Bengaluru this week
July 16th 2015
In this edition of Bengaluru This Week, look out for our BBMP Elections Special – there’s a survey you can take, and for corporators, a way of reaching out to voters. Also check out our report on the BBMP Restructuring Committee’s suggestions for splitting Bengaluru. In addition, you can also read about the Mestripalya Lake in Koramangala which after decades is still awaiting water, why doctors ask for a commission while referring patients, and much more. Happy reading!
Here are the top stories from Bangalore for this week:
This week’s highlight: BBMP Elections Special
In the lead up to the BBMP elections, Citizen Matters’ will be presenting an in-depth, continual analysis of all that’s happening. Keep a track of our ongoing coverage here: BBMP Elections.
Survey: How has your corporator performed?
Aspiring corporators: Reach out to voters
The BBMP Restructuring Committee submitted its report on splitting Bengaluru to the Chief Minister on July 13th. Their suggestions include 400 wards, 5 corporation and 5 mayors, all intergrated under an umbrella institution called Greater Bengaluru Authority. Could this be the new Bengaluru?
There are many aspects of the BBMP Restructuring Committee report that did not please everyone. Here are some of the bouquets and brickbats. Read: Skepticism in the air over Greater Bengaluru Authority idea proposed by panel.
In other news…
A few concerned citizens of Bengaluru who were aware of the problems faced by laymen while purchasing a house in the city, have drafted their objections and suggestions to the amended Real Estate Bill 2013. Here’s what they had to say. Read: Bengaluru citizens highlight lacunae in new real estate bill.
A brief summary of some news you might have missed out in the last few days. New mandates for school principals, applications for jobs, awards and other important stuff that happened in Bengaluru! Read: Bruhat Buzz.
Living by the lake
Here’s the story of a lake that was overgrown with weeds, and a receptacle for waste not too long back. After decades of delays and legal complications, the finish line for Mestripalya Lake in Koramangala is in sight—but just out of reach. All it needs now is water! Read: Mestripalya lake developed, but water yet to reach the lake.
Voice of the people
Wonder what it is like for a Whitefielder to make his/her way to the centre of the city? A citizen shares his thoughts… Read: Ruminations en route from Whitefield to the heart of Bengaluru.
A surgeon talks about the habit of doctors asking for ‘cuts’ while referring patients to other doctors. He says that these cuts are akin to bribes. Read: A tricky web of hospital referrals and cuts.
Looking to develop a dramatic side? Here’s how you can start off your love for the dramatic arts in Bengaluru! Read: All the world’s a stage, but here are some must-visit theatres in Bengaluru!
One of south India’s most prolific music composers, MS Viswanathan, passed away on July 14th. Here’s our music expert Chitra Srikrishna’s tribute to him: Creating musical history on the silver screen.
When foreigners visit historical sites in India, they can be charged more for admission than Indians. Holly Thorpe, our intern from University of Washington writes about the kind of message it sends to tourists. Read: A jab on a tourist’s face.
Food for thought
Divya Sreedharan writes about our obsession with everything ‘thin’… phones, television sets, clothes, even ourselves! Read: Sizing things up.
Events this week
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