Bengaluru this week
October 10th 2014
Last week, as you know, was a mix of good and bad. As soon as Dasara season was over, rains pounded the city, leading to waterlog. Two children, aged 8 and 12 respectively, became victims. A house collapsed and two died.
Some of these tragedies are surely avoidable. If you see any open footpath slabs or unsafe construction spots, do post it on bangalore.citizenmatters.in/data-tools.
A caution for the week ahead: Expect more rains, with cyclonic storm, Hudhud, expected to hit Andhra and Orissa by Sunday!
The Prime Minister of India has launched Clean India Campaign. Do email us at email@example.com with the photos and write ups of sustainable clean up initiatives you undertake, we will publish it in a blog.
City news that matters
Guide of the week
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If you can share your car commute, you can save some money and reduce your tension! But how do you find the right co-traveler? What apps or websites are there to help – compare features and find the right option? Getting started with carpooling.
In the news
» The first Red Bull Flugtag event in India held at Sankey Tank premises in Malleshwaram left lake lovers in despair. Read: Red Bull’s flight competition leaves Sankey lake premises garbage-ridden.
» However the waste management firm employed for the Redbull Flugtag event clarified that the garbage was cleaned up the next day. Read: Sankey Tank cleanup post Flugtag
» The lake premises are clean, alright. But what is the long-term impact of such events on the lake and biodiversity around it? Harini Nagendra asks some hard questions about recreational activities being held in lakes. Read: What is wrong with Redbull Flugtag event?
On track, finally
» The pipes that carry storm water near Anand Rao Circle have collapsed, which causes serious flood that can even drown a bus. BBMP seems to have woken up finally. Read: BBMP aims to fix Anand Rao Circle underpass in 4 months
» How about a weather forecast for different areas in Bangalore? How can the city prepare better for the water need in 2050? Experts have various proposals. Weather station to water treatment: Many solutions for Bangalore’s problems
» If you are a victim of recent rains and floods in Bangalore, you might be eligible for some compensation. Seriously! BBMP Councillors spoke on flood victims’ behalf! Read: Councillors demand compensation for Bangalore’s flood victims
» Many problems that are causing traffic jams on Airport Road are solvable, says Ramesh Sreekantan, and questions the need for an elevated highway. Read: Here’s an alternative to Chalukya Circle elevated highway
» In response to an earlier article, the Whitefield apartment clarifies that the soil depth could not support large trees. Seepage and structural safety influenced the decision, says the Management Committee. Read: Prestige Shantiniketan management clarifies decision on trees
» Muralidhar Rao proposes Delhi model of power distribution, with a public-private partnership, for Bangalore. Read: Let’s change the game of power supply in Bangalore!
Interesting stories on blogs
» We have a new blog by Biome Trust! Read the amazing first story on the blog: Water found at 9 feet below ground level on Sarjapura Road!
» Deepa Mohan shares a guide on how to stop cutting a tree, circulated by Hasiru Usiru group members. Read: What to do if you see a tree being cut.
» Ashwin Mahesh feels that it is the best time to work for the India you want to see, because it is you who makes the government.
» Read the blog by Arathi Yajaman, exclusively on lakes: NSS volunteers learn about lake conservation
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