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In this week’s edition of Bengaluru This Week, we feature a story on the condition of Supreme Court mandated night shelters for the homeless in the city. Read about the multiple skywalks purportedly coming up in Bengaluru and who they will benefit. We also have guides on using trains for your daily commute, getting the name changed on your electricity bill and applying for birth and death certificates. Also check out a lovely photo feature on the Arkavathy and the Vrushabhavathy. All this and more… Happy reading!
This week’s highlight: For whom, the skywalks in Bengaluru?
People prefer crossing over on road, beneath the Mysore Bank skywalk. Pic: Shamala Kittane Subramaniam
NGO estimates say there are over 17,000 homeless people in Bangalore. BBMP’s own number is way lower at 1,250.Meanwhile the ten operational night shelters can accommodate barely 250. Many of them are devoid of funds and see few inmates, while countless brave harsh conditions in the open. Why? Read: Night shelters for homeless: fundless and neglected.
Guides to living in the city
A train draws into the railway station at Whitefield. File pic.
Here’s an overview of how to apply for and get a birth or death certificate in Bengaluru city, again without having to resort to paying a bribe. Read: Getting birth and death certificates.
If you are yet to book tickets to visit your hometown for Gowri Ganesha, worry not. KSRTC has arranged for additional buses this festive season. Read: Special buses for Gowri Ganesha.
The Arkavathy is born here. Pic: Vishwanath Srikantaiah
The Vrushabhavathy river rises from the Bull Temple in Basavangudi and meets the Arkavathy, which rises from the Nandi Hills range, at Kudlu. Vishwanath Srikantaiah traces the journey of the mother river and her tributary: By the rivers of Bengaluru.
Food for thought
Divya Sreedharan questions how people sometimes fail to recognise others silent cries for help. Have we become so self-obsessed with ourselves, that we don’t notice what’s happening around us? Read: Lives of quiet desperation
Ashwin Mahesh points out the lacuna in the Right to Education Act and says that for it to be truly effective, it must be amended. Read: Why the RTE Act should be amended.
Celebrate International Literacy Day with The Boy and the Drum, a storytelling session at Puttenahalli lake on September 12th.
If you live near Horamavu, here’s a chance to reconnect with your neighbourhood lake. Attend the Horamavu Kere Habba on September 12th and be a part of games, workshops, walks and more.
Every year, during Ganesha Habba, there is plenty of non-biodegradable material that makes its way into Bengaluru’s lakes. To encourage people to use clay idols, MAPSAS is hosting two events at Kaikondrahalli lake on September 13th. Read: Preparing for an eco-friendly Ganesha festival.
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday, allowed the participation of non-corporators including MPs and MLAs in Mayoral election scheduled for September 11th. However, the Court said it would decide on the constitutionality of their participation after full hearing of the petition filed by five BJP corporators, post the election.
With only a day left for the Bengaluru’s Mayoral election, an alliance between the Congress and JD(S) is almost confirmed. The Congress has sent its councillor-elect and independent councillors to resorts in Kodagu to avoid any attempts of horse-trading by the BJP. Corporators will directly come to the election venue on Friday.
BESCOM which had earlier announced of three hours of load-shedding in residential blocks, has on Tuesday decided to increase the load shedding to four hours everyday. Industrial and commercial set-ups will have to face two hours of power cut.
BBMP will reintroduce paid parking in 56 roads in the Central Business District from October. Each road will have a ticket vending machine and vehicle owners can pay through smart cards provided by BBMP or Credit/Debit card or through an exclusive mobile app.
Bengaluru police have arrested a city-based sales executive MG Gokul for sending hoax messages of bomb threats to Bengaluru and Delhi airports. He has also been charged with murdering his wife Anuradha a month ago.
Nasscom along with Bengaluru police will organise ‘Urban Hack’ in the city on October 3rd and 4th. It is themed around improving transportation, crime prevention and public safety through the use of technology.
A high school in JP Nagar was shut down temporarily as a precautionary measure after 15 students complained of fever, when two students who were diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, returned to school after medical leave.
Events this week
Watch Biswa In Your Face, comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath’s second hour-long stand-up special at Alliance Francaise on September 10th.
Attend the book release of Creating a New Medina, authored by Venkat Dhulipala on September 11th at Bangalore International Centre
Watch the docu-drama Banned Aid, and get an insight into child labour in India at Bangalore International Centre on September 12th.
Watch the play Made in ILVA to understand the impact of the biggest steelworks of Europe on the environment. The play is being staged at Jagriti Theatre on September 15th.
Mobility is our theme for the week; we have several articles covering various aspects of commuting in Bengaluru, from why BMTC and BMRCL should not be allowed to monopolise, to shuttle aggregator ZipGo’s ongoing tussle with the Transport Department. We also tell you what you should do when you come into contact with wildlife in the city.