Mar 18 2008
Blog: Citisense
I thought I'd begin my blog on Citizen Matters with the question: does the citizen really matter? Recent experiences in Bangalore suggest that they do not, especially in the context of public policy. The ongoing brouhaha...
Mar 12 2008
SHUTTING DOWN HAL AIRPORT
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Samuel Jacob
Pressure on the government to keep Bangalore's HAL airport running is beginning to gain ground. While much of the angst is over traffic snarls, the arguments are substantive and deserve attention.
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Mar 05 2008
WHAT'S THE CITIZEN TO DO
Srijaya N Char
One lady with a wheelbarrow. Another with a helper in a three wheeler to collect. Even other people to clean the drain. Yet at 10 AM, the streets...
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Mar 04 2008
CLASH OF LOCAL ECONOMIES
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Zainab Bawa
The CMH Road traders' association in Indiranagar is fighting an uphill battle to relocate the Metro alignment to Old Madras Road. The High Court awarded the latest round to BMRCL.
Feb 05 2008
GROWTH AND THE CITY
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Zainab Bawa
How do you go about widening roads when there are private properties, trees, and urban clusters in the areas proposed for widening? Can these be demolished for the sake of ease of everyday travel? Enter TDR. Zainab Bawa walks you through.
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Jan 25 2008
TREES OR TRAFFIC
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Deepa Mohan
The city administration has started lopping off trees earlier this month to widen 45 roads, even as officials agree that tree-cutting isn't a long-term fix. Citizens' groups are asserting that there has been little open dialogue on the real options. Deepa Mohan digs deeper.
Jan 20 2008
AUTO STRIKE
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Samuel Jacob
Autorickshaws in the city recently went on strike to press their case for a hike in the minimum fare from Rs.12 to Rs.20. Srinivas Murthy, head of Autorickshaw Drivers' Union cites rising costs of living as one reason. He spoke to Samuel Jacob .
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Dec 08 2007
BMTC TRANSIT CENTRE
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Anirvan Ghosh
Work is underway on BMTC's Transit Centre cum parking lot in Jayanagar, but the public remains sceptical of its benefits, finds Anirvan Ghosh
Nov 13 2007
URBAN PLANNING
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Samuel Jacob
This cacophony of houses, shops, offices and commercial units is one of the many tank beds that have been converted to layouts in the city. But short-sighted, unplanned and ad-hoc development has led to flooding and severe drainage issues for residents.
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Nov 05 2007
WATER CONTAMINATION
Samuel Jacob
Is the water you drink safe enough?
Nov 05 2007
CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Wise Buy
Bangalore Consumer Forum finds fault with Radiant Builders.
Aug 01 2007
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
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Muralidhar Rao
BMTC cannot cope up with the city's exploding need for transport. One option is to end its monopoly status.
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Jul 20 2007
BUILDING VIOLATIONS
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Rajeev Yeshwanth
Jayanagar citizens oppose high capacity apartment blocks in peaceful residential locality.
Jul 20 2007
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Rajeev Yeshwanth
Several citizens groups are working on improving Solid Waste Management.
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Jul 01 2007
NEW LAW BEING ENFORCED
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Revathi Siva Kumar
Since May 2007, the water board has made rainwater harvesting (RWH) mandatory for new constructions and appears to be quietly enforcing this rule.
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Aug 16 0026
STORM WATER DRAIN ENCROACHMENT DEMOLITION SAGA
Nagesh Aras
Who would be actually paying the damages? If the government pays any compensation, almost the entire cost would be paid by the Bangaloreans, given that the city generates about 80% of state GDP. Do you like the idea?
Aug 16 0026
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
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Arvind Keerthi
Companies in Whitefield have figured out a way to spend their CSR money on solving public problems. Installing traffic signals and fixing footpaths is the new mantra.
 
 

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