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Here’s a quick run through of the city news before we get into our stories.
Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), DK Ravi was found hanging inside his apartment. City Police Commissioner MN Reddi said that the case appeared to be a suicide on the first look.
Media reports say that DK Ravi’s death was a suicide due to personal reasons. An IAS officer who was a batchmate of the deceased officer, is said to have revealed to police the reasons that could be the cause of suicide. Aam Aadmi Party and Lok Satta party protested near Town Hall over the last few days, asking for CBI probe on D K Ravi’s death.
High Court has asked the state government to stop implementing Akrama Sakrama, though the applications could be accepted.
State government has sent a show cause notice to BBMP Mayor, councillors and commissioners on the irregularities and scams that took place in last five years.
This week’s highlight: A plan to save the broken city of Bengaluru
BBMP’s budget for 2015-16 has an outlay of Rs 6,728 crore. And what’s the revenue it received last year? It is just Rs 2,894 crore till March. Can BBMP serve the city with such a poor record?
Read: BBMP’s 6,728 crore budget – yet another unrealistic plan for the city.
However, there is a plan in the offing, that might improve the situation in the future. The State government has decided to divide the city into three pieces, for better administration. You may no longer need to travel from K R Puram to Hudson Circle, to see what your councillors and mayor are doing. Read: It’s official, 3 smaller Bengalurus to emerge from one big broken city.
On the road
Though the goal of the TenderSURE project is to ease traffic and create pedestrian friendly roads, there seems to be a collective sigh of dismay against the Rs 208 crore project. But why? Read: What is the TenderSURE project all about?
DK Ravi’s demise: What are the takeaways?
While news reports now state that IAS officer DK Ravi’s death was a suicide, the entire incident has aroused public sentiment across the nation. Several officers have gone on record to state that whatever the reason for his death may be, there are key takeaways for the government as well as the public from his death. Read on.
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Voice of the people
Arathi Manay feels that while there are citizens across Bangalore coming together to save the city’s lakes, the government is not extending enough support. Read: Wake up! The lakes are waiting!
A newly renovated house in Malleswaram makes way for a snack stall, a clothes boutique and a raddiwala. Suchitra Deep questions insensitive commercial use of residential properties. Read: Molehill or mountain.
Vasanth Ramu wonders if the Metro will actually help decongest the city once it is fully functional, or will people need to resort to working from home to avoid the commute. Read: It’s time to go for BRTS and monorails.
In light of the recent incident where a cop beat up his daughter in public view, Divya Sreedharan asks what it will take for society to stand up against abuse. Read: Being a bystander or being the change.
BDA and BBMP take steps to control Bellandur lake’s froth The planned sluice gate began its final run on August 8 in Bellandur lake to block froth from entering the city’s waterways, and irrigation tanks
Can you imagine if it was possible to take a train for your commute within Bengaluru? In this edition, we tell you how you can #SupportNammaRailu, ahead of the railway budget and beyond. Also read the latest updates on what is happening with the pipeline that is being laid by GAIL. All this and more…