In Focus
Dec 31 2015
FLOOD VULNERABILITY OF BENGALURU
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Dr Ajaya S Bharadwaja
What does growing from 69 sq km to 741 sq km, accommodating nearly one crore people mean to Bengaluru? Every change in land use and topography that reduces soil cover in Bengaluru is making the city more flood-prone.
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Dec 16 2015
HANDLING EMERGENCIES IN BANGALORE
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Akshatha M
Chennai floods taught a lesson or two regarding better coordination among agencies. What is the system in Bangalore? Which departments are supposed to handle emergency situations?
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Dec 15 2015
PLASTIC BAN IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
There are many cities in India that banned plastic in theory. How far did the the practical implementation go? What does Bengaluru have to learn from them?
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Dec 11 2015
FATAL ACCIDENTS ON NICE ROAD
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Pavan Kulkarni and Akshatha M
There are major accidents on NICE Road, but there are no speed limits. Why? When the police try to regulate traffic there, how does the company managing the road react?
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Dec 10 2015
DECODING AN URBAN FLOOD DISASTER
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Malini Ranganathan
Bengaluru may be physically different from Chennai in some ways. But the causes of Chennai’s flood risk are strikingly similar. Malini Ranganathan examines flood risk here and why the politics of land and “encroachment” lie at the heart of this manufactured risk.
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Dec 09 2015
DRY WASTE COLLECTION CENTRES IN BANGALORE - PART I
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Pinky Chandran and Sandya Narayanan
The concept of dry waste collection centers (DWCCs) is not new for Bengaluru. This article tracks the process of how it all started, and formalisation of DWCCs in Bengaluru, by the government.
Dec 04 2015
PLASTIC BAN IN KARNATAKA
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Akshatha M
Will there be jobs created by plastic ban in Bengaluru? What is the current demand for jute and cloth bags, and is it likely to go up? What does the government feel about implementation of the ban?
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Dec 02 2015
AMENDMENT TO TOWN PLANNING ACT
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Ajit Nagesh Naik
A recent amendment to the town planning act stops developers from selling properties to buyers before the layouts are developed fully and approved by the authorities. With this, the practice of letting developers sell 60% to buyers before developing the layout will be done away with.
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Nov 26 2015
PLASTIC BAN IN BENGALURU - PART II
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Akshatha M
There are no takers for low grade plastic, which is why the government has decided to ban it. There are ways to reuse the plastic waste, but they have not been found viable so far.
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Nov 19 2015
PLASTIC BAN IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Both plastic producers and recyclers in Jolly Mohalla, Nayandahalli and Peenya will be affected badly if the plastic ban is implemented in letter and spirit. What will happen to the livelihoods of the workers in such industries?
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Nov 04 2015
NO SAFETY AT COACHING CENTRES
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Akshatha M
Parents sending their children to tuition and coaching centres seem unaware of laws governing the institutes. Only 28 are registered while hundreds continue flouting rules merrily. Why is this a problem?
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Oct 26 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
How effective are micro-finance institutions in helping the poor in Bengaluru deal with their crises? Do self help groups really help? What is the downside?
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Oct 12 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
Poor in Bengaluru trapped in the vicious circle of money-lending are unable to get bank loans. Structurally the poor are designed to be left out of the banking system, as banks cannot determine either their ability or intent to repay loans.
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Oct 05 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
While most of us don’t understand why poorest of the poor in the society remain so for decades, here is a reality check that reveals the darker side of the story: an atrocious circle of borrowing, spending and borrowing again, to make ends meet, and remaining poor forever.
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Oct 01 2015
REALITY BEHIND DENGUE NUMBERS IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Every other person in Bengaluru complains of dengue. However the official dengue figure is projected at 1249 cases this year so far. What is the reality? An in-depth article.
Sep 25 2015
ACTIVISM FOR CUBBON PARK
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Aarthi Gunnupuri
Cubbon Park is one of the last green spaces left in Bengaluru. Who is fighting for what, with regards to Cubbon Park? What have the fights achieved?
Sep 24 2015
NIGHT SHLETERS FOR POOR IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
A night shelter can act as a home for all kinds of homeless including people with special needs. But night shelters in Bengaluru are occupied mostly by migrant labourers. The system ensures that not many people come to know about these shelters.
Sep 22 2015
POWER SITUATION IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Gone are the days of acute power shortage. But is it really over once for all? Does Bengaluru have enough power to satisfy its hunger? Will we face dark days again?
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Sep 14 2015
BDA'S MONEY INVESTED ILLEGALLY IN MUTUAL FUND
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Deepak Shenoy
Ever wondered what BDA - BMRCL mutual fund scam is all about? BDA's money was invested in mutual funds, which is recoverable. Why is this still called a scam? Here's some insight.
Sep 10 2015
NIGHT SHLETERS FOR POOR IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Did you know, that Bengaluru has night shelters for homeless? In fact Supreme Court mandates night shelters in cities, but not all cities have them. Bengaluru has them, but they are devoid of funds and inmates.
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Sep 07 2015
SKYWALKS IN BENGALURU
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Shamala Kittane Subramanyan and Shree D N
Pedestrians and vehicular traffic often fight for road space in Bengaluru. Even as signal-free roads with sprawling commercial centres are on the rise, more and more skywalks are being proposed. But are skywalks the solution to ease traffic? Who is benefiting really?
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Aug 20 2015
CANDIDATE INFORMATION FOR BBMP ELECTION 2015
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Akshatha M
Many women corporators were given a second chance though the reservation was changed in many wards to non-women categories. Here are the highlights of the partial analysis we did.
Aug 06 2015
ZONEWISE PROPERTY TAX DETAILS FOR BANGALORE
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News Desk
Is the tax that you pay the BBMP coming back to you in the form of good infrastructure? If not, what is happening to the money? What does the data say? Take a look at this article.
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Aug 04 2015
CAG REPORT ON LAKES
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Himanshu Upadhyaya
For all the talk about conserving lakes in Bengaluru, the latest CAG report shows rampant encroachments, buffer zone violations etc. While the city boasts about citizens taking charge of the lakes, only a few communities are involved in taking care of lakes.
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Jul 16 2015
TRACKING BENGALURU'S GROWTH
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Josephine Joseph
It is obvious that Bengaluru's population has been growing over the years. But how much? And at what cost?
Jul 08 2015
ATTENDANCE DETAILS OF BBMP CORPORATORS FOR 2014
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Akshatha M
Council meetings are the most important meetings held two or three days every month, where the corporators sit and decide how the city has to run. Did your corporator attend these meets regularly? Find out.
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