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Wish you a very happy new year! We’re just about a week into 2015 and we hope that it has been going great so far. In the months ahead, Citizen Matters will continue to bring you stories of substance, on issues that matter to you and the community at large. We however will need your feedback and support to do so.
Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city.
Yet another case of alleged child sexual assault has been reported from a private school in North Bengaluru. A physical education instructor has been arrested in connection with the incident. Police had to resort to lathi charge and tear gas to control the crowd that had gathered to protest.
The incident also shone light on the city’s inability to curb sexual offenses against children. A petition started in July 2014, ‘Announce A Roadmap and Timeline To Make Bangalore Safe’, has gathered momentum once again.
A minor blast in a school near Madivala had the police on their toes. The blast occurred after school children carried a detonator and connected it to a power socket.
Traffic in Whitefield continues to be at a standstill with Bengaluru Traffic Police’s rearrangement of the traffic plan. Citizen groups led by Whitefield Rising and R K Mishra, met with various departments to discuss possible solutions to ease the problem.
The city’s premier management institute, IIM-B has hiked the fees for its flagship PGP programme by 10%. With this hike, the institute continues to be the costliest among the IIMs.
This week’s highlight: Kere Habba 2015
» Come January 10th, Kaikondrahalli lake will play host to the first edition of the Kere Habba. With nature walks, green workshops, story-telling sessions, music and more, all along the 2 km walkway around the lake, there’s something in store for everybody.
» BBMP’s ruling party BJP is all set to move court, following the expected delay in conducting BBMP polls, due to the extension of BBMP restructuring committee’s tenure. Read: Another tug of war between Congress and BJP?
» How is the government dividing Bengaluru? The Committee for BBMP Restructuring has sought suggestions from citizens on how to do it, what to consider etc. Here’s how you can share your suggestions to set Bengaluru right.
» There is a lot that needs to be done before the split. The Committee for BBMP Restructuring formed in September 2014 to plan the division, has sought more time. Read: BBMP division to be finalised by June 2015.
Living in the city
» Builders typically include the price of car parking in the price for common areas. So if you have been charged separately for car parking, you should know that it is illegal. Read: Car parking is common area.
» Do you assign any value to the space that you inhabit when you commute between two points? Kiran Keswani notes that the value people ascribe to the space, reduces as they want to move faster. Read: The bus as a transition space.
» If you wondered why there was no special write-up from Citizen Matters for the new year, here’s our story. Read: If wishes were horses…
» “Is this house resident going to be prosperous and happy?”, and the animal nods its head earnestly. Deepa mulls over how apartment living has robbed us of the many traditional sights which still exist, but are rarely seen. Read: Koley Basava.
How many of you have found yourselves left in the lurch after you’ve booked a cab? Ever wondered the reasons behind which the cab that you have booked is delayed, or sometimes does not show up at all? Citizen Matters explores the reasons. Also read: Dealing with dengue | Dasara special buses
Over 8500 trees in city outskirts proposed to be felled for road widening, BBMP trying to update its list of tax defaulters, slum eviction in east Bengaluru – read more on news from the city this week, in our roundup
The past week was abuzz with excitement, with citizens of Bengaluru wondering who would win the BBMP Elections. When results were finally announced, it became evident that the BJP would be at the helm of city affairs yet again. Also in this edition: Election results, Humble pie, The Grand Old Man of Kannada…