India’s police force has performed its fair share of duties in times of emergencies. But nothing in its experience prepared it for what the prime minister announced on the night of March 24, three hours before it came into force: a 21-day nation-wide lockdown.
As the food supplied from Indira Canteens is no longer free, there are grave concerns about the health and nutrition of the poor during the lockdown. There’s no clarity on government’s plans to supply dry rations or cooked food either.
During the lockdown, State has not been able to ensure food and shelter to many migrant workers. But with some coordinated effort, it’s possible to retain migrants in the city while taking care of their basic needs.
Handwashing and personal hygiene are critical to protecting ourselves from coronavirus. But as summer approaches, Bengaluru faces the threat of water scarcity again. How can authorities and citizens handle this problem?
That Bengaluru gets into a regular water crisis, is something we all know. But whose job is it to protect our water resources? It’s our state pollution control board. And here’s why KSPCB is incapable of bailing us out.
Pourakarmikas are our first line of defence against COVID-19. But they don’t have the right equipment, facilities to maintain personal hygiene, or health check-ups to ensure they’re neither infected nor unwittingly spreading the disease.
Illegal developments and citizens’ unwillingness to relinquish land have snowballed into the lack of road networks in Bengaluru. And thus, the city’s traffic mess remains perennially unsolved. What could be the solution now?
As per environmental jurisprudence, the polluter has to pay. But apartment STPs (sewage treatment plants) are usually set up and approved by five different players. So who’s the real polluter when an STP is defective?
KSPCB has been asking apartments in the city to pay up lakhs as compensation for defective sewage treatment plants. But the Board itself is responsible for approving many plants that had design and fabrication issues.
Apartment STPs (Sewage Treatment Plants) are set up after getting government approvals, yet they malfunction soon and residents keep spending lakhs to correct defects. This scenario can change with some reforms in the STP approval process.
Food that’s of poor quality or is laden with pesticides continues to affect our health. But the Central authority FSSAI is unable to conduct enough food quality checks. Central regulations also discourage local crop varieties and farming practices.
Metro stations are ideal for integration with various transport modes. Integration can be through bus stops/bays, auto stands, two-wheeler parking etc, depending on the characteristics of each Metro station