ACB Raid in Bangalore and Other Places

ACB Raid in Bangalore and Other Places

ACB teams conducted raids across the State since early morning 28.12.2018. 17 places corresponding to 5 Government officials were searched.

The search took place at Bengaluru, Chintamani, Mysuru, Hunasuru, Udupi, Davanagere, Chikkamagaluru, Mangaluru and Karwar.

The raided officials are mentioned below :

Sri. R . Shridhar


Additional Registrar, Co-operative society, Bengaluru. The properties in his and his family members includes 2 houses, 3 plots, 1 commercial complex, 1 cinema house, 13 guntas of agricultural land, 300 gms. of gold. 22 Kgs. silver, 1 car, Rs.1.29 lakh in cash, Rs.2.5 lakh worth LIC policies and deposits, Rs.7.34 lakh worth of household articles. 1 locker has been found and investigation is on.

Smt. Hamsaveni

Deputy Director, Agricultural Department, Davangere. The properties found in her and her family members includes 1 house, 11.32 acres of land, 1.56 kgs. gold, 2.20 kgs of silver, 1 jeep, 1 tractor, 4 two-wheelers, Rs.1.5 lakh cash, Rs.2 lakh in Bank, Rs.5 lakhs in deposits and household articles worth Rs.4.5 lakh.

Sri. Manjunath

Reader, Government college of Teachers Education, Mangaluru. Properties in his name consists of 1 house, 1 site, gold worth 443 gms. silver 983 gms. 2 cars, 1 two wheeler, Rs.1.5 lakh cash and deposits of Rs. 10.5 lakhs in different banks, household articles worth Rs.5 lakhs found.

K.Bisetappa

Additional Director, Town Planning, BBMP East, Bengaluru. Properties in his and his family members includes 2 huses, 1 site, 2 commercial complex, gold 250 gms. silver 10 Kgs. 1 car, household articles worth Rs.18 lakhs and 2 lockers have been found. Gold purchase will worth Rs.37 lakhs in others name has been found.

K.Mani


Junior Engineer, MUDA, Mysuru The properties in his and his family members includes 2 houses, 2 sites, 1 petrol pump, 1 acre land, 378 gms gold, 433 gms. silver, 1 care, 4 two wheelers, LIC bonds worth Rs.2.35 lakhs and household articles worth Rs.12.33 lakhs has been found.

Bengaluru’s water security

Bengaluru Water security is going to be costly.  The amount needed for it is Rs.50,000 crore.

The Bengaluru city will be paying crores for restoration and rejuvenation of the water bodies.  If not done at the earliest, the cost is set to go up.  The restoration and rejuvenation of lakes cost Rs.50,000 crore a high price to pay for the mistakes of encroachment.

It is common to see public water taps on roadsides spurting as water struggles to come out.  Bengalurr’s water security is a major problem which needs immediate attention.

water saving need of the hour

Normally people crowd around the tap with pots waiting for their turn to collect water.  Many of these people have come from homes without such luxuries as indoor plumbing and will return carrying enough water to last several days.

Bengaluru’s water security – Water crisis

Benglauru is one of India’s most globally visible cities, owing to its reputation as India’s Silicon Valley. 

Rejuvenating lakes

Bengaluru’s water security is being affected. Iinformal settlements and slums coexist alongside the image of prosperity and residents – poor and affluent alike –  face the trials of living in a city starved of water: a legacy of colonial policies that relied on vast technological solutions to solve local problems.

The city tends to be naturally dried up because it is located in the rain shadow of the Western Ghats hill range.  Records from the 6th century shows that rulers of the city invested in creating an interconnected, community-managed system of tanks and open wells. 

The shallow water levels of the wells were recharged by the tank across an elevation slope or incline that harvested rainwater.

Bengaluru’s water Security – others initiatives and on the brink of a disaster:

Attempts by NGO’s, citizens, educational institutions is not sufficient to restore and rejuvenate lakes.   

Karnataka government admitted that availability of water per person per day  will be 88 litres by 2031 when Bengaluru’s population will touch 20 million.

According to Central Public health and environmental Engineering organisation each person needs 132 litres a day.  Bengaluru’s lakes used to have a storage capacity of 35 tmcft of water in 1800; now it is reduced to 2 tmcft.

water storage

With natural water bodies becoming victims of modernization and concretization and rain water harvesting a low priority, the future appears grim. 

According to a BBC report, Bengaluru is in the 2nd position after Brazil’s Sao Paulo among 11 global cities that re likely to run out of drinking water.

Taking a swift action on Benglauru’s water security is the need of the hour.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/bengaluru-loses-37-water-everyday-coming-its-way/

Vintage Vehicles – Hosur road rally

Vintage vehicles rolled out along Hosur Road  on Sunday 23rd  December 2018.    The Antique Automobile Association along with Parshvanath Jain Temple had organized a Vintage Vehicles rally.  The rally was part of the temple’s anniversary celebrations.

Vintage vehicle :

A vintage vehicle is, in the sense, an old automobile, and in the narrower senses of vehicle  enthusiasts and collectors,  it is a vehicle from the period of 1919 to 1930. Such enthusiasts have categorization schemes for ages of vehicles that enforce distinctions between antique vehicles, vintage vehicles, classic vehicles and so on.

Vintage cars

For the average person vehicle  collection is a hobby. A person can have a fascination with a certain vehicle make or a history with one so seeks a particular make or model. Finding such a vehicle at an affordable price is not always hard but the price will depend on the condition or the desired end result. Usually the less work required on a vehicle equates to a higher price, the more work required means a cheaper initial cost, but often more in the long run, and a person’s level of restoration experience plays an important part.

Definition of Vintage vehicles:

They define classic automobiles as “fine” or “unusual” vehicles, foreign or domestic, that are between 25 and 50 years old. 50 and older means a vehicle  is officially an “antique”.

An antique vehicle, is generally at least 30 years old, which is the minimum age for historic or vintage plates in many provinces. If it’s between 30 and 20 years old – which most clubs recognize those vehicles,  the class they fall into is called late-model production.

Vintage vehicles rally along Hosur road:

The vintage vehicles rally started around 8.15am in the morning.  They returned back by the afternoon.  Many enthusiasts from Bengaluru participated in this rally.

vintage rally

The vintage vehicles rally was organized on the lines of the Kannada Rajyotsava event.  The response for the rally was great this year.

Read more related to rallys: https://www.bangalorean.com/sports/aishwarya-pissay-first-indian-woman-to-participate-in-bajaj-aragon-cross-country-motorbike-rally/

Plastic items banned in BBMP events

Plastic items  banned in all BBMP events.  The civic body is finally doing what it is preaching.

Plastic items to be banned

The BBMP has issued an order to ban all single use plastic items and disposable cups, bottles, plates and other single use plastic disposables in all its offices and in all programs.  The BBMP order is implemented with immediate effect.  This ban includes the BBMP head office.

BBMP – Plastic items banned

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), is the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the greater Bengaluru  metropolitan area. It is the fourth largest Municipal Corporation in India.

Its roles and responsibilities include the “orderly development of the city” — zoning and building regulations, health, hygiene, licensing, trade and education, as well as quality of life issues such as public open space, water bodies, parks and greenery.

The BBMP represents the third level of government  (the Central Government and State Government  being the first two levels). BBMP is run by a city council composed of elected representatives called “corporators”, one from each of the wards (localities) of the city.

Plastic items banned by BBMP :

Plastic items banned by BBMP includes all plastic items such as carry bags, bottles, plates, cups, spoons, straws and table spreads. 

Plastic bottles

The ban holds good even for BBMP council meetings and programs.  The plastic items and materials used for serving food and water, including the single use packaged drinking water bottles are banned.

The BBMP is responsible for solid waste management in Benglauru.  The civic body is trying to enforce the plastic items ban in the city.  In recent months, the BBMP had sent advisories to bulk generators of plastic items including wedding and banquet halls.  But the BBMP was using plastic bottles and disposables in its offices and programs.

All the BBMP offices are hereby to stop usage of plastic items. The civic body is planning to invest in common drinking water dispensing system and steel glasses.  The expenses for all this be billed by the offices to the BBMP.

Plastic items not to be used in BBMP meetings

Most of the offices under BBMP already have RO Plants.  The initiative of ban of plastic items also cuts spending of money on plastic bottles for the BBMP.  The civic body is spending Rs.1 crore every year on plastic bottles. 

The Commissioner of BBMP said the civic body is planning a strong action plan to implement the plastic items ban in letter and spirit. 

Read more related to BBMP:https://www.bangalorean.com/bbmp/guinness-record-bbmp-in-line-for-picking-plastic/

K.R.Puram – a nightmare – Pedestrians suffer

K.R.Puram is turning into a nightmare for pedestrian’s.  The constituency has emerged as the deadliest locality in Bengaluru.  The heavy traffic movement on the bad stretch has given pedestrians and motorists the nightmares. 

The total number of cases were 1574 out of which 282 were fatal at Bengaluru.

Accidental death

The number of death of pedestrians in K.R.Puram recorded a highest in the city in 2017.  There were a total of 87 cases of which 25 were pedestrian death and 69 injuries. This data is according to a report by Anusha Chitturi and Varun Sridhar who are the co-founders of “The Footpath Initiative”.  It is an urban project.

K.R.Puram – Krishna Raja Purama

K.R. Puram – Krishnarajapuram is the headquarters of the Bangalore-East taluk and as such, houses a large number of government offices.  The area’s name is said to come from Krishnaraja Wadiyar III  who ruled the provincial state of Mysore from 1799 to 1868

It takes the residents of the area and pedestrians a lot of time to move from one stretch to another.  Due to medians motorists use the wrong side of the road.

Woes of K.R.Puram :

There is no proper footpath for pedestrians at K.R.Puram.  The roads are narrow and the situation has turned worse after the metro stations came up.  Pedestrians start  their day at K.R.Puram by skipping over dislodged pavements, skirting around the vendors selling vegetables.  The problems doesn’t stop there.  There are swerving electricity junction boxes and darting between vehicles.

K.R.Puram – No Place for pedestrians ?

The city was once full of walkers who used to leisurely walk down the vast and wide pavements in the evenings.  But today it has turned the simple act of crossing the road into wager/gamble.

Footpath encroachment

The civil body in its efforts to provide motorists a hassle free life at K.R.Puram, has put the pedestrians life at risk.  Major infrastructural projects taken by the BBMP has occupied the footpaths.  These projects have also shrunk the footpaths so much, it has become useless.

Senior citizens children, women and the school and college going students are facing the problems of constant flow of traffic. Even on signal free roads, one-ways, underpasses and flyovers these problems persist.

Other areas other than K.R.Puram :

K.R.Puram is followed by Banaswadi, Byatarayanapura, Yeshwanthapur, Madiwala, Peenya, Electronic city and Yelahanka.  These areas also recorded a large number of pedestrian crashes.  Banaswadi recorded 15 death and 40 injuries and Yeshwanthapur and Byatarayanapura recorded 13 deaths and around 50 injuries.

The major reason for pedestrian accidents in all the above mentioned areas were due to lack of infrastructure.

K.R.Puram – poor planning

Walking in K.R.Puram is nothing short of a nightmare.  The lack of concern of civic authorities is learning.  Accidents are common due to the lack of pedestrian crossings.  One-way routes have contributed to miseries of pedestrians.

Senior citizen struggling to walk

The pavements are occupied by vendors and street hawkers.  The civic authorities have failed to evict them.  Dislodged and missing stone slabs cause injuries to inattentive pedestrians.

Along with these problems the pedestrians encounter different obstacles like trees, electricity poles, junction boxes of mobile service provides, trenches etc. 

Read more related to K R Puram: https://www.bangalorean.com/bengaluru-bangalore-kr-puram/bengalurus-hanging-bridge/

ACB raid – different places – Karnataka

ACB raid – different places – Karnataka

ACB raid took place at different places in Karnataka on 21st December 2018.

ACB raid at Kolar District

On 21/12/2018 the officials of ACB, Kolar District have trapped and arrested Smt. Renukamba while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.5,000/-  from the complainant.

A resident of Kolar district, Medahalli hobali, Dhanmatnalli village had applied for tatkal podi. Smt. Renukamba, (Out Sourced Employee) Nada Kacheri, Hunkur Village had demanded a bribe amount of Rs.5,000/- to do the same.

The bribe amount has been seized along with unaccounted amount of Rs.7880/-. Investigation is continued.

ACB Raid at Ramanagara district, Magadi taluk

On 21/12/2018 the officials of ACB, Ramanagara District have trapped and arrested Shri. Veerbharaiah while accepting bribe amount of Rs.12,000/- from the complainant.

A resident of Ramanagara district, Magadi Taluk, Suttakki village had sought for power supply to the bore-well under Ganga Kalyana Scheme. Shri. Veerbharaiah, JE, BESCOM, Kudur, Magadi Taluk demanded a bribe amount of Rs.12,000/- to do the same.

The bribe amount has been seized. Investigation is continued.

ACB raid at Bengaluru S.R. Nagar

On 21.12.2018 the officials of ACB, Benglauru have trapped and arrested Sri. Mangalesh, Head Police constable while accepting bribe amount of Rs.60000/- from the complainant.

Complainant is a resident of Bengaluru.  A case has been registered against him at Sampangiramnagar Police Station (SR Nagar).  To submit a ‘B’ Final report to the Court concerning his case, Sri Krishna, Police Inspector had demanded a bribe of Rs.100000/- through one of his subordinate.

Sri. Krishna, police inspector, Sampangiramnagar Police Station (SR Nagar) and Sri. Mangalesh, Police Head Constable have been suspended.

The bribe amount has been seized. Investigation is continued.

Read more related to ACB raid in karnataka: https://www.bangalorean.com/acb/acb-raids-at-different-places-in-karnataka/

ACB Raid at Yadagiri, Shahapur taluq

ACB Raid at Yadagiri, Shahapur taluq

On 20.12.2018 the officials of Yadagiri Anti Corruption Bureau PS have trapped and arrested Sri. Rangappa Munmutagi, Gram Sahayak while accepting a bribe of Rs.3,000/- from the complaint.

A resident of Shahapur Taluq, Birnoor village, had sought process Form-J slip mutation of his land at Tahashil office Shahapur. Sri. Shivaraj patil Village Accountant had demanded a bribe amount of Rs.3,000/- to do the same.

The bribe amount has been seized. The Case is under investigation.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/acb/acb-raid-at-bengaluru-fssai/

Hosur Road flyover – Bengaluru

Hosur Road flyover is partially closed due to maintenance work.   This has contributed for the congested traffic snarl at Hosur Road.

Hosur road flyover traffic congestion

The travel time on Hosur road flyover has gone up from 15 minutes to an hour due to the maintenance work. Both lanes of the elevated highway closed.  The length of the road taken up for maintenance is approximately 1.5km.  The traffic will be diverted to the other side.

Regular techie commuters who heads to electronic city everyday are stuck for hours.  Even ambulances moving to and from hospitals in and around areas are also stuck in Hosur road flyover.

Hosur road flyover/elevated expressway:

Hosur Road Elevated Expressway also known as Bangalore Elevated Tollway or Electronic City Flyover is a 9.985 kilometers long elevated highway from Madiwala to Electronic City.

It was initiated in early 2006, and was inaugurated on 22 January 2010. The Hosur road flyover starts from Bommanahalli after the Central Silk Board flyover and goes on up to Electronic City. It goes above the BMIC flyover on Hosur Road, at a height of 17 meters (56 ft), thus making it Bangalore’s tallest flyover.

The elevated expressway has helped to reduce the commute time to the tech hub of Electronic city greatly. Post the construction of this expressway, the travel time to Electronic City from central silk board junction near Koramangala is reduced to a mere 10 minutes.

Hosur road flyover traffic problem:

Traffic has been affected as the BETLP (Bangalore Elevated Tollway Private Limited) has put restriction on the vehicular movement.  This restriction is on one side of the road from Electronic  city to Hosur. 

Below Hosur Road flyover

There is no restriction on the other side of the Hosur Road flyover from Hosur to Electronic city. But the traffic is affected on the other side of the lane as it is shared with the approaching vehicles coming from the opposite side.

The closure due to maintenance work on Hosur road flyover is causing a heavy congestion one side.  The maintenance work will be continuous and be completed by March or April 2019. 

As even after paying a heavy toll commuters are spending more time on the road.     The Hosur road flyover is closed for all heavy vehicles which includes BMTC buses, Pvt. Buses and TNSTC buses.

Public opinion –maintenance of Hosur road flyover

The maintenance work is being undertaken as per the instructions of the National Highways Authority of India.  Due to the traffic restrictions and closure of one side of road, the traffic jam is also bad at the roads below the elevated road.

The public are of the opinion that the maintenance could have been taken up in periodicals on weekends.  As traffic on weekends are less the maintenance would have been easier.

Police personnel are posted at every junction between silk board and Electronic city.  As there are no alternative roads to Electronic city, commuters either have to start their day early or opt for car pooling.  This may reduce the number of vehicles.

Read more related to this article: https://www.bangalorean.com/general/demolition-of-jayadeva-flyover/

Anger and Frustration – Bengaluru Youth

Anger and Frustration is on raise among the Youth in Bengaluru. It is rising among Bengaluru’s young with increasing cases of anger dys-control amongst adolescents.  Young people in the city are increasingly given to violent actions and outbursts.

Anger and frustration at work

Anger and frustration is being a big problem with Bengaluru Youth.  Life is very stressful for those who are between 17 and 30.   Young children don’t understand the difference between righteous anger and unregulated aggression. If it is not addressed it can turn into a serious and dangerous disorder.

In many cases, youth are showing anger and frustration in Bengaluru.  It may be because the person is either currently in pain: physical, emotional, spiritual or financial.  Or in pain in the past, such as someone who has come from war, child abuse, deep poverty, experienced rejection, racism, torture, etc.

Young people in the city are increasingly given to violent actions and outbursts.

Anger and Frustration “acting out” syndrome:

The recent incidents/ murders in Bengaluru are the acts of anger and frustration building up inside.  According to a profession of Psychology, this syndrome is called as “acting out”.

Frustration

It is a defence mechanism where a person behaves in an unrestrained manner.  The hidden or repressed emotions comes out in a negative way.  The impulsive acts are triggered by anger and frustration.

They care less about the consequences thinking that they are doing what is right and to provide it they are right, they do it.  The offenders think that it is a justifiable act and want to tell the whole world about it.  This justification is a result of the anger and frustration one has gone through.

Cause of anger and frustration

Expectation  is the mother of Anger. Everyone in this world live with some expectation regarding his loved one like Job friends, Girl Friend, Success, Achievement, respect these all are the great source of expectation.

Anger and frustration  is often a way to deflect anxiety and feelings of vulnerability. Nobody likes feeling at the mercy of others. Anger gives the person a sense that he/she is  right and others are wrong, which does a lot to overcome that vulnerable feeling. Aggressive driving has been a problem on our roadways and it seems to only be getting worse. Incidents of screaming, rude gestures, and sometimes even violence are reported frequently on our roadways to the point where it has earned its own name: road rage. 

Road Rage

Frustration tolerance in young children as they are about to reach teenage is very low. “Children these days are used to getting what they want. Overprotective parents want to give everything on a platter. When children then hear a ‘No’ from strangers, it triggers anger and frustration.

How to control anger and frustration?
  1. Think before speaking
  2. Once calm, express anger
  3. Get some exercise
  4. Take a time out
  5. Identify possible solutions
  6. Stick with ‘I’ statements
  7. Don’t hold grudge
  8. Use humour to release tension
  9. Practice relaxation skills
  10. Know when to seek help.

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Council Meetings – BBMP

Council meetings – BBMP will be telecast for people to watch.

Council Meetings – BBMP held once in a month are going to be webcast live.  For the 1st time in India, the BBMP will be telecasting the council meetings through BBMP’s official website.

People will soon be watching the proceedings live.  This telecast is in the lines of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings.

BBMP – Benglauru Mahanagara Palike :

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, is the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the Greater Bangalore metropolitan area. It is the fourth largest Municipal Corporation in India being responsible for a population of 6.8 million in an area of 741 kms.

Its roles and responsibilities include the “orderly development of the city” — zoning and building regulations, health, hygiene, licensing, trade and education. It also includes quality of life issues such as public open space, water bodies, parks and greenery.

A mayor and deputy mayor of the council are also elected for a period of 1-year, though not by popular vote.

Council Meetings – BBMP

The council meetings – BBMP are attended by all the corporator’s of 198 wards. These corporator’s raise the demands and needs of their constituencies.  All major decisions regarding policies are taken in this meeting.

The Mayor of Bengaluru, the Deputy Mayor and BBMP Commissioner Chair all council meetings. Sometimes other top officials of BBMP also attend the council meetings to give answers to corporators.

Corporator’s under watch in Council meetings – BBMP

Live telecast of Council meetins – BBMP will help in engaging people in decision making.  The 198 corporator’s are elected by people.  It is important for the people to know what the elected representatives of their respective wards discuss in these council meetings.

People will know and get a complete picture.  This will get a chance for the people of the city to take a better and good decision in electing the corporator in the next elections.

Corporator’s behaviour and their debate will be on watch in the council meetings – BBMP.  There will be less disruptions because people will be watching.  On trial basis the BBMP recently webcast the mayoral elections.

Live stream of Council meetings:

The decision to live-stream the council meetings – BBMP was proposed in June by BBMP special Commissioner B.M.Vijay Shankar.  The proposal was taken up after city based NGO Janaagraha found that to be a key demand during a survey.

The live streaming will increase the transparency of the civic body regarding its functioning.

Guidance Value of Properties – Bengaluru

Guidance value of properties in Bengaluru will be hiked from 5% to 20%.

The department of Stamps and Registration has planned an upward revision of up to 20% in the guidance value of properties in Bengaluru.  The revised values for Bengaluru and the rest of the State will be implemented from the last week of December.

Land and house registration in Bengaluru to spike

The last revision of guidance value of properties was done 3 years ago.

What is Guidance value of property?

The guidance value of properties is the non-negotiable price per sq. ft. for properties in a particular locality which is defined by the Government. This value is calculated based on the population, infrastructural and real estate development and other defining aspects of the locality and is liable to appreciate or depreciate.

The Government will raise the guidance value of properties for increasing the revenue. One of the main source of revenue for the State Government is through Registration fee for transfer of properties.   The price per sq. ft. of a locality cannot be lower than the one quoted by the Government. 

Different Guidance values :

The guidance value differs between localities as well as apartments or projects within the same locality. The Guidance value of property is set by the Committee constituted by the Inspector General of Registrar (IGR).

Properties to cost more in the city

The stamp duty payable for registration of document depends on the sale consideration amount or guidance value whichever is higher.  The guidance value depends on the usage of land such as industrial, commercial or residential.

Besides this, the properties situated adjacent to National and State Highways shall carry higher guidance value.  

Guidance value in Bengaluru :

The highest guidance value for commercial site is Rs.457400 per square metre in Jayanagar 11th Main road in Jayanagar 4th block.  Rs.344500 on OTC Road in Gandhinagar constituency. 

The lowest guidance in the residential category in Bengaluru in Rs.900 for economically weaker section in Jayanagar zone and Rs.1800 in Chikkanahalli in Basavanagudi Constituency. 

There is no revision in values in some places.  The revision in the values is made based on demand and development growth of the area.

Objections to guidance value:

The Department of Stamps and Registration received about 188 objections.  These objections were from 5 zones of Bengaluru. 79 objections were from Shivajinagar Constituency and 4 from Rajajinagar zone.

Demand for more Guidance Value from apartments

Majority of the objections were raised by builders and owners of villas and apartment complexes.   Builders from some of the areas want the guidance value of properties to be doubled.  This is to increase the market capital of the builders. 

The stamp duty will be collected from the builders for the property when the buyer of the property is charged with higher guidance value.

Read more related to Properties: https://www.bangalorean.com/realestate/joy-ice-cream-prestige-land-case/

Swachha Bengaluru 24×7 : SWM Centre

Swachha Bengaluru 24×7:  BBMP is planning to Set Round The Clock Command Centre to monitor Solid Waste Management in Benglauru.

Waste management cycle

The Civic body of the city BBMP is setting up a dedicated 24×7 centralized command and control centre which will monitor the solid waste management (SWM) in Bengaluru.

Swachha Bengaluru 24×7 is a step towards managing waste.  Waste management has become a major concern of our times.  Bengaluru City generates enormous amounts of residues, which need to be managed in an economical way, while not compromising the environment and public health.

Intensive work is being done in searching for means to reduce the growing amount of waste generated and technologies to discard and dispose of it safely and economically.

Swachha Bengaluru – Solid waste management

Solid waste management involves activities associated with generation, storage, collection, transfer and transport. Processing and disposal of solid waste which are environmentally compatible, adopting principles of economy aesthetics, energy. It encompasses planning organization, administration, financial, legal and engineering aspects involving inter-disciplinary relationships.

Segregation of waste

BBMP’s SWM Centralized command centre will oversee the movement of 500 garbage trucks, 4000 auto tippers and prahari vehicles.  All the vehicles will be equipped with GPS.  All these GPS equipped vehicles will be tracked at the command centre.

Swachha Bengaluru is an initiative by BBMP.   The civic body is responsible in the city for the collection, transportation and disposal of the waste across 713 sq.km. area. 

The goal of Swachha Bengaluru is to establish, transport, operate and maintain the command and control centre.  This also tries to hear and resolve the grievances of the people regarding garbage disposal.

Monitoring Solid waste management – Swachha Bengaluru 24×7

The civic body will spend approximately Rs 85 lakh to setup the command centre. A tender has been floated by BBMP to invite external agencies.  The agencies should be technically capable of handling such a command centre, and the required man power.

There will be around 10 members working in 3 shifts.  The staff will attend to the complaints from residents.  A helpline will be dedicated for this purpose.  They will also monitor and track the tippers and garbage trucks. 

Waste Management paradigm

The centre will be equipped with latest technology.  There will be a live screen wall connected to the GPS.  The staff members track the live feed of solid waste management related complaints. CCTV cameras at garbage black spots will be linked to the centre.

Read more related to this article: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/swacha-graha-kalika-kendra/

NRI Quota, fee hike – Medical colleges

NRI quota, fee hike is planned for Government medical colleges in Karnataka. This initiative is to raise additional funds for the up-gradation of government medical colleges.

Medical students walking through corridor at the university

The Government of Karnataka is considering providing admission to Non-Resident Indians (NRI) students at state government medical colleges from the academic year 2019-20. This was announced by the State Medical Education Minister D.K. Shivakumar at the Legislative Council during the winter session at Belagavi.

What is NRI Quota and cost of seats:

NRI Quota is where a student should have at least 50% in NEET to be considered qualified.  The maximum age for NRI admission is 25 years from the date of the examination.

Presently NRI quota seats costs around 22 lakh to Rs.42 lakh in private medical colleges.  More than two third of the NRI Quota seats go vacant in Karnataka as students are unable to afford.

Opposition for NRI Quota:

A member from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute quoted that  giving admissions under NRI quota at government colleges will do injustice to meritorious students from the State. This will decrease the number of seats at government colleges made available to general category students.

The proposal to introduce NRI quota and to hike fees has come as a shocker to students.  The teaching community in the government medical colleges in Karnataka are also shocked. The teaching staff are of the opinion that it will be difficult for non-affluent, meritorious students to pursue a career in medicine. . 

Students and staff members of medical colleges are of opinion that already excess NRI and Management quota seats are there in the State in private colleges.

Fee hike :

The state government is also considering increasing the fees for medical courses in government colleges by almost 200 per cent.

According to the Minister the increase in fee for undergraduate courses will be from the existing Rs 17,000 to Rs 50,000, and for post-graduate courses from the existing Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh. There are 16 government medical colleges in the state.

The increase will be a 194% hike and the reasons for the increase in the fee is to meet the requirements of the government medical colleges.  The increased fund will be utilized to provide quality education and extending the facilities to the employees of the colleges.

Institutional quota seats are up for grabs for students from across the country with NEET. (National Eligibility cum Entrance  Test) 

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ACB raid at Bengaluru FSSAI

ACB raid at Bengaluru FSSAI

On 18th December 2018 the ACB, Bengaluru arrested Mr. Ullas B. Ganganahalli,  while accepting a bribe of Rs.5000/- .  On investigation Rs.90,000/- was found with Mr.Ullas.  He was found guilty and was unable to produce relevant documents for the seized money. 

A resident of Bengaluru applied online with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to get a permit to start a small resident  business, manufacturing sambar powder.   Mr. Ullas, Food Inspection Officer, PHI Campus, Sheshadri Road, Bangalore demanded Rs.5000/- to issue the same to the complainant.   

The investigation is on.

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ACB raid – Tumkuru

On 18.12.2018 the officers of ACB, Tumkuru, Saraswathi puram trapped and arrested Sri. Shivamurthy while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.10,000/-

A resident of Tumakuru, Saraswathipuram had applied for electric contractor licence renewal at the Deputy Electrical Inspectors office, Tumakuru.  To do the same,  clerk Sri, Shivamurthy had demanded a bribe of Rs.12,500/-.

A case is been registered and is under investigation.

Cabinet Expansion – Karnataka State

The Cabinet expansion and reshuffling is taking place in Karnataka on 22nd December 2018.

To contain the boiling dissatisfaction within the party over cabinet expansion, the Congress-JD(S) coalition government will be expanding on 22nd  December 2018.

Coalition Government

The Congress legislation party (CLP) met at Suvarna Soudha.  The winter session of Karnataka State is underway in Belagavi.  Many legislators raised issues concerning the developmental work progressing in a slow pace.

Cabinet expansion and reshuffle:

Many projects are taking a back seat under the coalition government.  According to congress sources it will be both cabinet expansion and reshuffle.  According to an agreement reached between the 2 parties at he time of formation of the coalition government, there are 6 vacant ministerial positions left for congress and 2 for JD(S).

Karnataka Government Cabinet

The cabinet expansion on 22nd December will be the 2nd expansion of the coalition government.  The Chief Minister at present is heading a 26 member cabinet.  Along with the cabinet expansion, the congress party will be filling up of MLA’s as heads to various boards and corporations.  Their appointment will be as Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers.

North Karnataka not happy 

Many MLA’s from north Karnataka strongly opposed about the lesser representation of legislators from their region in the cabinet.  41 MLA’s represent North Karnataka.  Only 5 are accommodated in the cabinet.  Out of 36 MLA’s belonging to Southern Karnataka, 11 MLA’s are having a plum post.

Recently Ramalinga Reddy of BTM layout Constituency openly expressed his unhappiness over the cabinet expansion.  Leaders and former ministers were to given berths during the 1st cabinet expansion. 

The senior MLA’s who missed the posts are Ramalinga Reddy, M.B.Patil, Satish Jarkoholi, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Roshan Baig and S.R.Patil.  All these leaders have expressed their unhappiness for denying cabinet positions.

Cabinet Expansion – 2nd round

The 2nd round of cabinet expansion has been postponed many times since 1st round of cabinet expansion in June mentioning different reasons.  The reasons including local body elections, by polls and of course inauspicious times.

Lobbying for Ministerial berth

Ahead of the cabinet expansion, many legislators are lobbying for inclusion in the ministerial berth.  Some of the senior leaders have urged Mr. Siddaramaiah to recommend them to the party high command for the vacant 6 cabinet posts.

Sharing by the Coalition government – cabinet expansion

Out of 34 member ministry, the congress party made 15 of its 80 legislators cabinet ministers.  The JD(S) made 9 out of 11 posts as its quota. 

As per the sharing quota congress is entitled to 20 out of the 30 State run boards and corporations and JD(S)  balance 10 posts to the statutory bodies. 

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BBMP Maternity Homes -Facelift – Bengaluru

BBMP Maternity homes are getting a face-lift.  After so many years the BBMP has at last decided to give a boost to give a face-lift to its maternity homes.

BBMP Maternity Home

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has decided to upgrade the maternity hospitals in the city. The hospitals will soon have a laboratory, ultrasound scanner and other super-speciality services.

Steps taken to face-lift BBMP maternity homes:

The first step towards face-lift will be construction and repairs.  There are 24 BBMP maternity homes and 6 referral hospitals which comes under BBMP wing.

The civic body BBMP has invited tenders to provide medical equipment specially for cardiac monitoring.  Lighting facilities at Operation theatre’s in these homes will be replaced.

Some of the BBMP Maternity homes will undergo renovation and also construction.  This includes the maternity homes at SK Garden ward, Bharatinagar ward and construction of a referral hospital in Ganesha Mandir Ward.  Even Chamarajpet Maternity home is included.

Approximately 12000 children are born at BBMP Maternity homes in a month according to the Chief Health Officer, BBMP.  This sums up to around 1.4 lakh deliveries in a year.

Patients at BBMP Maternity homes

Most of the expectant mothers who goes to the BBMP Maternity hospitals are poor and belongs to below poverty line.  By uplifting and upgrading the maternity homes, the BBMP wants to provide quality healthcare.

The patients who get admitted to these hospitals mainly come from slum areas. Many of them are anaemic. In the case of C-section delivery, they need specialists,and these specialists are available only at the referral hospitals. BBMP will appoint more specialists at the BBMP referral hospitals to support these maternity homes.

The BBMP maternity homes are situated in areas which are thickly populated.  Some of the BBMP maternity homes are run by nurses.  These nurses avoid admitting pregnant ladies with critical cases as there are no doctors to attend to them.

The gynecologists appointed by the BBMP are available in the hospitals only during stipulated hours.  In case a patient needs a surgery and comes to the hospital after 4 PM, they will be referred to better equipped hospitals.

Budget allotment for BBMP maternity homes

For the year 2018-2019 the BBMP has allocated Rs.1.50 crore to give away health kits to postnatal (postnatal period begins immediately after the birth of a child as the mothers body, including hormone levels and uterus size returns to anon-pregnant state.  The terms puerperal period or immediate post partum period are commonly used to refer to the first 6 weeks following child birth.) mothers who take services from these BBMP maternity homes to keep health at its best.

PINK Baby scheme by BBMP maternity homes
Girl baby 

To encourage the birth of girl baby the BBMP has introduced ‘pink baby’ scheme.  Under this scheme Rs.5 lakh will be deposited in a FD account for the parents of the girl baby born on the 1st day of every year.

All the 24 BBMP maternity homes are covered under this scheme. This scheme will provide money to the girl child for good education.

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Mahadevapura zone – Illegal constructions

Mahadevapura zone Constituency is seeing rapidly growing  illegal constructions and it is increasing.   The growing demand for housing from those who are working in the IT sector has encouraged the way for illegal buildings.

Building collapse

These illegal constructions has lead to violations of sanctioned plans.  These problems are alarming along the Mahadevapura Tech Corridor.

Mahadevapura constituency:

This constituency  is a suburb and one of the biggest zones of BBMP. It was a city municipal council. This place is well connected with Outer Ring Road, Whitefield Road and Krishnarajapuram.  Railway Station is the nearest station to board trains. It is a developing area, which has a high growth potential in terms of residential development. Leading schools, shopping malls, showrooms have come up in the area. Most old residents have either rented out their apartments or sold their flats to developers. For those looking for a long-term investment, Mahadevpura and surrounding areas would be the best places.

This zone  has become a major information technology hub in recent years. It houses several IT companies such as Accenture, Dell EMC, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, Mphasis, Samsung, Sapient Corporation and Wells Fargo.. It also has a few of the major Big 4 Deloitte, EY offices. It is also in close proximity to ITPL and other IT hubs such as Whitefield, Marathahalli and Bellandur.

Recent problems at Mahadevapura:

In recent years the Mahadevapura constituency is seeing back to back incidents of building collapses.  This has attracted the attention to the need for an immediate introspection among civic bodies.

Building collapse at Kasavanahalli

The BBMP is yet to take action on building violators. In recent years due to the increase in demand for accommodations, there is an increased surge in the violations of sanctioned plans.

In any ward at Mahadevapura Constituency, out of 10 buildings 7 are illegal or violated.  BBMP is not conducting any raids to curb this problem.

The 4 cases of building collapses are reported from Kasavanahalli, Bellandur and Marathahalli.   


Building collapse

The builders and building owners have become greedy.  They want to make quick money from low investments.  Violation starts from foundation level.

Reasons by BBMP – Mahadevapura zone

BBMP receives more than 10000 applications for sanction of plan.  Not all the plans are thoroughly checked.  In a span of less than 2 months, 2 of the multi storied buildings have collapsed in Mahadevapura zone.  The building contractors normally do not adhere to the building standards.

Standard guidelines given by engineers are not followed.  When notice is served the owners of the building goes to court and get a stay.

BBMP cites lack of human resources as the reason for not conducting inspection.  Mahadevapura zone is the biggest zone under BBMP.

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Vaikunta Ekadasi

Vaikunta Ekadashi is the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi that occurs during the Dhanurmasa or  December month in the Hindu calendar.

The Vaishnavas who worship lord Vishnu believes that ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the Lord’s Inner Sanctum’ is opened on this day. The Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi in the Lunar calendar is known as a ‘Mokshada Ekadashi.’

Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi Vrata and engage in remembering the Supreme Lord by chanting His Holy Names and singing his glories. Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the fortnight of the waning moon and occurs twice in a month.

But the Ekadashi that occurs in the month of Margashirsha (December – January) during the fortnight of waning moon is of special significance and is glorified as Vaikuntha Ekadashi.

Story behind Vaikunta Ekadasi:

Nammalwar (one of the 12 Alwars of Vaishnavas), one of the great devotees in the Sri Sampradaya (the disciplic succession descending from Lakshmi Devi) went back to Godhead on this day. To commemorate this event, in all the Vishnu temples, the Vaikuntha Dwara (the gate to Vaikuntha) a special entrance in the north side of the temple is opened once in a year on this particular day.

                                                           Vaikunta dwara

Once, the Devas got so irritated with the attacks of the demon Muran that they appealed and prayed to Lord Shiva but he directed them to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu got a new weapon that was needed to kill Muran.

One day, when Vishnu  was taking rest, Muran tried to kill him.  A  female energy emerged from Vishnu’s body and destroyed Muran into ashes. Then, Lord Vishnu named her Ekadashi and wanted to bless her with a boon. It is also believed that Ekadashi later told Lord Vishnu that whoever keeps a fast on that day will reach Vaikunta.

On the day of Vaikuntha Ekadashi, observers keep a strict fast. They do not eat or drink anything all through the day. The person who desires to keep the Vaikuntha Ekadashi fast should only eat once on ‘dashami’ (10th day).

Complete fasting is observed on ekadashi. Devotees, who are not capable to fast completely, can even eat fruits and milk. Eating rice and grains is not allowed. 

Significance of Vaikuntha Ekadashi:

Vaikuntha Ekadashi is an auspicious and important day for Hindus. The greatness of this sacred day has been described in several Hindu religious scriptures like ‘Padma Purana’. As per the legends, it is believed that fasting on the day of Vaikuntha Ekadashi gives the same benefits as obtained by fasting on the remaining 23rd ekadashis in the Hindu calendar. Devotees perform the Vaikuntha Ekadashi fast to be liberated from their sins and attain salvation.

It is believed that anyone who enters the Vaikuntha Dwara on this day is guaranteed to attain the spiritual abode. Special prayers, yagnas discourses and speeches are arranged at Vishnu temples across the world on this auspicious day.

Vaikunta is the dwelling place of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. “Vaikunta” means there is no deficiency.  When your heart sheds all egos and is devoted completely to Lord Vishnu, you get to reach Vaikunta after life.

Dharma samsthapanarthaya sambavame yuge yuge –  Lord Krishna

Pothole Fixing – Whitefiled residents

Pothole fixing was done by the residents of Whitefield with the assistance and help from ‘pothole raja’.

Whitefield falls under Mahadevapura Constituency.  This constituency is one of the highest property tax paying zone in Benglauru.

Disappointed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) failed efforts, the residents and the employees staying in and around Whitefield decided to take matters into hand.  The residents solved the problems themselves by filling the potholes in the area. 

This was done under the assistance and guidance of the famous ‘Pothole Raja’.  It is an initiative undertaken by Prathap Bhimasena Rao.

Pothole fixing – Pothole Raja

Prathap Bhimasena Rao is a former pilot.  He had heard a lot of people dying or getting injured due to potholes in Bengaluru.  He started the ‘pothole raja’ initiative through his company Ground Reality Enterprises.   His co. helps in pothole fixing.

Nearly one and a half years later, he claims to have filled over 300 potholes in Bengaluru. He built a Mobile App where people can upload a pothole road picture with the location.

How it works – pothole fixing?

After assessment, Prathap decided to use cold asphalt for pothole fixing.  Cold asphalt does not need heat-up.  Large machines are not needed for fixing the potholes.  It is more eco-friendly and less expensive.

The support for his project came from IT parks, educational institutions, hospital campuses and large gated communities.  After his project became popular, the pothole man started fixing public roads too.

More than 100 potholes fixing has been done in the areas in and around Whitefield.  ‘Pothole Raja’ gets minimum 7 to 10 calls in a day from Mahadevapura zone alone. 

High Court Order on Pothole fixing:

According to High Court Order, the civic bodyBBMP is supposed to fix the potholes in the whole of Bengaluru.  The commuters are seeing plenty of potholes till date. Whitefield is being the IT hub, is facing this problem continuously.

For the two months, Bellandur, Nallurahalli, Sarjapura ring road, Kundalahalli and Marathahalli have been filled by ‘pothole raja’ with the co-operation and help from the residents.

When public (residents, commuters and citizens) are paying road tax, our roads are hopeless.  Whoever is paying road tax should raise the issue.

People who spot potholes can Whatsapp them with a photo/picture along with the location on 817 POTHOLE to +918147684653.

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ACB raid at Anekal Taluk

ACB raid at Anekal Taluk

ACB raid at Anekal Taluk On 14.11.2018 ACB arrested Sri. Kumara mediator for Sri. Thimma Reddy, Sub-registrar, Attibele, Anekal Taluk while taking a bribe of Rs.125000/- 

A resident of Neraluru has submitted an application for the cancellation of development of his land at Sub- office. Sri Thimma Reddy, Sub-registrar, Attibele, Anekal taluk demanded a sum of Rs.200000/- for doing the cancellation. 

A case has been registered and investigation is on.

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Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra – waste management park

Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra – Solid Waste Management Park at HSR Layout, Bengaluru.

The Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra a Solid Waste Management Park is opened in HSR Layout. The Swacha graha kalika Kendra is the first of its kind in India initiated by HSR citizens forum.

The Kendra is India’s first solid waste management park.  The park has been named as ‘Ananthanavana’ in memory of the late Union Minister Ananth Kumar.  The park will impart education on how to convert waste in 20 different ways.

                                                        Ananthavana 

The Mayor of Bengaluru Gangambike Mallikarjuna, Deputy Mayor Bhadre Gowda and Satish Reddy, local MLA were present during the opening ceremony.

SWMP – Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra

The Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra was inaugurated on 15th December 2018 at Sector 4 park.  The Kendra is present inside the BBMP’s HSR park.  The total area of the park is 1.5 acres.  The centre showcases aerobic composting, vermin composting, anaerobic composting and bio-gas.

Different ways to compost manure

The centre will have live demo of various composting solutions to meet the needs of individuals and bulk waste generators.  The centre will also show case various urban gardening models for terrace as well as kitchen gardening.

The solid waste managemetn park compost centre

The solid waste management park – Swacha Graha kalika Kendra includes models developed by Shudh-Labh, Stonesoup.in, soil and health and Quantumleaf.  The models developed by the Government like the Tumburmuzhy, a model which is popular in Alleppey, Kerala also known as Alleppey Bin.

Innovative designs at Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra:

The centre showcases Organic Terrace Gardening.  

There are a lot of interesting design elements in the centre.  There is  an arch made out of paint buckets, a worm made out of waste tyres.  

Innovative theme

Some painted doors that were found in construction waste, bamboo railings with posters and messaging, wind-chimes made from bottle caps. The store-room wall is made from up-cycled construction and debris waste, the roofing from tetra-packs.

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Namma Metro purple line to shut down on Dec. 22 & 23

Namma Metro purple line will be shutting down on December 22nd and 23rd due to maintenance work.

namma metro purple line
Namma Metro purple line

The East-West Corridor of Namma Metro purple line which is 6.7km was the first Metro-line which was open for commercial operations on October 20, 2011.  

Disruption and Stations to shut down due to Namma Metro purple line:

Trains won’t run on this part of the namma Metro Purple line which covers Baiyapanahalli, Indiranagar, Swami Vivekananda Road, Halasuru, Trinity circle and MG Road stations.

A routine inspection revealed a honey comb in the pillar wall.  This forced the BMRCL to take safety measure by erecting a temporary structure around the pillar.  The speed of the trains was also reduced as a safety measure.

Strengthening of Concrete Beam being done on Namma Metro purple line

Being a weekend, the Metro authorities are hoping that the inconvenience being caused will be minimal.  BMTC Services will be increased in these routes on the days on Namma Metro purple line shutdown.

BMTC shuttle services between M.G.Road and Indiranagar will be arranged on 22nd and 23rd December.  The ticket prices will be borne by the BMRCL according to Managing Director of BMRCL.

Experts from Indian Institute of Science and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation are guiding the BMRCL in the restoration process.

Due to the appearance of air voids similar to the gaps on a honeycomb in the beam, the portion had slipped on pier Pillar no.155. The beam absorbs vibrations caused by running of trains.

BMRCL is trying to fill the gaps and strengthening the segment so that it goes back to its previous position.   Honeycombing does not pose immediate threat to the structure as it happens outside.  But over a period of time, water and atmospheric salt seeps in and corrodes the structure.

Opinions on Namma Metro purple line:

A structural engineer on the grounds of anonymity revealed that longevity and lifespan of the metro structures have not been tested properly. Concrete structures develop honeycombs while pouring cement in the gaps in the steel pillars.  Quality of the concrete is questionable.

Public are of the opinion that firstly the Government delayed the construction of namma metro to increase the quality.  On top of it the government did not consult the cities which are already running metro successfully.

People of Bengaluru wonder how this fall apart in a few years on such projects that run successfully across the world. 

All these precautionary measures are raising questions whether travelling in the Namma Metro is Safe?

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Missing Women – 6188

Missing women – 6188 Nos. since 2015.

Missing Women

Women and children missing since 2015 is totaling to 6188.    It is a very sad state and distressing to know that a large number of women including children are going missing in Karnataka.  A notable number remaining untraced. 

Missing women data:

According to the latest Karnataka State Police report to the Lokayukta, a total of 6188 women are missing in last 4 years.  They have remained untraced.  Apart from women 385 girls and 380 boys are missing and remain untraced.

Lokayukta directives on missing women:

The Lokayukta had directed the police to find out the exact number of women missing including girls and boys in the State.  The police have been directed the police to submit a report with the name and address of each missing women, boy and girl.

It is very difficult to find and rescue those who have been trafficked.  Human trafficking whether for sexual exploitation or for labor has the support of dishonest police and politicians.

Police say many of these women may have left home willingly.  In some instances kidnapping might have been the reason due to rivalry. Some might have been prey to human trafficking.

kidnapping

The Lokayukta has directed the authorities to fix daily wages reasonably to people who have been rehabilitated at beggar relief centres at the State.    Around 2800 persons are housed in the State in 14 centres.

At present Rs.10 is paid per day as a daily wage and Rs.3000/- will be given at the end of the third year at the centre.  Lokayukta directed the Central Relief Committee to pay more as wages as the amount being paid is on the lower side. 

Anti-human trafficking units and Operation Muskan to rescue Missing women:

The State of Karnataka has 9 anti-human trafficking units.  The units are located at Bengaluru,Hubbali-Dharwad, Mysuru, Belagavi, Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Raichur,Kalaburagi, Davanagee and Vijayapura.

The police are giving instructions to all unit heads to take up a special drive. Operation Muskan is to review cases of missing women and children since 2013.

Operation Muskan:

Operation muskan is to trace destitute and missing women and children.  After tracing them reuniting them with their families.

The main aim of the program is to prevent women and child trafficking.  Rescuing children and women from those who try to engage them in begging, sexual trade and other anti-social activities.

Two import things needs attention.  One of them being the need by the police department to improve the skills in tracing the missing persons.  Only half of the missing persons are being traced and reunited with the families.  

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100% Cotton Banners

Cotton Banners are replacing flex banners

Cotton banners are being replaced the used in namma Bengaluru in place of flex banners and boards.

cotton cloth banner

Cotton banners are in use. Following the ban of Flex boards and banners by the (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Bengaluru city, the advertisers are using cotton to print their advertisements.

Advertisements have returned on bus shelters and skywalks in the city even as the BBMP continues to remove flex banner.  The flex and plastic banners found its way for being used behind auto rickshaws and BMTC buses.

Presently the government is not allowing flex banners even in the advertisements put across on buses and autos.

Cotton banners:

Shopkeepers are sticking on to whatever business they get by hugging cotton. The shop keepers are not getting any orders for big banner due to ban.  What they are printing are smaller display materials for local use. 

Cotton fabric is the new trend in the market.  General public are making use of cotton fabric to display information on houses available for rent or for obituaries.

Other material banners:

Apart from cotton, a new material is also making rounds.  The new material is good for outdoor advertising as it is sun and water proof. 

This fabric is not cotton but a synthetic fabric.  This fabric is either polyster or nylon.  This fabric is used in making jackets orsports wear.  This fabric has durability.

Other material banners

National textile corporation has certified that the fabric is not harmful to the environment and is bio-degradable.  

The flex ban has hit the advertisers and the civic body hard.

Court order:

BBMP has been ordered by the High court to verify the claim of the advertising agencies that they have been using 100% cotton.  High court wants a detailed report by 17th December by BBMP.  Various PILs (Public Interest Litigation) have been filed seeking removal of banners, hoardings and buntings in Benglauru. 

Till date 480 cases have been registered against illegal display of flex banners. Out of 480 cases 232 cases have been resolved.  258 cases are still pending for enquiry.) 

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Namma metro Bengaluru services disrupted

Namma metro Bengaluru services disrupted

Namma Metro – Honeycomb problem: passengers who commute every day using metro purple line were inconvenienced due to ‘Honeycomb’ near Trinity Metro station.

Namma Metro services between Indiranagar and MG Road were suspended for about three hours on 12th December 2018 morning.  The cause was due to a concrete girder which had come out slightly off the beam near Trinity metro station.

The engineers of BMRCL have temporarily fixed faults in metro structures that developed due to what is technically called ‘honeycomb’ formation near Trinity circle metro station.

Honeycomb formation – Namma Metro

‘Honeycomb’ form in concrete due to imbalances in materials used while constructing.  It may also be due to poor cement to water ratio, improper placement of reinforcement bars in the horizontal and vertical beams of the pillars.

NAmma Metro pillar 155

The cause for ‘honeycomb’ formation may also be due to steel or iron bars not placed properly after concrete is poured or use of substandard materials.

The BMRCL detected a structural flaw in one of the viaducts.  The problem was not only the honeycomb formation.  At pillar No.155 the slider, also known as the concrete slabs which are supported by a pillar had shifted from its original position.

The BMRCL authorities have asked the engineers to concretize the slider.  As a temporary measure, a metal jack has been kept next to the pillar to support the slider.

Delay in the trip of Namma Metro

The BMRCL said that the delay was due to technical difficulties.  The honeycomb was formed under the metro tracks on Pillar no,155.  Speed restrictions were imposed.  The affected area was barricaded.

The repair work will continue for 3 days.

Public Opinion on Namma metro problem

The Bengaluru commuters are of the opinion that it may happen at any metro lane in the city.  The contractor should be sent to jail. The BMRCL officials who supervised the work and cleared the bills should be terminated.

Previously it was problems with roads, traffic, pollution, flooding and now even namma metro has gone the same way.

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Child Obesity

Child obesity is common among School kids in Bengaluru.   Obesity is on the rise.

 

Child obesity

Child obesity is rising and gaining popularity is becoming a serious public concern.  Recent studies are showing a worrying trend that obesity among kids is increasing.

21% of in Bengaluru is being obese and overweight.  In the name of modern lifestyle and fancy food habits, children these days are paying a heavy price through their health.

The annual school health check findings 2018 revealed that 15% of private schoolchildren have a vision problems, 30% experience dental caries, 21% are obese/overweight and 14% are at the risk of lifestyle diseases.

What is child obesity?

The BMI of a person is the measure of body weight relative to their height. It uses a formula to determine whether a person is underweight, normal, overweight or obese. For children, the scale uses an age and sex-specific measure called “BMI-for-age”. The charts use a percentile system to show how your child’s BMI compares with the other children in their age group.

Causes for child obesity:

Family history, lifestyle and psychological factors play a role in childhood obesity. Children in families where parents or other members are obese tend to follow the trend. Little can be done to do about that.  The other causes worth considering, which one can control are:

  • Poor diet and unsupervised snacking are the main culprits. Fast foods, sugary drinks, snacks, soda, soft drinks, and sweets add to the calorie intake and weight.
  • Some of the parents do not know how to choose or prepare healthy foods and others might not be able to afford healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Lack of physical activity adds up to unhealthy eating habits to make kids obese.
  • Psychological factors in some of the children and teens lead to obesity. Children who are depressed, bored or are feeling low tend to eat more to cope with negative emotions.

Child obesity risks:

Being obese puts children at the risk of many serious health disorders that would affect them through out their lives.

  • Diabetes– Overconsumption of sugary foods can lead to type 2 diabetes in children.
  • Heart Disease– Fat rich foods and foods that are salty give rise to high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Both the conditions raise the risk of heart disease in obese children.
  • Asthma– Children who already suffer from Asthma, a chronic inflammation of the lung can have it worse if they are also obese.
  • Sleep disorders– Obese children who have extra fat around their necks can suffer from blocked airways.  It leads to conditions such as sleep apnea where they find it difficult to sleep in the night due to interrupted breathing.
  • Joint pain– Carrying excess weight can lead to children experiencing joint stiffness, limited range of motion and pain.

Prevention is better than cure.  Start taking an interest in what your child is doing and eating. Stop child obesity.

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Yediyur lake – Boating

Yediyur lake – Boating

Yediyur lake has launched boat service for citizens of Bengaluru.

Yediyur lake is said to be dating back to the Hoysala period near Basavanagudi, is a serene oasis that’s popular with joggers and bird watchers.

History of Yediyur lake:

Yediyur lake is Believed to be one of the oldest lakes in Bengaluru city. The Lake sits at the edge of Basavanagudi.  It is easily accessible via the arterial Kanakapura Road.  Yediyur Lake exists from the days of the Hoysala kings — that’s about 1,400 years ago. It’s one of the last standing lakes in the city and is popular with the locals.

To enjoy the pleasantness of the lake, drive down for a jog or a leisurely stroll around the lake. Our very own BBMP has built a jogging track around the lake. And it is shaded by lofty trees and lined with numerous plants. When your feet are tired you can rest on one of the park benches and gaze at the calming waters of the lake.

Birds at Yediyur lake

The Lake is a hotbed for birds. The lake water attracts a variety of birds throughout the year. One can spot everything from waddling ducks to Black Winged Kites, Asian Koels, Jacanas, Mottled Wood Owls, Spotted Doves, and kingfishers.

Turn your binoculars to the trees to catch a glimpse of these winged beauties or you can park yourself at the small jetty, on the lake, to see them fly across the waters.

Boating at Yediyur lake:

The boating facility is a recent addition to the lake.  The ride is for 30 minutes at a cost of Rs.50/-.  Only pedal boats will operate at Yediyur lake.  This is to prevent pollution.  Motorboats may cause diesel leakage thereby harming aquatic life.

Boating at yediyur lake

Yediyur lake was taken up for restoration by BBMP in 2017.  The amount spent on the restoration work is Rs.1.2 crore.

Yediyur lake promises some solitude moments in nature’s lap, away from the bustle of a city life.  This hidden treasure is a favorite picnic for people who know this place and that is a blessing in disguise as one won’t find many people around when visiting this place.

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Air Pollution affects Bengaluru city

Air Pollution is posing a severe problem in Bengaluru.  The city is getting gritty with particulate matter.  What exactly is blowing around?

air pollution

Air Pollution – Bengaluru the reasons being Vehicular traffic and waste burning are the major reasons for air pollution in Bengaluru.  Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is the official, governmental body that monitors air quality in Bengaluru city.

Reasons for air pollution :

With growing vehicle numbers and resultant congestion and dieselization, air pollution is a growing concern in Bengaluru. The city is losing its inherent advantage of dominant commuting practices – use of bus and walking at the cost of clean air and public health.

Bengaluru needs stringent measures including leapfrogging emissions standards to Euro VI, curbing dieselization, scaling up of public transport, carpooling and walking for clean air.

Walkers and public transport users are inhaling very high pollution in Bengaluru. AC car users are also not safe.  There is a strong variation in exposure depending on the mode of transport. The open modes like walking, open buses and autos show a very high level of exposure than ambient levels… It is also the dominant approach. Even AC cars with windows rolled up to have as high as 125 microgrammes per cum. Commuters on sustainable modes are more at risk.

Different committees to address air pollution:

The state has set up three expert committees to address the deteriorating air quality(air pollution).  All the committees have almost the same agenda.  All the committees have chalked out plans.  The KSPCB does not have enforcement powers.

The committees have recommended implementation of strict regulation regarding heavy vehicle traffic in Bengaluru city limits. Checking polluting vehicles and penalizing them.  Imposing restrictions on vehicle registration are a few.

Health concerns:

It may be noted that over the last two decades efforts are being made at local levels to assess the health impacts of air pollution. There is enough evidence to act urgently to reduce the public health risks to children, elderly, poor and all. Bengaluru have to take action now to reverse the trend of short-term effects as well as the long-term toxic effects. For toxic effects to surface, there is a long latency period, therefore, exposure will have to be reduced today.  Addressing air pollution and health risk has assumed greater importance after the release of the global burden of disease that has ranked air pollution as the fifth largest killer…

Studies in Bengaluru shows the health impacts of air pollution, especially on children. Stunning evidence is available on health impacts on traffic policemen who are directly exposed to traffic pollution.

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Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka – tourism an important sector in the State.

 

Karnataka Tourism is an industry capable of changing the socio-cultural, economic and environmental face of the State. The State of Karnataka is the eighth largest in India. It has been ranked as the third most popular state in the country for tourism in 2014.

Abstract – Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka Tourism is one of the largest and fast growing industries in the world of tourism. It has the potential to influence the living pattern of communities. It is one of the most important channels of cultural exchange which breaks down the barriers between people of different parts of the world.

Tourism is the collection of activities, services and industries that deliver a travel experience.  This includes transportation, accommodation, eating and drinking establishments of retail shops, entertainment, business and other hospitality services.  These services are provided for individuals or groups of travelling away from home.

Karnataka Tourism an Overview:

Karnataka has been ruled and shaped under the reigns of many dynasties including Mauryas, Shatavahanas, Gangas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagara kings. The individual dynasties and the rulers have individually offered distinguishing  art and architecture, history and culture to the state and this attracts tourism.

Karnataka tourism has various types of tourist destinations such as hill-stations, wild life sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, national parks, waterfalls, beaches, heritage centers, pilgrim centers, adventure, cuisines, fairs and festivals. Each of these tourist product, have the capability  to create employment opportunities and increase in income generation of different stake holders in the tourism sector.

Tourism sector has both backward linkage and forward linkage. Tourism has economic significance in terms of employment and income. Tourism is an important service and entertainment linked economic activity. The promotion of any destination as a tourist spot leads to the economic development of that area and opens various kinds of employment opportunities for the local people.

Karnataka tourism – has one of the highest average elevations of Indian states at 1,500 feet. Karnataka boasts a diverse flora and fauna, which make it a natural tourist’s paradise. The state’s long and colorful history and the many forts, temples, mosques, and churches make it a great place to explore.

The desginations include Garden city Bengaluru, Jog Falls, the beaches of Karwar and Malpe, golgumbaz in Bijapur, the stone temples of Belur and Halebid, Mysore Palace, the list is endless.

Karnataka Tourism – Promoting Karwar

Karwar beach

Karwar is a port city in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It’s known for beaches like Rabindranath Tagore Beach, with dive spots and black-sand Timati Beach to the north. The INS Chapel (K94) Warship Museum, a former missile boat, has artifacts and videos on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The hilltop Sadashivgad Fort has a temple dedicated to the goddess Durga, plus views of the Kali River and the Arabian Sea.

Tourism is an emerging sector in Karnataka.  Karnataka Tourism is considered by some as the number one industry in the state.  Demographic, socio-structural and socio-cultural development always led to changes in tourist demands and service providers in tourism.

The survival of the Karnataka Tourism industry depends on recognizing the trends.   Government-owned hotels should be properly managed.   The State Government should take steps for the maintenance of the tourism destination.  Steps should be taken to restore the ancient monuments.

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