Bengaluru this week
May 7th 2015
While this edition of our newsletter is much briefer than usual, it features several interesting stories. Read about how public land near Sankey tank is now in the hands of Mantri developers. Also check out what a reader has to say about the challenges faced by her apartment in waste segregation. We also have a new blog post that will take you back in time. Happy reading!
Here’s a look at the latest news from Bengaluru, before we get into our stories:
This week’s highlight – From Mysore Maharajas to Mantri Developers
A week ago, citizen groups in Malleswaram took to the Sankey Tank walkway to protest against Mantri’s upcoming project near the lake, citing that the land was transferred to Mantri illegally. So how did Mantri get hold of the prime land abutting Sankey Tank, which was once a public property? Here is what the documents show.
Read: From Mysore Maharajas to Mantri Developers – A fascinating tale of land transaction.
The uncertainty surrounding the BBMP elections seems to have ended, with the Supreme Court ordering the Karnataka government to conduct the polls within three months. Read: BBMP polls to be held before August 2015.
Also read: Update your details or register yourself on voter list, ahead of BBMP elections.
Waste management in apartments
Renuka Mani shares the sad story of waste management in her apartment complex, after reading our story on BBMP’s garbage expenditure over the years. The story throws light on the problems faced by communities across the city. Read: Waste disposal in communities: Bengaluru needs simple practical solutions.
In end-April, the Bangalore Traffic Police introduced a new one-way system to deal with the growing traffic woes in Madiwala. This has however produced some unintended results. Dr Reji Thomas explains the problems: Sarjapur Road-Madivala one-way: A tragedy for residents.
In pictures: Bangalore’s footpaths
If Bengaluru’s footpaths could talk, they’d have many a tale to tell. What is the condition of the footpath that you trudge on? Here’s a look at some of the perils of walking on Bangalore’s footpaths: An army grade obstacle course!
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran takes us to the days of yore once again, with his new post. Read about learning to cycle in the 60s and the renovation of the Prasanna Ganapati temple. Read: Prasanna Ganapati, c/o Cycle Shop Thimmayya.
Events this week
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