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We’re glad to report that our Journalism Workshop went well. Around 40 citizens came forward to understand city issues and learn to use journalism to share their ideas and experiences. We also managed to raise some funds for the journalism published on Citizen Matters. But what really has us over the moon is that there are so many active citizens keen on doing their bit for a better Bengaluru. A big thanks to all the participants. Click here for pictures from the workshop.
We also continue our Summer Fundraiser with the TCS World 10K that is coming up on May 15th. If you are running in the event, we urge you to partner with us to raise funds to support our work. We already have five people who have committed to do so. Look out for our mailer with updates on the same or write to email@example.com for more information.
This week’s highlight: Say no to elevated roads
Elevated road on Hosur road. Pic source: skyscrapercity.com
What does it take to make Bengaluru transport sustainable? Is building more elevated roads helping the cause? Sathya Sankaran of Citizens for Sustainability (CiFoS) explores the problem and solutions. He also responds to frequently used excuses like, “Bangalore isn’t Amsterdam, ok?” and “India has tried stuff like bicycle lanes and BRT. All these projects have failed.”
Life outside prison
On Republic Day, around 98 prisoners from Bangalore Central Jail were released prematurely by the State government for good conduct. With many of them having been behind bars for over 14 years, life outside prison is challenging. Our Staff Reporter, Akshatha M spoke to a few of them to understand what life is like outside. Read: Out of jail, life is a roller coaster for these released prisoners.
A green Ugadi is what the BBMP is gunning for this time. This is the first time that the BBMP is trying to systematically address the problem of organic waste produced during festivals. Read: BBMP plans for a cleaner and greener Ugadi.
On 31st March 2016, a 40-year-old African Tulip tree in Indiranagar 1st stage, home to hundreds of parakeets and scores of nests nurturing young ones, was felled down. Here’s how residents came together following the incident. Read: When a tree falls, a community bands together.
The Politeness Project
When you are nice to people who are doing you a service, you can be sure that they will be nice in return. After acting as a voluntary doorman and not being thanked for it, Divya Sreedharan is now following the Politeness Project
Bas-reliefs depicting the Tirthankaras at Chikkabetta. Pic: Vanila Balaji
Imagine you’re harmlessly playing a game of cards on your trip to Karwar, when someone tells you that you are gambling. What would you do? Read our new intern, Noah’s account of his misadventures. Read: Game of cards that fell apart!
The week that was
The Central Ground Water Board has warned that groundwater in several parts of Bengaluru urban and rural areas is contaminated with carcinogenic nitrates. In most areas of Bengaluru, the presence of nitrates ranges between 45 to 100 milligrams per litre, as against the permissible limit of 40 milligrams per litre, a CGWB official has said.
In the latest development in connection with solid waste management, BBMP has signed memorandums with five compost manufacturers and fertiliser firms. In the agreement, BBMP has ensured that it will deliver a fixed quantity of solid waste to the compost manufacturers for turning waste generated in the city to compost.
The BBMP’s original budget outlay of Rs 8,991 crore has been revised and hiked by Rs 370 crore. The revised budget of Rs 9,360 crore was approved in the council on Tuesday, amidst opposition from BJP corporators.
A team led by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety, SK Mittal, has begun the testing the underground metro stretch of 4.8 km, connecting Mysore Road and Byappanahalli, this week. Commercial operation of the underground metro will start once the CMRS gives the clearance certificate.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has topped the list of best in university category in the ‘India Ranking 2016’ by the Union HRD Ministry. IIM Bengaluru has been ranked the best management institute in India.
Events this week
Bhumika, A Smita Patil retrospective – April 8th, 9th and 10th
Many summer camps are in progress in Bengaluru for those of you looking to enroll your child in one. Have a look here.
If you are a Smita Patil fan, don’t miss Bhumika, a film festival celebrating the yesteryear actress’ legacy. The festival is taking place at Alliance Francaise and other venues on April 8th, 9th and 10th.
Make your way to Alliance Francaise on April 9th for Sursagar, a Hindustani vocal recital by musicians from the Gwalior Gharana.
State government plans to set up ‘zonal committees’ for further decentralisation of BBMP. The committees will include citizens and senior officials, and will decide on zonal works. Read more on what else happened in Bengaluru over the past week, in our roundup
In this edition, read about the protest by citizens of Whitefield against the bad infrastructure, and why citizens are rallying behind Upa Lokayukta Justice Adi. Also read about what transpired at the recent public hearing on BMRCL’s plan to axe trees. All this and more…
BBMP will mandate agencies that dig up roads, to pay a security deposit that covers 100 percent of the road restoration cost. Also from now, BBMP – not the agencies – will restore the dug roads. Read more on this, and other news from the city over the past week, in our roundup