Bengaluru this week
January 16th 2015
Wish you a belated Happy Pongal/Sankranthi!
Citizen Matters got off to lovely start this week with business magazine, Livemint doing a feature on us. We were described as ‘a local news outlet for Bengaluru’. Read more here.
City news that matters
Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city.
This week’s highlight: Kere Habba 20BMTC yield to citizens’ demands
» BMTC has introduced the Chakra service, which will connect Whitefield in small local loops. BMTC also plans to increase the number of Big Trunk buses to the area. Many citizens of Whitefield worked with BMTC to make this happen. Read: Whitefield gets more buses.
» Ganga Madappa writes on what discourages her from using BMTC buses. Read: 10 reasons why she opts out of travelling by bus.
Voter roll issues
» New errors in voter rolls: Some voters are named ‘AAA’ and ‘XYZ’. A voter named Rajan is renamed to Mohammad Saleem and Mohsina Begum becomes Mohan Raj. Hilarious as it may sound, this denies some voters the right to vote in BBMP elections. Read: Ghar Wapsi, Election Commission Style.
Survey: How much are you paying for your water?
» How much do you pay for the water that comes to your home? Is it from BWSSB or a borewell or from tanker suppliers? Anirudh Rajashekar, a grad student from MIT and IIM-Bangalore are conducting a study to map out water tanker prices in Bangalore. This data will provide more transparency and inputs to water policy. Three lucky respondents to get four tickets each to PVR cinemas. Do take the survey: How much are you paying for water?
» BWSSB claims that sanitary charge is collected only from those apartments that don’t have private sewerage treatment plants. But there are apartments with independent STPs paying the charge. Read: The curious case of BWSSB sanitary charge collection.
» There are 58 Aadhaar Card enrolment centres in Bengaluru, of which 51 are Bangalore One centres. So if you’re looking to get an Aadhaar Card, here is the list of centres where you can get it done.
Bengaluru’s first Lake Festival
» The city’s first ever Kere Habba saw over 3,000 citizens gather at the Kaikondrahalli Lake premises. Nature walks, green workshops, story-telling sessions and more. Read: Bengaluru’s first lake festival.
» Family run at Kere Habba 2015
Clean up act
» The 2Bin1Bag campaign has now spread to over 50,000 households in the city. The campaign even has a new website now! Read about it and the recent Kere Habba in the Bellandur Buzz newsletter.
» Sruthi Krishnan from Fields of View takes a trip down memory lane to the time when her great-grandmother bottled pickles in ochre and white porcelain jars. While doing so, she also makes a valid point: Garbage is not so much about health, it’s more about being human.
The heroes among us
» Two participants of the B.CLIP program spearheaded a clean-up drive involving the community in Nagpura and Shivanagara wards. This is only the beginning they say. Read: Nagpura and Shivnagara wards get a facelift.
» YUVA recently showed appreciation and gratitude to 23 government officials on behalf of citizens of Yelahanka. Read: Citizens felicitate government officials.
» Going on a heritage walk can throw up some delightful insights into Bengaluru’s history. Aruna L recounts her experience. Read: A sneak peek into old Bangalore through a heritage walk.
Events this weekend
You can also have a look at the complete listing of events coming up in Bengaluru here.