Bengaluru this week
April 7th 2016
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
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.
From waste to wisdom
Even as citizens of Bengaluru are still getting used to mandatory source segregation of waste, it looks like all of India will soon be following suit. The newly notified SWM rules mandate source segregation of waste for all urban and rural areas. Read: Govt of India follows Karnataka; mandates divide and rule for managing garbage.
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.
Here’s a story of hope, about how committed officials working with concerned citizens can reclaim a city that seemed to be down in the dumps. Read: How you can implement the plastic ban in your area.
On the sewage trail
Where does Bengaluru’s sewage go? What happens to it? Perumal Venkatesan embarks on a photographic journey along the sewage trail, and finds that what goes around comes around. See: The sewage that you let out may feed the veggies that you eat…
Property tax hike
New hiked tariff, changed zones and tariff change; and because of it, no upgradation of property tax calculator. BBMP doesn’t seem to be ready to collect property tax for 2016-17. Read: Dear BBMP, please give us 10% rebate in property tax payments!
FixMyRoad protest: A lookback
Remember the #FixMyRoad protest of December 2015, where citizens of ORR and Whitefield came out in hordes to protest against the abysmal state of the roads in these areas. Here’s a video that shows why it helps to work together.
Standing tall for trees
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
ASI Bangalore is working on archaeological excavations of ancient Jaina vestiges at Arthipura near Kokkare Bellur. Photographer Vanila Balaji who recently visited the site, shares a snapshot. Read: Jaina site near Maddur fascinates visitors with 1000 year old inscriptions.
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!
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