Citizens for Bengaluru organised the Beku Beda Santhe on 15 October to commemorate the first year anniversary of the Human Chain that kick started the Steel Flyover Beda movement in 2016. The idea of the
Continuous neglect by successive Railway Ministers has led to colossal inefficiencies in the railway operations. Saturation of tracks, trains running late and ultimately decreased revenues on daily basis have been the result.
In fourteen years, this Bengaluru-based NGO has transformed the lives of children from underprivileged sections learning in government schools, to help them pursue a better life with better education and jobs.
In a city where eight people on two-wheelers lost their lives in a month to potholes, cyclists are even more vulnerable – they face multiple threats in Bengaluru streets, as Vijay Kundaji’s accident shows.
A contractor emboldened by lax attitude of BBMP abused and harassed 37 women pourakarmikas. Poura Karmikas will protest against this in Bengaluru, asking to remove the contract system and justice for abused women.
Bengaluru needs to pay attention to the design of the land – the topography, groundwater recharging capacity, design of the raja kaluves.. and find a way to store water or recharge groundwater, to help mitigate floods.
A developed city is not a place where the poor have cars, but where the rich use public transportation. For this to happen, BMTC must look beyond its own flattering ridership statistics, and try to improve user convenience.
From forming a human chain to stop ‘steel flyover’ to Beku-BeDa Santhe a year later, Citizens for Bengaluru has come a long way, learning the ropes of dealing with government. Citizen participation is no longer an aberration but now a norm.