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  1. The temple near my house has a tradition of bathing their Deity who is Iyappa, in their site which is in our neighbourhood. They brought the Deity’s idol and bathed in a sump inside the site. The entire tank of water used for the bath has been left unattended since 11 December 2017. Though we have complained to temple authorities to clear the water from that sump, they haven’t responded. We have people who have already been affected by Dengue. This sump full of stagnant water is very harmful for all of us here. We have small kids and babies in this street.
    I have attached 2 pictures, one taken on the day after the bath tradition and one was taken now.
    Please take necessary action and help us live in a safe environment.
    Address: 1st cross, Subbanna Palya, Banaswadi Main Road, Bengaluru – 560043

  2. It is very great to have people like Srinivasulu now. Apart from gathering local citizens, firstltly he shall select at least 4 like minded hard working and courageous people from important Ward’s whose voices could be heard with an immediate solution for the motivation of the locals against BBMP, Law and order, RTO, pollution controlling authorities etc.

  3. Totally agree with you on the immediate measures to be taken. I am particularly concerned about the wrong side driving esp by water tankers and delivery boys. Many accidents happen because of these guys.

  4. Too much traffic and congestion is on sarjapur road, Pedestrians have to take careful precautions while crossing the road. It was to be constructed six lane but most of the things are on paper only ? Distribution of laptops with pictures of Chief Minister are distributed to SC/ST students as those are essential in increasing votebank, citizens of Bengaluru are suffering due to potholed and dug roads, garbage spread on both sides of Agara Lake, but nobody bothers about it ? Metro project is still going on turtle speed, who cares about Bengalurueans ?

  5. I have not seen progress on the Mysore Road stretch for the last four months. I do not understand as how one could conclude that phase two is on target.

  6. What were these worthies doing all these years? A precious life had to be sacrificed for these worthies to come to life! In our country the administration gets alerted only on the happening of a serious thing. And, this waking is for a shortwhile, and afterwards the elected go into hibernation.

  7. “The Brazilian example enables the up-gradation of existing slum settlements, an approach not even contemplated by the current RMP 2031. The RMP 2031 dedicates insufficient attention to issues related to low-income groups. Where ever community planning is undertaken in Bangalore, it occurs in a very contested way, as it is not facilitated by the local government.”
    Please identify local original Bengaluru folk and where they live. Way back in 1950s I learnt from the “aborigina;ls” or originals that Bengaluru has alienated them and cannot afford to live there. Another person a lecturer in the 1950s wanted some house to live in, but the rich business community would pay a much higher rent and the poor ” engineering college” lecturer could not find any affordable accommodation. An existing slum settlement history and how the strategy is developing for them with their participation in Bengaluru is necessary. In this connection the Dharavi slum in Mumbai and the developers and the dismembership and extinguishing of black communities in the USA are historical treasures which must be reviewed so as not to lose sight of the ecological, natural and economic(as if people mattered) aspects. Mobility and preservation of communities is essential if cities are not to be the breeding grounds for mental problems and other diseases and large scale suicides. References: 1. Keerti Ramachandra.2014. A dirge for the dammed.(English translation of Jhadajadti by Vishwas Patil and 2. Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It Paperback – August 30, 2005:They called it progress. But for the people whose homes and districts were bulldozed, the urban renewal projects that swept America starting in 1949 were nothing short of assault. Vibrant city blocks—places rich in history—were reduced to garbage-strewn vacant lots. When a neighborhood is destroyed its inhabitants suffer “root shock”: a traumatic stress reaction related to the destruction of one’s emotional ecosystem.

  8. Very nicely written press note Swetha, way to go!! I sure this workshop would have been received well Diksha will be really happy when I show this to her. Look forward to talking to you in detail when you are back here.

  9. One more point to add is that there are ‘STPs and STPs’. The prevailing paradigm is to use motor based STPs which use ‘aerobic bacteria ( which means air has to be blown into fecal matter tank )- Instead consider zero power zero maintenance no moving parts eco friendly STPs ( also called ECOSTPs) which use ‘anaerobic bacteria’ . Many Bangalore apartments with crunched spaces are using them and are happy . Time to think different!

  10. This ball game of throwing responsibilities back and forth will hurt the “citizen” most in the long run. Just to remind everyone that there will be a time when things will go completely out of hand. Things are too big to fail right now, but the problems will become bigger someday and it would be too late by then.
    Environmental apathy is all time high right now specially in Indians, and it’s a big concern when population this large has no concern about this imminent danger, well, to sum it up for people to understand – you’re creating a future which will kill your children.

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