Bengaluru this week
March 4th 2016
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This week’s highlight: The Mayor speaks his heart
It’s been months after the BBMP elections, but where is the council on its promises? We spoke to Manjunath Reddy, our Mayor on what he has been able to do and where the challenges are. He frankly admitted that the one year term is not sufficient to take up major initiatives.
Nevertheless, he shares how BBMP is trying to bring all properties under tax net, and road history and GIS mapping in progress. And yes, he promises a practical BBMP budget!
Read: An interview with the Mayor.
What brewed in the Budget?
From increased service taxes and import duties, to boost to low-cost housing sector, Arun Jaitley has introduced many measures in the Union budget. Devika Kher and Adhip Amin comment on what it means for Bengaluru. Read: How does the Union Budget affect Bengaluru?
Suburban rail got a brief mention in Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s speech on the Railway Budget. Read: Nothing concrete on commuter rail; Bengalureans unhappy with rail budget.
Janaagraha’s MyCityMyBudget campaign launched in November 2015, reached out to citizens to gather inputs for the upcoming BBMP Budget. Read: Janaagraha to submit data to BBMP Mayor.
Living in the city
On February 23rd, Bengaluru recorded 35.5℃, the highest temperature in February since 2005. And world over, media reports claimed that 2015 was the hottest year so far on earth. Read: What the temperature in Bengaluru tells about global warming.
Buses that do not wait, buses that wait too long, route numbers not displayed… Even for those citizens who are not averse to using public transport, BMTC’s buses can prove to be challenging. Read: 11 reasons why BMTC puts off commuters.
What has your experience been when you have needed to file an FIR? This Women’s Day, Amnesty is inviting women to tell the police how they would like them to react. Read: Tell the police what you want of them when you file an FIR.
B.PAC presented its objections to BESCOM’s proposal to increase tariff for FY ’17 at the public hearing conducted by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission on February 26th. Read: No case for increase in power tariff.
The heroes among us
13-year-old Jayakumar is a resident of Sivakasi and his mother works in a cracker manufacturing unit. This young boy spoke about the safety standards at similar factories and then proceeded to demonstrate his invention at the Beyond Carlton anniversary which took place on February 23rd. Read: 13-year-old demos fire extinguisher he invented himself.
One of the results of building flyovers to ease traffic is that the spaces underneath them often become a kind of wasteland. The Under The Flyover event held at the Hebbal flyover on January 26th saw citizens painting silhouettes of themselves on the pillars. Read: Claiming public spaces.
Living by the lake
Many migratory birds, flowers heralding the onset of summer, people on a boat ride, a gorgeous sunset – these are some of the things that you will come across at Madiwala lake. Read: Bird walk at Madiwala kere.
Here’s a report from Horamavu Agara kere which has got a facelift thanks to the efforts of local citizens living near the lake. People are now stopping by to admire the lake, and the instances of garbage being thrown in the premises have reduced as well. Read: Visibility makes a difference.
The lives of others
In Bengaluru, you can be sure to find roadside entrepreneurs on pretty much every corner you turn. Here are two young men, who walk around town looking for cars to fix. Read: Thinking on the move!
Off the beaten track
Would a visit to a nuclear power plant ever be part of your travel plans? Deepa Mohan visits the Kaiga plant and tells you how you can go about it. Read: You too can visit a nuclear power plant!
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