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Here is the latest news from Bengaluru, before we get into our stories:
Amid the hue and cry of residents, BBMP and BDA carried out a demolition drive at Sarakki lake bed. As many as 78 illegal structures were demolished through the week.
The Bengaluru traffic police have put forth a proposal to reverse the flow of traffic on Richmond Road and Residency Road in order to aid decongestion of traffic in the Central Business District.
Bengaluru city police commissioner’s Twitter account got a feather on its cap, when it hit the mark of one lakh followers. On the occasion, the city police have announced of venturing into other social network apps like Whatsapp and Instagram too.
Newly appointed Administrator to BBMP, Vijay Bhaskar in a recent meeting with Palike officials, has directed the officials to upload information related to all developmental work (completed, ongoing and yet to start) on the website for public view. He has also introduced a three-step mechanism to inspect completed work before the payment of bills to the contractors.
India Biodiversity Portal has initiated the Neighbourhood Tree Campaign where groups of youngsters make a note of the number of trees, species and condition of the tree. The campaign is taking place in various parts of the city including Jayanagar, Hebbal and Whitefield.
A 64-year-old woman was killed after she was moved down by a speeding BBMP garbage transportation truck on Akkipet main road near Chickpet.
The bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations last Saturday was total, with vehicles remaining off the streets, and shops and malls remaining closed.
This week’s highlight: In pictures – Bengaluru, through the years…
Standing 108 metres above ground level, Utility Building was at one time Bangalore’s tallest building
Have you ever visualised how the cityscape has changed through the years? Here is a comparison between the Bengaluru of yore, when it went by several flattering sobriquets, and the Bengaluru of today, which seems to be bursting at the seams with its population of 10 million.
It costs Rs 337 per head (for a meal, tea and snacks) to feed the corporators and officials who attend BBMP meetings. And in the 150 council meetings that were held in the past five years, BBMP has spent Rs 1.6 Cr for food.
Bangalore International Centre is hosting a talk on Surrogate motherhood with Gita Aravamudan and Sonali Kusum this evening at 6 pm.
Vijay Thiruvady will trace the individuals and institutions who were involved in the development of Bangalore as a Garden City at Greening of Bangalore, a talk on April 24th at Bangalore International Centre.
Short + Sweet, the annual theatre festival enters its semi-final round this weekend. Head to Alliance Francaise on April 24th and 25th for your dose of 10 minute plays.
On International Dance Day 108 dancers will be performing non-stop from 10 am to 10 pm. Head to Alliance Francaise on April 26th to be a part of this dance-a-thon.
In this edition, we start a new series, Insights into Bengaluru, with an indepth story on the financial issues of the urban poor. Read about the newly elected women corporators to the BBMP council and the latest happening on the Agara-Bellandur SEZ front. Check out our features on the Feed Your Neighbour initiative, and about one of Bengaluru’s forgotten architects, Otto Koenigsberger.
Around 500 air purifiers will be installed at traffic-heavy junctions in Bengaluru, in an attempt to reduce vehicular pollution. In other news, BBMP engineers may be held accountable for potholes, and the funding for Indira canteens may dry up. Read more in our weekly news roundup