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>> State government is slowly and steadily moving towards splitting BBMP again. A high-level meeting that took place on Tuesday decided to re-organise zones and wards in the BBMP to facilitate bifurcation.
>> CID chargesheet against key accused in KPSC scam Mangala Sridhar, says that she called various candidates, around 450 times, before and after the examinations. Curiously there is also a name of ‘Doddavaru’ that came up during her conversations, reports Times of India. Mangala is an ex-corporator for BBMP, and was appointed as a KPSC member in Jagadish Shettar’s government.
>> Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science, has been placed in the world rank category of 301-400 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). IISc fans are disappointed by this rating.
>> Even as the evaluation report by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) revealed that the first phase of the Bangalore Traffic Improvement Project (B-TRAC, from 2007-2012) has not been successful, the City traffic police are gearing up to implement the second phase.
>> Finally we have some data on Bangalore traffic. A study by Consortium of Traffic Engineers and Safety Trainers says traffic speed in peak hours in the city is just 9.2 km/hour!
>> Thieves don’t leave anything. After city buses a few months ago, now it is bus shelters! A bus shelter worth Rs 5 lakh near Christ College mysteriously disappeared overnight. Police claim it was removed by a BBMP contractor.
>> A group of 15 students from Bishop Cotton Boys School has bagged the best Large Delegation award at the Harvard Model United Nations held in Hyderabad.The event saw participation from over 1500 students from 15 countries.
This week’s highlight: Bangalore Underground Festival
Citizens watching the photography exhibition at a subway at K R Circle. Pic: Bangalore Underground Project
What happens when a couple of otherwise dirty and under-utilised pedestrian subways are given a makeover? They transform into the city’s newest public venue for music and arts.
The Bangalore Underground Festival held at the pedestrian subways near Cubbon Park and KR Circle, on August 17th, was truly a celebration of the city’s art and music scene. Folks gathered to participate in a mélange of activities that included music performances, a 2k run, a heritage walk, photo exhibitions, art installations and more.
>> H Gopalakrishna, a long time resident of BEL Layout, Vidyaranyapura chronicles the story of Narasipura Lake. Read: From heaven, to hell and back again.
>> Rising water levels, new species of birds, trees shooting up in the monsoons – and now a white water lily – the Puttenahalli Lake throws up umpteen surprises!
The heroes among us
>> Taking charge of the road in front of the office – that’s the new mantra that corporates are following these days. Adopt-a-Mile initiative, aims to beautify one mile at a time through corporate help.
>> Why acquire new land for Metro – why not lay the Metro track on the existing railway track? Citizen writer, Awase Khirni Syed, shares his thoughts on decongesting the city.
>> A graphite factory continues to pollute the neighbourhood in Whitefield. What did the residents decide to do? Read on!
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In this edition read about the High Court mandate, which if implemented effectively, could solve Bengaluru’s garbage woes. Also read about how prepared the city is to handle an emergency, what we can learn from other cities that have implemented the plastic ban and more.
BDA and BBMP take steps to control Bellandur lake’s froth The planned sluice gate began its final run on August 8 in Bellandur lake to block froth from entering the city’s waterways, and irrigation tanks
Imagine a journey where each minute counts, and you cover the distance from Majestic to Whitefield in less than 45 minutes! A group of citizens working in Whitefield, worried about the impending traffic problem during Metro works, are working towards increasing commuter trains, which can take a sizeable amount of traffic off the roads.