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It’s going to be Deepavali this weekend. While the festival of lights brings in joy and celebration, it’s also the time when pollution peaks, and crackers only add to it. Is anything being done to create awareness among children on harmful effects of crackers? Ponder over this: Deepavali in the city: can it be safer and ecofriendly?
The Steel Flyover Debate
Weekends in Bengaluru these days are a witness to a citizen movement that the city never saw in recent days: a human chain to protest a steel flyover, a no-vote collection and more. What’s happening in Bengaluru? Why is the ‘Steel Flyover’ being opposed?
Human chain near Chalukya circle. Pic: Shree D N
Bengaluru has the most active citizenry any city can dream of. A flyover planned from Chalukya Circle to Hebbal at the heart of the city has united many citizens in the city in protest. Not following the due process has irked many, while the BDA helped fuel the controversy by refusing to share the data publicly. Read: How BDA botches up the steel flyover issue by hiding information
While a set of people are opposing the steel flyover project, Balaji Ganesan, a techie and a volunteer for civic initiatives, argues why the flyover will help take away fast-moving traffic that goes towards Hebbal and ORR. Read: Is Bengaluru’s civil society scoring self goals?
What documents are online?
We compiled the documents the BDA released, on Eprocurement website and on its own website.
The United Nations observes October 17th as the International Day for Eradication of Poverty. But for the BPL families in Bengaluru, the welfare schemes of the government continue to be far from reach. Read:So many social welfare schemes, who benefits?
Begging scam on the rise
Some strangers on the street approach you and say they have been cheated and ask you for money to go home. But you should never give money. Why? Because a begging scam is rampant on the streets of Bengaluru city, writes citizen journalist Shweta Taneja.
Imagine a journey where each minute counts, and you cover the distance from Majestic to Whitefield in less than 45 minutes! A group of citizens working in Whitefield, worried about the impending traffic problem during Metro works, are working towards increasing commuter trains, which can take a sizeable amount of traffic off the roads.
It is probably the best time to not have made plans to head out of town for the long weekend. Pay a visit to Lalbagh for the Independence Day Flower Show; it also happens to be the the 200th anniversary of the event.