Though the Forest Department says 5000-odd trees have to axed for the ‘Bangalore Surrounding Roads Project’, data discrepancies makes this number suspect. Secrecy around the project has made citizen engagement nearly impossible too.
Residential communities often consider stray cats a menace. But in a Whitefield community, a few cat lovers got together to trap and neuter strays, which ensured the safety of both the cats and the community.
Given BBMP’s centralised COVID response hasn’t been quite effective, it has joined hands with civil society organisations for a booth-level system that will be driven by citizen volunteers. Citizens can register at the BLCARES website to volunteer.