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May 10 2016
FATAL ACCIDENTS ON NICE ROAD
Vasanth Ramu
The road that's supposed to bypass Bangalore traffic has become a death trap with unregulated traffic. Government needs to take note, says a citizen.
May 10 2016
OPEN LETTER TO POLITICIANS OF BENGALURU
Kavitha Reddy
Politicians are responsible for visual pollution in the form of posters, banners and billboards in the city of Bengaluru.The city needs a break from ‘political litter’, argues Kavitha Reddy.
May 10 2016
PETITION TO BMRCL
Sanjith Rao
Last mile connectivity is still a problem for many commuters using the Metro. This 14-year-old wants BMRCL to allow people to carry cycles into the Metro, as it could help ease the problem.
May 10 2016
Blog: Ideas at Work
Dear members of civil society, who are the members of the newly formed Bangalore Blueprint Action Group, I am writing to you today because, like you, I care about Namma Bengaluru and I want its governance to improve. And I believe every one of...
May 05 2016
DURGA ALARM HOPES TO MAKE BUSES SAFER FOR WOMEN
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Meenakshi Giridhar
In early 2015, a safety alarm that allowed women notify fellow commuters about harassment was piloted in five BMTC buses in 2015. Since then, it has been waiting for a go-ahead from BMTC to install it in other vehicles. Here's why.
May 03 2016
PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT
S Srinivasan
Property tax payment data base doesn't seem to be updated. This is affecting the taxpayers adversely.
May 02 2016
KSPCB'S NEW NORMS ON NITROGEN
Ananth Seshadri Kodavasal
KSPCB introduces new norms for STP treatment - this is going to affect apartment STPs. Why incur a huge cost of this treatment, when there is a simpler, cheaper option, asks Dr Ananth Kodavasal.
Apr 26 2016
Ashwin Mahesh
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...
Apr 21 2016
ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDING CELEBRATIONS
Gadadhar Prem Kumar
The father of the groom shares a personal account of how one can celebrate something as grand as a wedding, without creating too much of a burden on the environment.
Apr 07 2016
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
How do the cricketers keep a track of their team mates at the Malleshwaram ground? Pic: Rajesh Kallaje Sports encompass every aspect of life in the United States. From the time we can walk we start playing at least one sport. Historically...
Apr 06 2016
CITIZEN INITIATIVES
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Mayur Channagere
There was a protest below Sarjapur Road flyover by the residents who live in the apartments next to the Outer Ring Road. And the outcome was positive. A citizen photographer captures the spirit in a video.
Apr 04 2016
PROPERTY TAX HIKE IN BANGALORE
D R Prakash
New hiked tariff, changed zones and tariff change because of it, no upgradation of property tax calculator - BBMP is not yet ready to collect property tax for 2016-17.
Mar 26 2016
VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY CONTROVERSY
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Pushpamala N
What are the concerns of the artists who are opposing the MoU between the government departments and Tasveer Foundation with regard to Venkatappa Art Gallery? An opinion from the artist fraternity.
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Mar 23 2016
PRESERVING BENGALURU'S HERITAGE BUNGALOWS
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Benjamin Mathews John
A recent INTACH study showed that almost 45% of Bengaluru's heritage buildings have been lost to development. So what can be done to preserve our colonial inheritance?
Mar 21 2016
PPP IN VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY
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V Ravichandar
Venkatappa Art Gallery is in the news, because artists are protesting the proposed private participation in the maintenance of the art gallery. V Ravichandar writes on the situation and possible solutions.
Mar 04 2016
WILL BENGALURU FIGHT FOR BELLANDUR LAKE?
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Sunita Iyer
It is only a matter of time before Bellandur lake becomes 'the lake that was'. Restoring Bengaluru's largest water body is one way to ensure better times for the city in the coming days.
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Mar 02 2016
PROBLEMS WITH BMTC BUSES
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Buses that do not wait, buses that wait too long, route numbers not displayed... Even for those citizens who are not averse to using public transport, BMTC's buses can prove to be challenging.
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Feb 23 2016
BEFORE CITB BECAME BDA
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T N Seetharam
"Everyone will buy cars... Traffic jams will start" - A visionary had predicted Bengaluru's problems 40 years ago.
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Jan 27 2016
POTHOLES OF BENGALURU
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Nidhi Gupta
A pothole is a nuisance, especially for a rider - this is a known fact. What is unknown is the cost a pothole can put on an economy. Nidhi Gupta tries to decode it.
Jan 25 2016
NEW RAILWAY LINE SUGGESTED
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A.S. Kodanda Pani
This new route can reduce the distance covered between Bengaluru and Tirupathi by 71 km, and can help reduce traffic on Old Madras Road.
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Jan 18 2016
AN APPEAL TO BENGALUREANS
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Nikhil Jois
There are many things about Bangalore that can and should be criticised. However, it is always better if the criticism is constructive, says this citizen journalist.
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Jan 05 2016
Blog: Whitefield Rising
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The Karnataka Municipal Act 1976, amended as per the requirements of the famous 74th Constitutional Amendment in 1994, stipulates that there “ …be a ward committee for each ward … (that) shall consist of … the Councillor...
Dec 28 2015
Blog: Malleshwaram Matters
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Several months ago I wrote about my attempts to get a streetlight fixed on the `model street' of 15th Cross Malleshwaram. First some `jugaad' work had been done by BBMP. When I complained - nothing happened. Then providence intervened in the form...
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Dec 23 2015
IAS TRANSFERS IN KARNATAKA
Vijay Krishna
What happens when officials are changed often? Their ability to bring in changes and improvements in their positions weakens.
Dec 21 2015
BBMP AND BWSSB IGNORE SENIOR CITIZEN'S PLEAS
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
BBMP contractors who cause damage to private properties refuse to repair them. A senior citizen voices her concern on the issue, because of which she had to suffer a lot.
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Dec 16 2015
BANGALORE METRO PARKING PROBLEMS
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Karishma Khanna
A commuter who wants to park her car in Metro station finds private 'for hire' vehicles parked there. Have you too faced this situation?
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