User: technagara Topic: BangaloreAgencies
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Last updated: Apr 29 2016 10:52 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Hello! Someone Set Trash On Fire 27.4.2016 newindianexpress.com
Over 1,000 complaints in three months; city fire stations struggle to manage resources and respond to every alert.
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Is penalising offenders a solution to get rid of garbage menace? 27.4.2016 Hindu: Cities
Two months ago, the BBMP announced that it would penalise those who do not segregate waste
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Officer who alleged illegal hoarding scam in BBMP is transferred 27.4.2016 Hindu: Bangalore
KAS officer K. Mathai, who unearthed the alleged advertisement mafia that caused losses of Rs. 2,000 crore to the exchequer, was transferred out of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Tuesday...
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A day after #KillBills campaign, illegal posters are back 27.4.2016 Hindu: Bangalore
Fresh posters were back less than 24 hours after the old ones were removed by volunteers
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Fund misuse in BBMP health panel, says mayor 27.4.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
The BBMP standing committee on health is in bad shape, mayor BN Manjunath Reddy said on Tuesday.
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Biogas startup turns food waste into fuel 27.4.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
While the city is reeling under the pressure of dealing with its waste, citizens complaining of stench and mounds of garbage being incinerated in different areas, there seems to no end at the light of the muck tunnel.
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BBMP Assistant Commissioner Mathai transferred for 24th time in 9 yrs 26.4.2016 deccanherald.com
The state government shunted out BBMP Assistant Commissioner (advertisement) K Mathai who had exposed large-scale irregularities in the department. With this, Mathai has been transferred for the 24th time in the last 9 years. Mathai had exposed a racket in the advertisement section which in the last eight years led to a loss of Rs 2,000 crore to the Palike exchequer. The officer has been charged with bringing a bad name to the institution (Palike) and casting aspersion on his superiors, which are against the Karnataka Civil Services Rules. He has been attached with the Department of Personnel and Administration Reforms till further orders. In the transfer order, the under secretary in the urban development department, N Narasimhamurthy, said Mathai prepared several reports highlighting irregularities and circulated it in the media, though none had asked him to do so. "Repeated attempts by the mayor, BBMP commissioner and senior Palike officials asking him (Mathai) to mend his ways went in vain. Such ...
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Mathai transferred for 24th time in 9 yrs 26.4.2016 deccanherald.com
The state government shunted out BBMP Assistant Commissioner (advertisement) K Mathai who had exposed large-scale irregularities in the department. With this, Mathai has been transferred for the 24th time in the last 9 years. Mathai had exposed a racket in the advertisement section which in the last eight years led to a loss of Rs 2,000 crore to the Palike exchequer. The officer has been charged with bringing a bad name to the institution (Palike) and casting aspersion on his superiors, which are against the Karnataka Civil Services Rules. He has been attached with the Department of Personnel and Administration Reforms till further orders. In the transfer order, the under secretary in the urban development department, N Narasimhamurthy, said Mathai prepared several reports highlighting irregularities and circulated it in the media, though none had asked him to do so. "Repeated attempts by the mayor, BBMP commissioner and senior Palike officials asking him (Mathai) to mend his ways went in vain. Such ...
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Whistleblower officer was in hit list of his bosses, elected reps 26.4.2016 deccanherald.com
As BBMP assistant commissioner (advertisement), K Mathai was always in the hit list of his superiors as well as the elected representatives, who made several attempts to shunt him out of the civic agency. Mathai, who had served in the Indian Air Force for 19 years before joining the Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS), had a harrowing time when BJP corporators hounded him in the BBMP Council on March 26, 2015, for lodging a police complaint against unknown members of the BBMP's Appeal Committee, who had forged the signature of the then BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana. BJP corporator T V Krishna was the chairperson of the Appeal Committee when the forgery took place. Obliging the BJP corporators, the Congress government tried to remove Mathai but Upalokayukta Justice Subhash Adi stopped it on the grounds that it will adversely affect the ongoing investigation into the advertisement scam. The investigation is still in progress but the government ran out of patience to wait for a few more reports and ...
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BBMP could rake in Rs 300 cr as ad revenue: Mathai's last report 26.4.2016 deccanherald.com
Former BBMP assistant commissioner (advertisement) K Mathai, who created a flutter in the civic body and among his higher-ups with his reports on irregularities in advertisement tax collection and pervading corruption, has come out with another report. Mathai, who earlier served in the Air Force, was shunted out of the BBMP on Tuesday. In his last report that he submitted to BBMP Special Commissioner Rashmi V Mahesh a week ago, Mathai stated that Rs 300 crore could be collected from advertisement tax in the current financial year provided his suggestions were implemented. The BBMP, in its budget, has set a moderate target of Rs 75 crore from advertisement tax. In the last six months, the BBMP has collected just Rs 2 crore due to technical snags in the online system. Mathai said in his report: "If the tax is allowed to be collected through bank demand drafts (DDs) like in the pilot project in Shanthala Nagar, the BBMP can easily mop up Rs 300 crore." To achieve the target, Mathai had suggested bringing ...
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Hoardings reappear, but citizens unsparing 26.4.2016 deccanherald.com
Two days after the #KillBills Campaign was launched by the Bangalore Political Action Committee (B PAC), the flexes and hoardings have reappeared in Indiranagar, one of the wards where the drive took place. On spotting the ugly posters again, members of 'I change Indiranagar,' a citizens' group, took up the drive and removed close to 200 flexes in the locality, specially on 12th main,HAL second stage; Double Road and 100 feet road. According to residents, the flexes have been put up by Agarwal Eye Clinic located on 12th Main and also by politicians. Sneha Nandihal, a member of 'I change Indiranagar,' said, "We had cleared all the flexes and bills on April 24, but again they have cropped up, which is disappointing." Praveen Sundaram, another volunteer, said that despite the ban on unauthorised hoardings and posters, people continue to flout rules. Sarfaraz Khan, the BBMP joint commissioner for Yelahanka zone - who is also the JC for Solid Waste Management (SWM) - promised that he would book cases against ...
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Faulty online system causes big slump in property tax collection 26.4.2016 deccanherald.com
Technical glitches in the online payment system have caused a big slump in property tax collection in the first month of the financial year. And taxpayers are losing out on the 5% rebate they get if they pay property tax by April 30. The property tax collection drive, which began on April 4, has fetched the BBMP just Rs 170 crore till April 26, as against Rs 400 crore in April last year when payment system was offline, according to BBMP Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Venkatachalapathy M. He admitted that tax collection was seriously affected by glitches in the software. "We are trying our best to solve the issue. Since it's a new model, it will take time to get streamlined," he said. Around two lakh people have paid property tax till date. "The question of extending the 5% rebate beyond April 30 is something we are yet to decide," he added. People say they continue to face problems in paying tax. Sridhar S, a senior citizen from Uttarahalli main road, Chikkalasandra, had been paying property tax by April ...
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#KillBills campaign brings down ‘visual’ pollution 26.4.2016 The Hindu: Today's Paper
#KillBills campaign brings down ‘visual’ pollution
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Bengaluru hopes Cauvery water doesn't evaporate fast in searing summer 26.4.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Stop allowing builders from becoming 'agents' who hoard black money! 26.4.2016 Citizen Matters

BBMP, BDA, BESCOM, BWSSB, and other organisations should stop the practice of accepting deposits and payments from developers on behalf of home owners. Instead, they should set up a system by which the home owners can directly make the payments themselves...
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Without Rain, KRS, Kabini Running Dry 26.4.2016 newindianexpress.com
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#KillBills campaign brings down ‘visual’ pollution 26.4.2016 Hindu: Home
Volunteers in a few localities removed illegal posters, banners, stickers and billboards
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Priority is to fill potholes before monsoon: BBMP commissioner 26.4.2016 Hindu: Home
N. Manjunath Prasad, who took charge on Monday, also stressed on reviving the green cover
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New BBMP chief promises to fix water woes, fill potholes 26.4.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
N Manjunatha Prasad, who took over as the new BBMP commissioner on Monday, promised to deliver citizen services in a better way.
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Health hazards loom as sites turn trash spots 25.4.2016 deccanherald.com
There appears to be no respite from the garbage problem for residents of Bengaluru. The problem is so severe in some places that it threatens to turn into a serious public heath hazard. A vacant site turned dumping yard inside the deserted Harilakshmi theatre in Wilson Garden is fast becoming a dangerous place. From leftovers to plastic to discarded household items, everything is dumped here. The overbearing stench and the rat menace have made people's lives miserable and even caused deaths, according to residents. Mukunda S C, who once lived right next to the dumping yard, said his father died of a lung infection six months ago. "The doctor treating my father said he must have got the lung infection from garbage. My mother also started to suffer from asthma and I decided to move out," he said. The theatre closed down 20 years ago and the place became a dumping yard last year, he added. Naveen, who lives close to the theatre, said that mosquito-borne diseases were common in the locality and most of the ...
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