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In this edition of Bengaluru This Week, we feature a story on upcoming shuttle bus services from mobile-based app service, Ola and ZipGo; this signals the entry of private players into public transport.
Read about why residents of HSR Layout are excited, yet wary about having a vehicle-free day in their area. We also have an analysis of the BDA’s 2,200 crore mutual fund scam. All this and more…
This week’s highlight: On the road
From anywhere to anywhere in Bengaluru for just 29 rupees. Sounds attractive, doesn’t it? In what is seen as an alternative public transportation to BMTC, private cars and rickshaws, app-based service providers like ZipGo and Ola have entered into the arena of public transport system in Bengaluru. What’s the consequence?
Though BJP won majority in BBMP council, Congress-JDS coalition has won the Mayor’s election, because all MLAs, MLCs and MPs from Bengaluru area can vote in mayoral elections. Read: Congress-JDS coalition wins BBMP Mayor’s seat.
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran reminisces about a time when steam engines ruled the rails, and when the ‘backside gate’ of the City railway station was still the entrance. Read: Riding the rails.
The heroes among us
Would you consider sleeping out of your home? Participate in Under The Stars and experience the realities of the homeless. Your participation will help NGOs working towards the prevention of homelessness, raise money. Read: Sleep out under the stars for the homeless.
The process for getting an entry ticket into Lalbagh has been outsourced to a private organisation. Deepa Mohan asks if this is a move to extort more money from the public. Read: Harassment of visitors at Lalbagh.
The garbage crisis has raised its ugly head yet again in Bengaluru, this time in the southern part of the city. Bingipura residents who opposed the dumping of garbage in the landfill in their vicinity, have given BBMP one month’s time to find an alternative site.
The Bengaluru City Police will soon open an exclusive cyber crime police station at the Police Commissioner’s office. The station which is likely to be opened in a week will help citizens to file complaints related to cyber crimes.
After the Congress-JD(S) alliance came to power in the BBMP Council, they have planned to present a supplementary budget for BBMP for the year 2015-16.
Following the mayoral election, chairpersons for the 12 standing committees were elected this week. Of them, six are independent corporators, one is from SDPI, three from Congress and two are from JD(S).
Wish you a Happy Republic Day in advance. Do read the article on the Indian National Anthem. In this week’s newsletter: When OCs are fake; How much do you pay for water?; What’s wrong with our voter rolls?