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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.
BBMP has begun the construction of an open air theatre under Domlur flyover at a cost of 40 lakhs. The theatre can accommodate up to 500 people and will also have a Bangalore One centre.
BMRCL is in talks with the Forest Department to acquire 4.97 hectares of forest land near Devika Rani Roerich estate on Kanakpura Road for a planned depot for the metro. This will be the first time that forest land is being acquired for the Metro project.
BESCOM officials have told the High Court that unless alternate land is made available, they are in no position to shift electricity transformers from footpaths as it will adversely affect consumers.
Bengaluru Police have arrested a suspected Bodo militant who was allegedly involved in a recent killing of six tribals in Assam. He was carrying a phone with an preactivated, unverified SIM card. The police have also filed a case against Vodafone India and seven distributors for duplicating genuine customers’ documents to create a fake identities to issue SIM cards.
Bengaluru is all set to get its longest train route to Katra at the foothills of the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. The Yeshwantpur-Katra Express will cover a distance of 3,246 km in 56 hours and 40 minutes.
Of the 24 cases of H1N1 or swine flu reported in Karnataka since the beginning of 2015, 15 are from within Bengaluru alone. While the Health Department has said that there is no reason for alarm, it has asked people to take precautions and not ignore any symptoms.
Close to a year after the Upa Lokayukta directed BWSSB to set up a sewage treatment plant at Puttenahalli Lake in Yelahanka, the lake has become more polluted than before due to a stormwater drain carrying sewage from areas around 5th and 6th phase.
ECA International’s has pegged Bengaluru at rank 171 in the global liveability index for expatriates. Mumbai and Chennai follow behind, both at rank 182.
Ola Cabs is on the verge of buying its former rival Taxi For Sure, in a move to take on Uber. The deal is likely to be finalised in the next ten days and is said to be pegged at a whopping Rs 1,250 crore.
This week’s highlight: When layout developers don’t give up Civic Amenities sites
» The Revised Master Plan 2015 states that the 45% of the total land area in a layout needs to be reserved for civic amenities. In response to a lawsuit filed by Classic Orchards Property Owners Association, the High Court has said that BDA must get unrelinquished CA sites from layouts.
» Anirudh Rajashekar, a masters student from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and IIM Bangalore’s CRERI group are collaborating on a research study involving private water tankers. Please take the survey – How much do you pay for water?
Three lucky respondents will go home with PVR tickets!
» Need to dispose of bulbs, CFLS, tube lights, batteries and other electronic parts? Hasiru Dala is organising an e-waste pickup drive at Bellandur on February 9th. That and more in the Bellandur Buzz newsletter.
» The times they are a-changin’? We sure hope so. Deepa Mohan shares a picture from Bannerghatta National Park which we hope is inspiration enough for others to follow. Read: Welcome sight in Bannerghatta.
Food for thought
» Ashwin Mahesh shares some food for thought this Republic Day on citizenship. He opines that the most useful input to public problem solving is not ‘quantum of time’ or ‘money’, but persistence. Read: It’s time to celebrate citizenship.
Events this weekend
Watch 9 Mois Ferme, a César Award nominated French comedy film at Alliance Francaise on January 29th.
Bhoomi College is organising a workshop on Organic Gardening on January 31st. This workshop will help you apply the basic principles of gardening to your home, apartment or terrace.
Take your children to the Banyan Tree Festival to be held at Pestalozzi Children’s Village Machohalli on January 31st and join them as they take part in a multitude of activities including kite flying, storytelling and paper bag making.
Jagriti is playing host to the world premier of the play Stalowa Wola, a story about a man who goes on a journey in search of his dead wife’s ghost on January 30th and 31st and February 1st.
Another activity for children – Little Cloud Storytelling Time for kids between four and six years. This will start on February 1st and go on until March at Ranga Shankara.
By now, Bangaloreans are familiar with top police officer Rajvir Sharma’s run-in with Bangalore Club over a month ago. Is there a lesson from such incidents? Also read: Sanjay Nagar shops drop plastic | Save Bengaluru’s heritage markets and more…