Bengaluru this week
June 4th 2015
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Here are the top stories from Bangalore for this week:
This week’s highlight: Compost, or burnt garbage?
Here’s Bengaluru’s newest garbage scam!
Toxic powder produced by burning and sieving mixed garbage is sold to farmers in the name of superior vermicompost. And get this: the bags used for this belong to a government composting firm – KCDC. This is only the tip of the iceberg! Garbage management companies are involved in this scam, as KCDC apparently has agreements with them to supply vermicompost. What is the end result of all this?
Tender SURE or not so sure?
The Forum for Urban Commons and Governance is opposed to the Tender SURE project for a variety of reasons. Citizen Matters spoke a member of the group to understand their concerns. Read: Protesters see problems with process, cost.
Amid this opposition, Swati Ramanathan of Jana Urban Space Foundation (Jana USP) clarifies the various aspects of the project that have come under fire. Read: Tender SURE is not against motorists, it is for a walkable city.
The number of accidents in Bangalore involving pedestrians trying to cross roads could reduce in the future, with the BBMP opening tenders for skywalks. The skywalks are to have elevators, and be fitted with CCTVs. Read: 54 skywalks coming up in Bengaluru.
Planning a trip out of Bangalore via Mysore road? Look out for the expandable gates and for cops who will fine you if you are driving over the speed limit. Read: The travails of a driver on Mysore Road.
In other news…
KSRTC buses at the Shanti Nagar depot will now be cleaned by a new washing machine, one that has been built in-house. Read: If buses could talk, they’d be squeaking clean!
Living by the lake
If you live near a lake in Bengaluru, you’re sure to visit it for a variety of reasons – birding, exercise, photography, fishing – the list is endless. Sanchayan Nath documents the various activities that happen around Vibhutipura lake. Read: The things people do around Vibhutipura lake.
Food for thought
The theme for World Environment Day 2015 is sustainable consumption. Wondering what you can do? Here are some of the events that you can be a part of in Bangalore. Read: Here’s how you can celebrate World Environment Day.
Should a memorial commemorating someone have to be built from cement and bricks? Gadadhar Prem Kumar believes otherwise, and shares his ideas for an eco-friendly, sustainable alternative. Read: Keeping Dr Vishnuvardhan evergreen in memory.
A New York Times article stated that mothers who work contribute to the economic, educational and social well-being of their children. Divya Sreedharan wonders if working mothers necessarily make happy mothers. Read: Working moms, happier moms?
A trip back in time
How many of you have kept in touch with your old school teachers? Here’s a post from Chandra Shekhar Balachandran about how he met an old teacher of his after 40 years. Read: Nutrimentum spiritus (Food for the soul).
What do you remember of the Bangalore of yore where bungalows had large gardens, a loaf of bread from All Saints cost only Rs 3, and Brigade Road, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, and Commercial Street were the places to ‘hang out’. Read: Some facts about Bangalore that might have been forgotten.
The heroes among us
Volunteering pays off; not only do you help further a social cause, you also gain immense personal satisfaction. Here’s some inspiration from CMCA and Say Trees, two NGOs that have made it to the list of finalists for the iVolunteer Awards 2015. Read: Bangalore NGOs nominated for India’s only award that commends volunteers.
Events this week
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