Governance
Feb 10 2017
BENGALURU REVISED MASTER PLAN 2031
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Kathyayini Chamaraj
In an open letter to the Chief Minister, Executive Trustee of CIVIC Kathyayini Chamaraj points out why the planning process being followed for the city goes grossly against the 74th Constitutional Amendment and what needs to be corrected for the exercise to have an impact.
Jan 19 2017
BDA'S CONSULTATION ON REVISED MASTER PLAN 2031
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Akshatha M
Lack of social infrastructure, transport, not considering the non-adherence to old master plan and many other issues came to fore during BDA's consultation for master plan.
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Jan 09 2017
CITY OF SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS - PART 1
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Arunava Bannerjee
With more and more apartments installing sewage treatment plants, recycled water is available for use. After RO treatment, this water becomes potable. But are people drinking it?
Jan 05 2017
NOT-SO-NICE STORIES OF NICE ROAD
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Akshatha M
Their lands were notified for Bangalore-Mysore infra corridor project 19 years ago. Now their land has no market value, they can't dare to plant something that's of value, can't renovate or rebuild their houses, and can't be assured of a secured future. A story of how flawed land acquisition policies put lives in jeopardy.
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Dec 19 2016
DUMP ON FIRE
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V K Srivatsa
Continuous garbage dumping and fires on BDA land create grave health hazard for residents of Ward 198 in Anjanapura, but who's listening?
Dec 16 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Last week, my group of nature-lovers and I visited both Lalbagh and Madivala kere. At both places, which are also public parks, entrance is clearly marked as free; up to 8.30am at Lalbagh, and 9.30am at Madivala lake. Visitors who enter before...
Nov 25 2016
FOR A SIGNAL-FREE OUTER RING ROAD
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Amith Subramanian Pallavoor
For years, residents of Banashankari, JP Nagar, and other areas along the Outer Ring Road, as well as commuters on the route, have been suffering due to ill-conceived and continuous construction. Isn't there a better way to address mobility issues, wonders an anguished citizen.
Nov 22 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
After many visits and several polite requests and "Please"s and "Thank You"s, I finally got some money. Here is my first sighting of the 2K note.     Now comes the problem of trying to get change for Rs.2000 from a vegetable...
Nov 22 2016
Ashwin Mahesh
The BMRDA Act was passed in the mid-1980s, to set up the Bangalore Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, and to empower it to direct the planned development of the state capital region. Since its founding, however, the BMRDA has done nothing...
Nov 22 2016
DEBATE ON ELEVATED CORRIDORS
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Prakash Belawadi and Naresh Narasimhan
What Bengaluru needs now is a plan that looks 50 years ahead, say Prakash Belawadi and Naresh Narasimhan, in their joint rejoinder to the interview of RK Misra published on Citizen Matters.
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Nov 18 2016
Blog: Everyday City
On the afternoon of 28 th april 2014, I had set myself the task of observing two street corners at either end of Noronha road at Russell market in Shivajinagar - a corner at the Broadway street end and a corner at the St.Mary’s Basilica end...
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Nov 15 2016
HIGH COURT PROCEEDINGS
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Mathew Prasad Idiculla
The Akrama Sakrama scheme has been challenged in the Karnataka High Court for violating the Right to Equality and Right to Life. We track some of the key arguments made in the Court in the last two weeks.
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Nov 14 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
A friend writes: No body questions the intent behind the recent move to demonetize Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes.   It is the ham handed  implementation by the Babus, living in their 7th Pay commision cocooned largesse...
Nov 11 2016
Blog: Groundwater Stories
See the map to Identify the 4 major reservoirs in Karnataka : Hemavathy, Harangi, KRS and Kabini. Inflows and Outflows to all 4 reservoirs are monitored and known and this forms the basis of all calculations The river flows into TN...
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Oct 31 2016
PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS IN GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
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Vivek Vaidyanathan
Could systemic public engagement prevent imbroglios of the kind created by the Bengaluru steel flyover proposal? What steps and caveats would be necessary for that?
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Oct 19 2016
WELFARE SCHEMES FOR BPL FAMILIES
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Akshatha M
The United Nations’ observes October 17th as the International Day for Eradication of Poverty with a goal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” In Bengaluru, as in many other cities, there is no dearth of government welfare schemes for the poor. But do these schemes reach the poor in reality?
Oct 12 2016
Column: Being The Ugly Indian
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The Ugly Indian
From a dark and dreary under-bridge area to a bright and lively public space, the story of a transformation.
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Oct 10 2016
Blog: In Lighter Whine
A few months ago, on my other blog, I wrote a post about Donald Trump, making less-than-gentle fun of the man. At the time, he didn't seem like much of a threat. I was fairly confident that Donald Trump had about as much chance of becoming president...
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Oct 05 2016
Ashwin Mahesh
In well-planned cities, the government makes the plans and the builders respond to that with project proposals - to build residential communities, commercial facilities, and so on. In our cities, the builders and individual plot owners make their...
Oct 04 2016
CITY BUDGET
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Gayatri Nair
Send your budget requests on any civic issue through the MCMB budget bus, or one of their workshops or on ichangemycity.com - they will all be compiled and shared with the state and its agencies at a large event in December.
Sep 29 2016
Blog: Off Beat
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The documents/ replies that I have received from various offices of BBMP in the last five months, to my RTI query on illegal hoardings, are piled up before me. Yet, they have no data that I asked for. Pic: Akshatha It has been precisely five...
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Sep 23 2016
METRO ON ORR
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Akshatha M
A recent meeting of various stakeholder groups arrived at a decision in favour of the Metro project on ORR. Akshatha M looks at the various deliberations that went on behind the scenes.
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Sep 12 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
As I walked to and from my daughter's home (J P Nagar 3rd Phase to and fromJayanagar 4th T Block) I noticed the following good citizens of the city and state: Several young men on two-wheelers with yellow-and-red Karnataka flags, yelling...
Sep 07 2016
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
Today marks my 12th day in Bengaluru and I am proud to say my desire to take pictures of every single passing cow has subsided. Since arriving the weekend before last, I filled my phone’s camera roll with photos of cattle, likely confusing...
Sep 01 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It's disgusting to see the many small ways (adding up to large totals) in which the catering contract staff on Southern Railways cheat the passengers. On the 26th of July, 2016, I travelled by the Bangalore-Chennai Exp (train no...
Sep 01 2016
TRAFFIC PLANS FOR BENGALURU
Akshatha M
The traffic coordination committee has provided suggestions like making the roads signal-free, new traffic circulation plans and synchronisation of signal lights.
 
 

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