Bengaluru this week
November 27th 2014
Greetings from Citizen Matters – your own local interactive online magazine for Bengaluru!
Before getting into the round-up of our own stories, here’s our weekly curation of city news.
This week’s highlight: New traffic plan in Whitefield: Share your feedback!
» The Bangalore Traffic Police rolled out a new traffic plan to decongest the traffic in the Whitefield area. On the day of its launch, the roads remained congested, with many folks still getting used to the new route.
While there are folks who have benefitted from the change, there are others for whom the commute has become longer. If you take this route regularly, do share your feedback.
» Think Yeshwanthpur, Think connectivity! A foot over-bridge, connecting Metro stations to bus stations, proper coordination – these are only a few steps that can go a long way in improving the connectivity at Yeshwanthpur. Here’s how this can happen.
Living in the city
» If you haven’t already registered your borewell, the time to do so is now. If not, you could be fined up to Rs 10,000 and/or imprisoned up to three years. Read: Register your borewell now, if you haven’t already!
» It’s been more than seven weeks since eight-year-old Geethalakshmi was washed away during the rains in the Bilekhalli area. However, BBMP is yet to repair the footpath.
» Considering the regressive reactions to the Kiss of Love campaign, Ashwin Mahesh wonders what is it that causes such protests, and why no one is addressing the root cause.
» Part 3 of the Deepa Mohan vs BESCOM saga, where BESCOM asks to customers to make photocopies of a form that is available in abundance – Conserving paper, BESCOM style. Read Part 1 and Part 2 here.
» If you are looking to install a rooftop solar power station, this is for you! Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development is conducting a workshop on rooftop solar photovoltaic power systems.
Also read: Extracting solar power from your terrace: An FAQ.
» Does your apartment complex have solar power? If yes, you could stand to win prizes in a unique competition! Read: Switch2Green to win in lakhs.
» Citizens try and fix the issues in their area, but it can sustain only when the government backs it. Read: Not just citizens, the government too needs to help clean India.
» Vivek Sharma implemented Rainwater Harvesting three years ago. Today he is reaping the benefit. Read: Five years of rainwater recharge could possibly change the water map of Bengaluru.
Arts and culture
» Rakesh, a Kannadiga, born and brought up in Kerala, asks: Does ignorance of Kannada mean disrespect? What do you think?
» Towards the end of the year, Devi or the Mother Goddess figures frequently in classical concerts. Chitra Srikrishna reviews Amma – for the mother, a carnatic vocal concert by the vocalist duo, Ranjani and Gayathri.
The heroes among us
» When John tells people that waste segregation is important, they don’t listen to him. Why? Read: Does education mean a more heightened awareness about one’s role in society?
» Over 160 school children took part in a drawing competition organised by the Manjari Ladies Association on the occasion of Children’s Day. Read: Underprivileged children shine at painting competition.
» Birders, this one will brighten your day. See what a couple of hours at Kaikondrahalli Kere can throw up… All the more reason to restore our lakes, no? Read: Birdwatching at Kaikondrahalli Kere.
» If you find an injured bird or animal, it is best to leave it to the experts—animal welfare organisations. Read: What to do when you find an injured bird or animal?
Events this weekend
You can also have a look at the entire listing of events coming up in Bengaluru here.