CITIZEN MATTERS Bangalore’s own interactive newsmagazine Speak up, it’s your city!
Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city:
25 slums in Bengaluru will get water at Rs 5 for 25 litres, as BBMP teams up with USAID and Water Health India as summer approaches.
Aero India 2015 to be held at Yelahanka Airforce Station, between February 18th and 22nd. Bengaluru Urban and Rural District Commissioners have warned of strict action if trash is thrown indiscriminately in Yelahanka, in the backdrop of the aero show.
Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority Bill-2014, that helps remove encroachment of lakes across the state, passed by the State government.
BBMP has called a tender for 16 sweeping machines. Ahmedabad is the other city that has mechanised sweepers in India.
Bengaluru has been chosen for 100 Resilient Cities project, by US-based Rockefeller Foundation.
Nayandahalli flyover that was in construction for the past five years, will be open to public this week.
It’s going to be traditional taxi operators vs. aggregators in Bengaluru. Traditional operators have asked the Transport Department to increase the base price for hired cabs.
This week’s highlight: Say it with flowers
A vendor sorting jasmine flowers at a flower stall in KR Market. Pic: Varsha Parashivamurthy
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of you may be thinking gifting flowers. But have you wondered where Bengaluru gets it flowers from? Take a step into Krishna Rajendra Market, where farmers and wholesalers trade blooms.
While the State Government’s new mobile governance project, Karnataka Mobile One allows people pay bills, make complaints and even search for doctors, it has not met people’s expectations. Read: Government app caters only to Bengaluru.
On the occasion of its 61st Bus Day, BMTC introduced additional Chakra services to improve connectivity in Yelahanka. It also teamed up with Durga India, an NGO, to pilot test alarms on five BMTC buses. This will help those in need alert other passengers and the driver in case of harassment. Read: Buses to get safer with the Durga alarm.
Here’s a story about a black and white cat full of attitude, Pussa. A must read for animal lovers, and for those who wonder what life in Bengaluru in the 60s was like. Read: Her Highness and her adorable follies.
A cluster of Harvestmen. Pic: Deepa Mohan
What comes to mind when you hear the word Harvestmen? Farmers? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Meet Daddy long-legs in our newest post on Nature Feature.
Events this weekend
Attend a book discussion on The Copper Sky with author Abhijit Gupta at Bangalore International Centre on February 13th.
Neralu, Bengaluru’s Urban Tree Festival continues this weekend at Cubbon Park and Ashwath Katte. Take a stroll on the tree walks, listen to mesmerising talks and watch a melange of cultural activities on February 14th.
In this edition, we have a wonderful community initiative that has distributed a whopping 84,646 packs of food to the hungry. Do check out the transport arrangements that have been made by the traffic police and KSRTC for the long weekend. We also have several citizen features – lessons we can learn from Canada, how rampant racism is the city, and what an ideal weekend in Bengaluru is like.
State government plans to set up ‘zonal committees’ for further decentralisation of BBMP. The committees will include citizens and senior officials, and will decide on zonal works. Read more on what else happened in Bengaluru over the past week, in our roundup