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City news that matters
Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city.
Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar wants HAL airport re-opened, on which he has written a letter to Civil Aviation Ministry. However, the agreement signed with BIAL in 2004 indicates that no airport can operate within a distance of 150 km, before 2029.
BMTC gets national award for low accident rate. One more feather in Bengaluru’s cap!
Traffic Police data reveals that 2014 was an year of lowest accidents, since 2005. While vehicle population is at all-time high, accidents have significantly reduced.
HC asks BBMP to fine ward engineers if footpaths are not walkable or broken.
Bharat Heavy Electronics Ltd has got an order of Rs 1200 crores from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd, for a 370 MW gas-based power plant, which will come up in Yelahanka.
After Bus Day and Cycle Day, Bengaluru gets set for Rail Day on February 4th, to encourage commuters to experience train travel and see if it makes a difference to their travel time.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is gearing up to open a Research and Development centre in Bengaluru by March-April 2015 at Cessna Business Park.
Twitter has acquired the Bengaluru-based startup ZipDial, which is a mobile marketing platform.
January 18th, coming Sunday, is Pulse Polio day. BBMP has geared up to carry out the Pulse Polio drive as usual.
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.
» 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?
» 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
Children try to catch lake creatures during a workshop. Pic: Akshatha M
» 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.
» 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.
What does the Mayor have to say about in term in office? What does the Union Budget spell for Bengaluru? What does Bengaluru’s weather spell for global warming? All this and more in this week’s edition of Citizen Matters’ newsletter.