Bengaluru this week
January 29th 2015
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: 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.
Living in the city
» It is likely that the elevated road project from Ejipura to Kendriya Sadan, will not be providing a respite to commuters anytime soon. The project which was approved last year has been taken off the JNNURM scheme. Read: Centre withdraws JNNURM funds sanctioned for Ejipura-Kendriya Sadan elevated road.
» BBMP councillors don’t want bureaucrats’ rule in Bengaluru in case the elections are postponed. A unanimous resolution passed by BBMP wanted an extension of Council’s tenure in case polls are delayed. Read: BBMP to ask state to extend council’s term by 6 months.
» Bengaluru-based Citizen Action Forum (CAF) wants the government to delink the BBMP elections from the restructuring process. Read: Govt will use BBMP division as an excuse to delay polls.
Survey: How much are you paying for your water?
» 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!
Of trees and flowers
» The Neralu Urban Tree Festival will be spread across three major parks of the city this year. Read:Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, Basavangudi to witness Bengaluru’s tree festival.
» Peepal trees form the places of memory and cultural value, even in a metropolitan city like Bengaluru. Read: Ashwatha Katte as a community space
» With online ticketing and drones that spotted a fire, the 10 day flower exhibition at Lalbagh was certainly a notch above the previous editions. Read: Flowery Red Fort and musical instruments steal hearts at Lalbagh.
Managing waste and garbage wisely
» Unable to bear the filth accumulating in the plot next to their house, Josephine Joseph and her family cleaned it and put up something to keep litterers at bay. Read: Using the tricolour where images of god fail!
» 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
You can also have a look at the complete listing of events coming up in Bengaluru here.