Bengaluru this week
March 17th 2016
Phew, it just seems like yesterday we were reaching out to you, but it is already end of the financial year, and we start our bi-annual fundraiser. We will mail you shortly with details on how to donate.
Citizen Matters Journalism Workshop
We are happy to announce the workshop for citizen activists, aspiring writer-journalists, or just anybody who wants to write impactfully on issues important to you, and reach out to a larger audience.
It will be held on April 2nd and includes interactive sessions anchored by experienced journalists – covering writing, photography, filmmaking, data journalism and tools, along with an understanding of how the city works. For more information, write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org or see facebook.com/events/817745518352424.
Are you running TCS World 10K?
We are inviting runners who are participating in the TCS World 10K in May to run for us. If you would like to sign up with us as a fundraiser or Care Champion, mail us.
This week’s highlight: How a bunch of citizens lobbied for the real estate bill and how it can impact you!
The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill which has been passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is likely to bring in more transparency in the real estate sector. Several citizen groups in Bengaluru too played a role in pushing the Bill. Also check the key provisions of the bill and how it can help safeguard your property purchase.
Read: How a bunch of Bengalureans batted for the Real Estate Bill.
A peek into Metro’s unseen corners
Namma Metro officials took Bangalore In-charge Minister K J George and media persons on a tour of the yet-to-be opened underground Metro stations on the East-West corridor yesterday. Read: A journey into Bangalore Metro’s hitherto unseen corners.
You can travel by Namma Metro from Mysore Road to Baiyappanahalli from this April onwards. But your wish to travel from all destinations in Phase-I of Namma Metro will come true only by the end of the year realistically. Read: When is Namma Metro Phase-I expected to complete realistically?
More on the city
BBMP met with journalists yesterday for the pre-budget consultation, because “journalists have their ears on the ground and therefore are capable of advising based on ground realities”. Read: When journalists gave inputs for BBMP budget.
Allocation of 1% of funds from BBMP budget, temporary grievance redressal cell, free public amenities in markets – these are some of the streets vendors demands to the BBMP. Read: Street vendors want 1% share of BBMP Budget.
For an international traveller flying on or out of Bengaluru, BMTC’s Vayu Vajra service can be inconvenient. Whether they are arriving or departing, there is no choice but to wait at the airport for a couple of hours if they want to take the bus. Read: The Vayu Vajra service is not customer friendly.
KSPCB had organised a meeting with over 150 RWAs to discuss solid waste management and protection of lakes. Read: Citizens urge KSPCB to appoint committees to monitor waste and lake activities.
Workshop: Neighbourhoods of Tomorrow
ApartmentADDA is a hosting a workshop on the various aspects of managing an apartment complex. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 19th at the TERI Complex in Domlur. Read: Workshop for better management of apartments this Saturday.
Kannahalli composting plant ran into problems with villagers from the vicinity protesting against the stink emanating from the plant. How is the leachate being handled now? Read: How leachate will be controlled in Kannahalli.
Plastic ban is now official in Karnataka. The ban prohibits the production, transportation, sale and use of certain plastic products including carry bags, plates, cups, spoons, sheets, flexes, banners, buntings and items made of thermocol. Read the gazetted notification: Plastic ban now official!
A board put up in the Arekere forest asks people not to dump garbage. Ironically, one can find garbage scattered right behind it. Read: What is illegal dumping?
Many a time, we don’t think twice before we enter a password on a website, or make an online transaction. Here’s why you should pay more attention! Read: How not to fall prey to email scams and online fraudsters.
Residents of Koramangala 3rd block participated in a walk last week to bring attention to the neighbourhood playground. They want BDA to recall the allotment of a CA site adjacent to the playground to a Trust.
In Bengaluru, an auto driver can probably speak at least three languages. Finding an apartment to rent in the Malleshwaram locality often depends on what your eating habits are. What do these statements say about Bengaluru’s porosity? Read: How porous can the city become?
A first-hand account of a trip to the People For Animals (PFA) rescue centre shows a citizen how much the organisation does for the injured and abandoned wildlife in the city. Read: How a visit to a wildlife centre helped rescue a kite.
Ideas at work
Ashwin Mahesh shared an extract from his proposal to the government on things to include in the State Budget 2016-2017. Read: How the State can help Bengaluru.
Also read: Lose-lose propositions on public expenditure need to change.
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