Akshatha M
Nov 04 2016
BANGALORE'S FIERY MESS
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Akshatha M
Garbage continues to burn across Bengaluru, polluting the air, ground and water bodies. BBMP has not been able to help people who reached out with complaints. Result: the climate hazard, health hazard continues to dance in the city.
Nov 02 2016
ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMMES
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Akshatha M
Government officials say there are easy, streamlined procedures for the poor to avail special schemes meant for them, but the experience on the ground in Bengaluru suggests otherwise. Where are the gaps and can they be plugged?
Oct 21 2016
ILLEGAL ADVERTISEMENT HOARDINGS
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Akshatha M
In brazen defiance of law, advertisers put up illegal hoardings across the city, often multiple times after the authorities have torn them down. How will the BBMP deal with this menace?
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 05 2016
WATER SCARCITY SOLUTIONS
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Akshatha M
It has to be, ideally, a mix of both as recent deliberations at the water workshop co-organised by Citizen Matters revealed.
Sep 30 2016
IMPACT OF HEALTH ON POLLUTION
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Navya P K and Akshatha M
Air pollution in Bengaluru has reached levels that are causing many to leave the city on health grounds. Navya PK looks at various studies that outline the shocking impact on citizens and some particularly vulnerable groups.
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 29 2016
BBMP MAYOR ELECTIONS
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Akshatha M
JD(S) corporator M Anand from Radhakrishna Temple ward was elected as the Deputy Mayor in the polls marked by controversy over the suspension of voting rights of Independent MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar and BJP's PC Mohan.
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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 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.
Aug 25 2016
STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT SAGA - PART III
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Akshatha M
BDA master plan is not based on state Revenue Department's maps. Result: BDA master plan cannot be a reference for nalas!
Aug 23 2016
STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT SAGA - PART II
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Akshatha M
Land registrations take place without actual surveys, which makes it easy for anyone to register anything. Having Unique Property Ownership Records is a possible solution to the mess, but it's being opposed by the land mafia.
Aug 17 2016
DEMOLISHING STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT
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Akshatha M
Much has been said about demolitions of storm water drain encroachments. But how can BBMP sanction building plans on storm water drains? The mystery decoded.
Aug 04 2016
METRO ON OUTER RING ROAD
Akshatha M
BMRCL will be initiating the technical studies for KR Puram - Silk Board stretch, but when will the proposal be ready and how will the state find funds for a new section not part of the original design?
Aug 01 2016
AADHAAR AUTHENTICATION SAGA
Akshatha M
As private companies are increasingly using Aadhaar data, is the privacy and security of personal data really at risk? What do those defending Aadhaar have to say?
Jul 29 2016
AADHAAR AUTHENTICATION
Akshatha M
With Aadhaar being widely used by various agencies for different purposes, here's a look at how private players too are acting as a crucial link in the data authentication process.
Jul 22 2016
TAXI AGGREGATOR'S TUSSLE IN THE COURT
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Akshatha M
The on-going court battle between Karnataka Transport Department and taxi aggregators.
Jul 20 2016
BENGALURU TRAFFIC POLICE
Akshatha M
They man the traffic, spending their days sorting out chaos on the roads. What is a traffic cop’s life like?
Jul 14 2016
DISSECTING TAXI AGGREGATORS
Akshatha M
In the first part of cab aggregators series, you read about how the lives of cab drivers has changed and the profit they make with the advent of taxi aggregators like Uber and Ula. Here is the second part on how commuters are reacting to the changes in commuting
Jul 05 2016
CHANGING REALITY OF CAB AGGREGATION
Akshatha M
With the app based cab aggregators occupying space in the city’s transport system, how has it changed the lives of cab drivers? Do they really earn up to Rs 60,000-80,000 a month?
Jul 04 2016
Blog: Off Beat
How many legal and illegal hoardings are there in Bengaluru and how to identify them? Looking for a complete location-specific data? Chances are that you will never ever get it. In the month of April, when I started working on a series of...
Jun 24 2016
BENGALURU FOR SMART CITY
Akshatha M
While everyone believed Bengaluru was out of the smart city race, the city has got a chance to vie for the tag by proposing area-based development. Citizen feedback has been solicited for the project.
Jun 23 2016
ATHLETICS TRAINING IN BENGALURU
Akshatha M
A city with 1/6th of the state's population, yet Bengaluru cannot produce high performing athletes. Why?
Jun 15 2016
DECODING ILLEGAL ADVERTISING IN BANGALORE
Akshatha M
Why is BBMP unable to remove the illegal hoardings, at the same time not able to make any money from them? Is there anything that can be done to solve the problem? Last part of the series.
Jun 10 2016
SCHOOL FEE HIKE DEBATE IN BENGALURU
Akshatha M
While there are examples of schools getting into profiteering mode, there are schools that need to recover the investment. The 'charity' tag for schools and the unscientific fee structure the government is proposing is not helping solve any problem.
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