Bengaluru this week
February 12th 2015
Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city:
This week’s highlight: Say it with flowers
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.
Read: Get a glimpse into Huvina Mandi.
Living in the city
Real estate prices are on the rise near Whitefield. However, the unauthorised burning of plastic waste in the Whitefield area has affected villagers and gated community residents alike. Read: You can buy a villa for 3 crores in Whitefield suburbs, but not clean air!
When it pours in Malleswaram, Koramangala is bone-dry. Whitefield and Jayanagar record minimum temperatures at different times of the morning. Read: Citizen Weather Network documents Bengaluru’s microclimate.
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.
BESCOM had submitted a proposal to hike tariff by 80 paise per unit across all categories. B.PAC and AAP objected to the proposed hike at the KERC Public Hearing on February 6th.
Neralu Urban Tree Festival
The grand finale of Neralu will see several art and cultural performances at Bal Bhavan on February 14th. Do participate in the Hug-A-Tree campaign on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.
Bengalureans express their love for trees at Neralu
Painting the town red, green, yellow and every other colour
They always say the bus will reach soon, but Vaidya is yet to see the particular bus he wants to catch. Read: The mythical BMTC bus that never reaches platform no: 29.
A real life experience of connecting LPG connection and bank account to Aadhaar card. The writer asks the Modi government what they can do about it. Read: The reality of the Aadhaar and LPD subsidy scheme.
Awase Khirni Syed, a GIS expert, points out that using the existing infrastructure in Whitefield can go a long way in easing the traffic situation. Read: Seven stations that can be improved to ease traffic.
The elusive Indian public toilet… It is like the Indian rope trick, people have heard about it, but no one has seen it! So what can a woman do, when she’s just got to go?
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.
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