The eco-group Indian Ploggers Army has been collecting unused smartphones, toys and books, and distributing these to children in need. The initiative has helped many children access online classes even as it ensures sustainable waste management.
State government is planning to soon enact the BBMP Bill for Bengaluru’s governance. But the city’s growing problems cannot be solved with the current governance structure or by merely increasing the number of wards, as envisioned in the Bill.
Bengaluru’s pourakarmikas are suffering from delayed wages and poor work conditions even through COVID. A group of college students are now distributing ration kits and sanitary pads to these workers by raising funds on social media.
Santosh Doddaiah, 25, founded Covidbeds.org when he realised that government’s data on COVID hospital beds was wrong. He and his team have been directing patients to the right hospitals, and are now offering counselling and ambulance services too.
A recent survey finds that even the bus stations included under the Accessible India campaign are unfriendly towards people with disabilities. Lower fares, better infrastructure and participatory planning can ensure the BMTC is equally accessible to all.
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.
During COVID lockdown, we got a glimpse of a liveable Bengaluru where traffic and pollution levels were extremely low. This can be sustained post COVID too, if the city follows some core transport principles.