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In this edition of Bengaluru This Week, find out about the various documents you need to check before buying a property in the city. Also understand why a bandh has been declared on September 26th, and why you have been at the receiving end of power cuts. We also have a survey for you: if you or anyone you know has had dengue, please take the survey. All this and more… Happy reading!
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This week’s highlight: Documents to check while buying property
Pic: Ganga Madappa
Before buying any property, it is essential that you check all the documents provided by the present property owner and authenticate it with the agencies issuing the documents.
Read our guide: What documents to check while buying property in Bengaluru?
Living in the city
Why has a Karnataka bandh been called for on September 26th? How will Bengaluru be affected? What care should you take? Read: Karnataka bandh: buses to North Karnataka might be hit.
Earlier this month, some parts of Bengaluru saw up to four hours of power cuts daily. While there has been no scheduled load shedding since September 13th, will the city see dark days again? Read: Why did Bengaluru face power cuts? Will it be back?
Bunk beds at a homeless shelter are dusty and unused. Pic: Akshatha M
A night shelter can act as a home for all kinds of homeless people including those with special needs. But night shelters in Bengaluru are occupied mostly by migrant labourers. The system ensures that not many people come to know about these shelters. Read: BBMP helpline unaware of its own night shelters.
On the road
The Open Streets events held at HSR Layout has generated much conversation, from supporters and critics alike. So what went well and what did not? Read: HSR Open Streets: Many happy, some bugged, all vocal.
Citizens hold placards in protests in front of the BBMP office. Pic: Dr Dominic Dixon
Several citizens of Bengaluru protested against BBMP yesterday for failing to provide safe roads. They threatened to boycott paying taxes unless their demands were met. Read: Citizens to protest against Bengaluru’s pothole-ridden roads.
Things to do
The first edition of Bengaluru’s first business literature festival hopes to motivate the city’s executives and give them a break from the daily rigmarole. Here’s how it all came about. Read: Bangalore Biz LitFest to take off on September 26th.
Voice of the people
Shops in KSRTC bus depots typically charge all items including water over the maximum retail price. Syed Yakoob calls this a mockery of the Consumer Protection Act. Read: Why are items charged above MRP in KSRTC bus stops?
HSR Layout already has many issues related to buses and transport. Here’s one more issue: the bus stop near BDA Complex could relocate soon. Read: Will ‘Convention Center’ on CA site move the bus stop?
Food for thought
Now more than ever, it is important that parents are on their toes to ensure their child’s safety. However, it is important that they remember not to over-parent. Read: Parenting: how much is too much?
The week that was
- After a woman pillion rider died in a road accident reportedly due to a pothole on Outer Ring Road, the BBMP has woken up from its slumber to repair potholes. District in-Charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy has set October 5th as the deadline to fill all the potholes in the city.
- BJP corporator G Manjunath Raju who recently lost the Mayoral election, has moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the election of Manjunath Reddy as Mayor. He has questioned the provisions of KMC Act that allows MLAs, MLCs and MPs to vote in the Mayoral election.
- The Transport Department seized vehicles belonging to ZipGo and has levied a fine. ZipGo has temporarily suspended the services too. Citizen Matters had featured the entry of private players into the public transport segment last week.
- Even as the number chain-snatching cases are on the rise in the city, Bengaluru police have arrested a gang of chain snatchers and recovered gold worth Rs 60 lakh.
- The second edition of the three-day Coffee Santhe will kickoff at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat on September 25th. The Santhe will display a wide range of coffee from across the country and will feature demonstrations on brewing coffee, competitions for children etc.
Events this week
- Listen to Hindi and Kannada film songs at a concert by Kunal Ganjawala at APS College Grounds at 5.30 pm this evening.
- Watch Les beaux gosses (The French kissers) at Alliance Francaise this evening at 7 pm.
- Visit Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat between September 24th and 27th for My City Speaks to Me, an exhibition by artist Sharmila Anand, and photogrpaher PeeVee. PeeVee has written and photographed for Citizen Matters in the past.
- Woodspeak, a driftwood art exhibition featuring sculptures created by Subir Chakravorty is on display at Rangoli Metro Art Centre on September 25th, 26th and 27th.
- Alliance Française in collaboration with Bangalore Little Theatre is organising a Theatre Appreciation Workshop on September 26th.
- French duo, Miscellaneous (MC) and Bankal (Beatmaker) of Chill Bump will be performing at Humming Tree on September 26th.
- Harshvardhan Singh, a student of Pandit Birju Maharaj will be conducting a Kathak workshop at Anandashram up to September 27th.
- Visit A Green Blast, a green mela at Electronic City on September 27th. The event will feature workshops, talks and activities on sustainable living.
Click here for the complete list of events in Bengaluru.