for slums and one lakh houses for the poor are among the proposals for Bengaluru in the state budget presented on Wednesday. The government has allocated Rs 4,410 crore for infrastructure and welfare programmes in the city. The money will be used to improve and top roads with cement, build grade separators and lay a road to connect Kempegowda Layout and Mysuru Road and Magadi Road. It will also help build bridges under and over railway tracks, and create a model BDAtownship on 166 acres at Konadasanapura on Old Madras Road, about 18 km from MGRoad. The government has announced Rs 200 crore to build footpaths along 400 km of road. Stormwater drains get an allocation of Rs 300 crore. The government plans to spend Rs 88 crore on an underbridge and on widening an overbridge at the Hebbal junction on the Outer Ring Road. Bengaluru infrastructure projects mostly come under the BBMP, which gets Rs 2,391 crore in the budget. The BDAgets Rs 480 crore. The government is setting aside Rs 1,338 crore for ...
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Why Bengaluru's planning process is against the spirit of our Constitution 10.2.2017 Citizen Matters

In open letter to CM, Kathyayini Chamaraj details all that is grossly wrong with the BDA's planning exercise for the city.

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Mission pacify accomplished- Karnataka State boards get new chairmen 2.11.2016 Oneindia.in: News
The Karnataka government made fresh appointments of Chairmen to State boards and corporations on Wednesday. The appointments come a week after the Chief Minister convinced Congress Vice President to appoint MLAs to the vacant posts. The list includes appointment to 21
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21 MLAs appointed chiefs of key boards and corporations 2.11.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Encroachers take over city cycle track 20.10.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Encroachers take over city cycle track
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Even crucial infrastructure has been built on lake land 19.10.2016 Hindu: Home
A glimpse into the detailed list of encroachments published by the Joint Committee on Tank Encroachment
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Coming up, a smart hub for the smartest city 18.9.2016 Orissa News, Bhubaneshwar News, Bhubaneshwar City News | Times of India Orissa City News
This is going to be one project which when it comes up, could change the Bhubaneswar skyline.
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BBMP digitising all revenue records to prevent tampering: BBMP Commissioner 16.9.2016 Citizen Matters

BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad talks about his experience as a bureaucrat, his work at BBMP and BBMP's plans to streamline finances and land records.

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Slum kids present smart housing plan 3.9.2016 The New Indian Express - Odisha - http://newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/
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