Victoria Hospital – New critical care department

Victoria hospital is proposing to open a new critical care department.  The proposal is due to the growing number of emergencies. 

Entrance of Victoria hospital

History of Victoria Hospital :

Victoria Hospital is a government run hospital affiliated with Bangalore Medical College now renamed Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. It is one of the largest hospital in the city. 

View of Victoria hospital

The hospital  was started by Shri. Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the then Maharaja of Mysore in 1901. 

Health care facilities at Victoria Hospital :

Emergency services are available 24 hours including traumatology and emergency surgery in the Mahabodhi Burns and Casualty block with a 24-hour blood bank. 

 A centralized laboratory modernized with a grant from Infosys provides 24-hour services. The outpatient department housed in the Sir Puttanna Chetty block has a pharmacy that supplies medicines free to poor patients

The centenary building houses new wards and the nuclear medicine department with gamma camera and modern operation theatres. The radiology department is in the B.M. Srinivasaiah block.

The E.N.T department is in the Venkateshwara Institute. A dharmashala on the hospital campus provides subsidized accommodation for patient’s companions.

New Critical care unit at Victoria Hospital :

With the increase in medical attention and growing number of patients there is a need to include a critical care unit.  The hospital has sought minimum 10 doctors only for the critical care.  This includes critical care specialists, anaesthetists and doctors.

For a hospital of this vast size, the need of a dedicated team of experts is needed.  At present the hospital is utilizing the staff from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. 

Emergency cases at Victoria hospital includes accidents, poisoning, snakebite etc.  The hospital sees  around 60000 patients in the trauma care centre in a year.

Shortages at Victoria hospital:

The hospital has shortage of nurses.  The trauma centre in the hospital needs around 280 nurses.  But the hospital at present has 180 nurses and is in need of 100 more. 

The hospital has 385 ICU beds, 10 neurotrauma beds, 18 beds in main ICU, 2 beds in isolation.

Free Wifi – across Bengaluru

Free Wifi at 3500 locations across Bengaluru will be soon  a reality.  The Wifi will be provided by the civic body BBMP.

Wifi connection

Bengaluru gears up for free-connectivity in public places.

What is Wifi?

Wi-Fi is the name of a popular wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed Internet and network connections. 

Availability of Wifi services

A WiFi network makes use of radio waves to transmit information across a network. The computer should include a wireless adapter that will translate data sent into a radio signal. This same signal will be transmitted, via an antenna, to a decoder known as the router.

Free Wifi at public places:

India’s tech hub Bengaluru will soon get free wireless connectivity to access interest in public places.  The facility of free Wifi will be provided with the State Government’s assistance in Benglauru.

DCM G.Parameshwara had recently inaugurated a free Wifi facility as Govindaracjanagar.  The facility at this ward provides internet facility around a 3 km radius. 

free wifi availability

According to the Corporator Umesh Shetty of Govindarajanagar , the internet speed in his ward is 100 Mbps.  One can download /upload 1 GB data per day. 

After having a series of meetings with the State’s IT Department, the BBMP have finalized 3500 locations across the city.   These places are to be connected through Wifi in all the 198 wards in the city.

Work on providing free Wifi :

All the work connecting with providing free Wifi will be taken up in  a phased manner.  The connection will be given in 4 months. 

4 companies have come forward to provide the service. The process of finalizing the list will be taken up soon.

Tariffs – free Wifi :

The free Wifi services were announced in the BBMP Budget for the year 2018-19.  But the project has not taken off.

For the first 30 minutes the Wifi will be free.  After 30 minutes commercial rates as fixed by the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will be charged to the users. 

Road cave-in — Whitefield, Bengaluru

Road cave-in near Graphite India Ltd. at Whitefield. A 40 feet road caved in during the excavation process.    Alternative access was created for residents.

Road cave-in at Whitefile

Due to the road cave-in there a huge traffic on the main road.

Residents affected due to road cave-in :

The residents of Green Domain layout in Whitefield were locked up as the only access road to the layout caved in during the work on laying the foundation for an apartment complex by Salarpuria Sattva on Whitefield road.  The incident brought construction activities to an end.

The residents access to basic necessities like drinking water, groceries and milk were cut off.

Damaged road

Some of the residents had complained about the air-cracks in their houses due to excavation work.  BBMP had issued a notice to the builders to this effect. 

The construction co. had brought a stay order from the court and continued work.

Road cave-in – Action by BBMP :

BBMP officials opened a compound of an empty plot to provide access to the adjacent road.  The palike promised to reconstruct the road.  The civic body is initiating action against Salarpuria constructions for the deterioration of the road.

The civic body has registered a case with the police. The officials inspected the area and traffic police helped in rerouting traffic.

Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun visited the site of disaster and said that the under-construction project had been sanctioned by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board.

Resident’s complaints – Road cave-in

There are 750 families living in over 10 apartments on the road trapped.  The Cauvery water supply pipeline was damaged.

This is not for the first time that residents of the area have complained to BBMP about the possible safety hazard posed by the construction.

Dynamite was used to dig up the foundation for the construction of the building.  This has damaged the road.

Elevated Corridor Bengaluru

Elevated Corridor Bengaluru – some believe hat a 6 lane elevated corridor criss-crossing namma Bengaluru is a sure shot solution to traffic congestion.

Elevated corridor details

Deputy Chief Minister G.Parameshwara is planning to suspend the registration of new vehicles in Bengaluru.  This is due to the poor air quality in the city.  But correspondingly the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority has taken the initiative for environmental clearance for the elevated corridor Bengaluru project.

Project Elevated corridor, Bengaluru:

The elevated corridor Bengaluru project will add more vehicles and pollution to the city.  According to Chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, the proposed elevated corridor is an important part of his ‘long term vision’ for Bengaluru.  Already Rs.1000 is earmarked for this project in the current financial year.

Elevated corridor Bengaluru

The Detailed Feasibility Report (DFR) has budgeted Rs.19265 crore for the elevated corridor Bengaluru project.  This cost excludes the cost of acquiring around 141 acres of prime real estate and 1130 buildings.  Among the buildings majority are of commercial structures.

Environmental impact of the elevated corridor Bengaluru:

  • Residential and commercial structures to be razed – 1130 structures
  • Alignment runs close to 60 sensitive localities like schools and hospitals, hostels and libraries.
  • 8 water bodies will be affected including Halasuru lake
  • 2 archaeological structures – Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and old Dungeon fort and gates will be affected.
  • 5.88 lakh cubic metres of earth to be excavated.
  • 1.47 lakh cubic metres of earth to be disposed off in landfills and quarries.

Citizens opposition to elevated corridor :

A campaign was organized in the city by Bengaluru Bus Prayaanikara Vedike.  This movement saw participation of commuters and a number of groups.

Citizens questioned the logic and reason behind the plan to increase the bus fares giving reason as fund crunch but is ready to spend Rs.33,000 crore to build the elevated corridor Bengaluru.

A member of the vedike came out and said that the government is investing an obscene amount of money to build elevated corridor in the city.  If a portion of that money is utilized to make bus system better, the whole of public transport system across the State can be made world-class.

Organisations participated against elevated corridor Bengaluru :

A lot of organizations participated in rising their voice against elevated corridor Bengaluru.  The organisations are Garment & Textile Worker’s Union, Bengaluru Zilla Beedhi Vyapari Sanghatanegala okkuta, Slum Janara Sanghatane, BBMP Guttige Pourakarmikara Sangha & Domestic Worker’s Rights Union along with Citizens for Benglauru.

ACB raid at Bellary taluk, Jallibenche village

On 16.01.2019 the officials of ACB from Bellary, Jallibenche trapped and arrested Sri. Shashidhar when he was accepting a bribe amount of Rs.10000/-

The 8 residents who belongs to the SC/ST community of Bellary taluk, Jallibenche were sanctioned Rs.7,80,000/- by the Deputy Commissioner under SC/ST category.   Sri Shashidhar, Village accountant had demanded a bribe of Rs.50,000/- while distributing the cheques.

The bribe amount has been seized.  A case has been registered and is under investigation.

Rahul Vellal – child prodigy singer

Rahul Vellal is a child prodigy from Bengaluru.  He is a 6th standard student studying in Carmel Public School, Bengaluru.  His videos has received accolades from around the world.

Rahul Vellal – Child Prodigy

For Rahul Vellal music is a way of life.  He has become a you-tube sensation with songs & melodious voice.  Rahul has become an internet sensation.  One of the video featuring him has garnered 66 lakh times. 

Rahul Vellal – Parents :

His mother is Hema and father is Ravishankar Vellal.  Both are techies. Both his parents does not have any background in music.

Rahul Vellal with parents – Mother Hema and Father Ravishankar Vellal

They recognized Rahul Vellal’s interest in music when he was only two and a half years old.  Initially nobody was ready to take him as he was very young.

Other talents of Rahul Vellal :

Rahul Vellal’s parents got him admitted in the Shloka classes.  He started his music journey under Kalavathy Avadhoot.  He practices music for 2 hours everyday. 

Rahul performing concert

He is also learning Mrudangam from Kulur Jayachandra Rao and Western classical piano from Abhhishek S.N.( Trinity School of Music, London)

Rahul Vellal – You-tube sensation :

This child progidy has one million views.  His songs have entertained and healed many people from kids to octogenarians. 

Rahul Vellal’s songs in musical video includes Paluke Bangara mayena, vaishnav Janato, Pibare Rama Rasam, Brahmam Okate, Shivashtakham, Mahalakshmi Ashtakam and Ram Govind Hare for the eminent music director Kuldeep M Pai from Chennai.

He has performed carnatic classic music concerts in many sabhas in India and abroad.  He has won many prizes in many musical competitions.

Rahul Vellal – Academics :

This prodigy is good in his academics.  He is the recipient of CCRT National Level Scholarship for carnatic music vocal from Central Government of India.  He got Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbalakshmi fellowship 2018 for Karnataka vocal.

Prizes & Awards – Rahul Vellal :

Rahul has won many music competitions.  This includes the State-level CEMA for Karnatak classical, Sugama Samrat light music contest, Bengaluru Gayana Samaja’s Purandaradasa and Thyagaraja’s competition.  He was runner-up at National-level Sangeet Samrat competition.

Rahul with playback singer S.P.Balasubramaniam

His Barokrishnayya unplugged, performed for MadRasana was featured in the BBC Asian channel.

Walkable footpaths

Walkable footpaths are missing in most part of the city.  These are either encroached and used as a parking place for vehicles. 

Lack of walkable footapth

To demand a good footpath people living in and around sarakki and Kanakapura road are taking out a protest on January 19.  This protest is in demand of basic amenities like footpaths and pedestrian crossings.

Bengaluru’s footpaths are pedestrian un-friendly.

Walkable footpaths – Protest  :

Sarakki Signal is infamously called as the second silk board junction because of its traffic jams.   The intersection belongs to four different assembly constituencies – Bengaluru South, Padmanabhanagar, Jayanagar and Bommanahalli.

Riders on footpath

Residents complain that when the footpaths were build ramps were deliberately added so that they can park their vehicles. 

The footpaths are occupied by vehicles.  Walking on the footpath is a difficult task for senior citizens and children.

Walkable footpaths – un-walkable :

In the absence of any standard measure of walkability of a footpath, a footpath is considered walkable if 2 people can walk on it side by side without having to step up on the road.

Encroachment on footpath

In many places, footpaths are absent; in other places, they are encroached upon.  Reflecting the negligence of the civic body, footpaths in the outer zones are very bad compared to inner zones.

Walkable footpaths – nightmare for pedestrians:

Pedestrians are mostly dependent on footpaths and zebra crossings.  There are very few of such thins.  All the skywalks in the city are not in usable condition.  The number of sub-was are also in bad shape.

Nightmare walking on footpath

Pedestrians are nothing short of sitting ducks for speeding and wayward motorists in Bengaluru.  Unsafe and unwalkable pavements force pedestrians on to the road, risking their life and limb.  Bengaluru stands low on the Walkability Index (WI), an indicator of how walker-friendly Bengaluru is.

Walkable footpaths – How can we better it?

If we can build 1 km of footpath a day, in 21 months or say 2 years all streets across Bengaluru will have footpaths.  This might not cost more than 10% of BBMP’s annual budget.

Karnataka crisis – 2 MLA’s withdraw support

Karnataka crisis is continuing.  The 2 independent MLA’s supporting the coalition government on 15.01.2019 withdrew support.

Congress, JD(S), BJP heading for showdown – Karnataka crisis deepens

Both congress and the BJP are accusing each other of luring away each others legislators in this Karnataka crisis.  Chief Minister in a press meet said that his government is safe and there is no threat.

Karnataka crisis – support withdrawal :

The withdrawal of support of 2 MLA’s is unlikely to disturb the congress-JDS alliance.  Karnataka crisis takes worse scenario when 11 MLA’s from the ruling group resign to reduce the coalition to a minority government.

Independent MLA Shankar.R.

Two independent MLA’s R. Shankar from Ranebennur and H. Nagesh from Mulbagal released letters addressing the governor stating their withdrawal.   They are yet to meet the governor formally.

H.Nagesh – Independent MLA

The resignation comes at a time when there is speculation on the BJP.  The speculation is that the BJP is attempting to get congress MLA’s to resign to reduce coalition numbers thus creating Karnataka crisis.

Karnataka Crisis –  Coalition members (MLA’s):

The coalition government has 80 congress MLA’s and 37 JD(S) MLA’s.  The halfway mark of 113 No. is met with this coalition.  The BJP has 104 MLA’s.  There are 2 independent MLA’s and one BSP MLA.

Speculation is that atleast 7 Congress MLA’s who are unhappy after not being made ministers might withdraw support.

The independent MLA’s were reported to be with 5 Congress MLA’s.  Umesh Jadhav, MLA from Chincholi, who wanted to become a minister has been spotted in Delhi.

Karnataka Crisis- Highlights :

  • 2 MLA’s are believed to be inside a Mumbai hotel
  • 2 MLA’s withdrew their support “with immediate effect”.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister said that he is totally relaxed.  He stated that his government is stable.

According to the Independent MLA H. Nagesh, there is no understanding between the 2 coalition partners.  According to him some of the senior leaders are also willing to come out off the coalition government.

Residential areas – Illegal shops shutdown

Residential areas will be free of illegal shops and commercial establishments from now onwards across Bengaluru city.

Commercial establishment in residential areas

The civic body of Bengaluru BBMP has issued a total of 8496 notices so far. 

Illegal shops/commercial establishments in residential areas:

According to the latest data 120 shops are closed in the east zone.  The areas covered under east zone are Indiranagar, HAL II stage and III Stage.  The residents of east zone have been fighting for this cause for a long time.

Illegal shops

The Deputy Chief Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara had ordered for the shutdown of commercial establishments in residential areas.  The illegal shops will be closed for violating zoning regulations.

Residential areas covered under BBMP:

In West and South Zone officials closed down 88 and 82 businesses respectively.  Yelahanka witnessed closure of 82 establishments.

Illegal shops sealed
The areas where number of illegal shops are present and are closed are:

Dasarahalli 36 shops are closed out of 208 shops which have been issued notice.

Yelahanka closed 82  Notice issued 400

Mahadevapura closed 35 Notice issued 573

Rajarajeshwari nagar closed 8 Notice issued 162

Bommanahalli closed 23 Notice issue 150

West Zone closed 88 Notice issued 2100

South zone closed 82 Notice issued 1400

East Zone closed 120 Notice issued 3500

Total Number of establishments shut down as on 14.01.2019 are 474 nos.

Total Number of Notices issued to establishments so far are 8493 nos.

Residential areas – zoning regulations

Shops and  establishments which are allowed to function in residential areas includes grocery  shops, medical stores, fruit and vegetable shops.

Shops and establishments which are not allowed includes liquor stores, pub & restaurants, IT companies and construction establishments.

Parking in front of a residence
Residential areas – Public opinion :

Some of the residents are of the opinion that the number of closures stated by BBMP are an eyewash.  According to a resident of east zone, `the numbers putdown by the BBMP is an attempt to show things to the DCM’.

The Karnataka High Court had issued an order in this matter in 2016.  Previously when shops were closed, the owners of the establishments with the help of local MLA’s and Corporators had reopened.

Mechanical sweepers – clean Bengaluru city

Mechanical sweepers will be used in Benglauru to sweep the streets.  Bengaluru roads are set to be cleaner with BBMP all set to deploy these machines.

Mechanical Sweeper

Mechanical sweepers – BBMP :

The civic body of the city, BBMP has decided to use 34 sweepers.  17 sweeping machines will be purchased by BBMP on its own grants and 17 will be given by the contracts on a monthly payment.

With these, the total tally of these machines will be 41 machines as the palike already has 7.

Mechanical Sweepers – Mode of Operation :

Each sweeper is capable of cleaning up to 50 km. a day along arterial and sub-arterial roads.  With 41 mechanical sweepers, the civic body is planning to sweep atleast 2000 km. of arterial and sub-arterial roads in Bengaluru.

mechanical street sweeper

According to the Mayor of Bengaluru, the BBMP cannot rely on the manual sweeping in arterial and sub-arterial roads as the roads are wider.  These roads are wider than the regular wards roads.  these machines are ideal for this purpose.

Mechanical Sweepers – Functions :

These machines will be equipped with GPS navigation systems.  This makes the mopping of the city easier for the operators.  These sweepers are monitored through a video facility.  On the basis of this, the contractors are paid. 

Work of sweeping machine

Cost of Mechanical sweepers :

Each machine cost R.70 lakh.  The standard amount of making payments to the contractors per month will be Rs.65 lakh.  This payment varies according to the performance.

The BBMP has decided to make payments based on the performance of each machine.  This is to avoid fake billing or excess billing payments to the work done by the contractors.

Future plans – Mechanical Sweepers

The BBMP has decided to add 50 more machines to Bengaluru city in the next 2 years.  This move is to make it almost 100 mechanical sweepers aiming to clean 5000 km. of roads each day.

Currently Bengaluru’s total road strength is 14440 km.  as white topping roads do not easily accumulate dust, it will be easier to focus on arterial and sub-arterial roads.

Sachin Bansal – Filpkart co-founder – OLA Cabs

Sachin Bansal, Co-founder of Flipkart has invested Rs.150 crore in home grown cab-hailing major ola cabs.  Bansal left flipkart following Walmart’s acquisition last year.  Sanchin Bansal  is in talks with many Start-up companies to invest.

Sachin Bansal

In October last year, the Bengaluru-based company had announced raising $1.1 billion funding from China’s Tencent Holdings and SoftBank Group. It had also stated that it was in “advanced talks” to close an additional $1 billion funding to take total mop-up to more than $2 billion.

Sachin Bansal :

Sachin Bansal, who co-founded Flipkart with his friend Binny Bansal in 2007, is estimated to have pocketed between $800 million (Rs. 5,381 crore) and $850 million (Rs.5,717 crore) from the acquisition, according to e-commerce analysts.

Bansal, who served as Flipkart’s CEO for nine years,  held a 5.5% stake in the Bengaluru-based company before Walmart bought a 77%  stake in  it for $16 billion on May 09. Aged around 36, he was until recently Flipkart’s executive chairman.

Sanchin Bansal – Investment in Ola :

Bansal has taken up 70588 fully & compulsorily cumulative series J preference shares.  The face value of the share is Rs.10 at a premium of Rs.21240 per share.

Ola cabs

Ola has raised Rs.520 crore from existing investor Steadview Capital.  Sanchin Bansal is also setup up a $1 billion fund, has invested in ola cabs in his individual capacity. 

This investment is to be one of the biggest of Sachin Bansal.  The investment comes at a time when ola is competing with the global rival Uber in India.

Sachin Bansal – other investments :

Investment in Ola is his larges disclosed investment till date.  Prior to this investment, Sachin Bansal has been an active Angel investor. 

Last month Sachin Bansal launched BAC Acquisition Pvt. Ltd. with investment Banker Ankit Agarwal.  This venture is said to develop and provide services through IT-driven internet and mobile platforms.  This venture also focus on energy, medial, retail, agriculture, financial services etc.

Sachin Bansal’s other investment include SigTuple, scooter startup Ather Energy and News aggregator Inshorts.

Sachin Bansal with Ather scooter

Pongal – Harvest festival

Pongal  – Harvest festival is dedicated to Sun God. It is a four-day festival which according to the Tamil calendar is usually celebrated from January 14 to January 17.

Happy pongal

The pongal – harvest festival is celebrated as a thanksgiving ceremony for the year’s harvest. Pongal, one of the important Hindu festivals, falls around the same time as Lohri every year, which is around mid-January.

In the Tamil language the word Pongal means “overflowing,” signifying abundance and prosperity.

Thai Pongal corresponds to the harvest festival celebrated throughout India.

Pongal – Significance :

The Thai Pongal day marks the start of the sun’s six-month-long journey northwards (the Uttaraayanam). This also corresponds to the Indic solstice when the sun purportedly enters the 10th house of the Indian zodiac Makara or Capricorn.

Lord Surya Bhagawan

Pongal – harvest festival is mainly celebrated to convey appreciation to the Sun God for a successful harvest. Part of the celebration is the boiling of the first rice of the season dedicated to the Sun – the Surya.

Pongal – History :

The origins of the Thai Pongal festival may date to more than 1000 years ago. Epigraphic evidence suggests the celebration of the Puthiyeedu during the Neduevak Choka Empire days. Puthiyeedu is believed to represent the first harvest of the year.

Tamil people refer to Pongal as “Tamizhar Thirunaal,” the festival of Tamizhs. Thai Pongal, also referred to as Makara Sankranti, is referred to in the classic work of Hindu astrology, the Sruya Siddhanta.

Pongal – Dish :

Pongal dish is made with rice, jiggery  and milk the main ingredients.  This sweet dish includes cardamom, raisings, green gram, and cashew nuts along with ghee. The cooking is done in sunlight, usually in a porch or courtyard, as the dish is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya.

Preparation of pongal

The cooking is done in a clay pot of a copper panai that is decorated with colored patterns called Kolam. Cooking pongal is a traditional practice at Hindu temples during any part of the Temple Festival.

Other names to Pongal festival :

Maghi (preceded by Lohri) by North Indian Hindus and Sikhs

Makara Sankranti (Pedda Pandaga) in Andrhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telengana

Sukarat in Central India

Magh Bihu in Assamese

Pongal in Tamil.

Pongal or Sankranti in Karnataka :

On this festive day, girls wear new clothes to visit relatives and friends with a Sankranti offering in a plate and exchange the same with other families. This ritual is called “Ellu Birodhu.”

Here the plate would contain “Ellu” (white sesame seeds) mixed with fried groundnuts, neatly cut dry coconut and fine cut bella (jaggery). The mixture is called “Ellu-Bella”. The plate contains shaped sugar candy moulds (Sakkare Acchu) with a piece of sugarcane.

There is a saying in Kannada “ellu bella thindu olle maathadi” that translates to ‘eat the mixture of sesame seeds and jaggery and speak only good.’ This festival signifies the harvest of the season, since sugarcane is predominant in these parts.

Ellu Bella, Ellu Unde, bananas, sugarcane, red berries, haldi and kumkum and small gift items useful in everyday lives are often exchanged among women in Karnataka.

Iblur Junction – Fatal attraction

Iblur junction has a fatal attraction.  Sarjapur residents are protesting against the awful and terrible Iblur junction where many commuters mainly pedestrians have died.  The main cause being bad and poor traffic management.

Iblur junction aerial view

Accidents at Iblur junction – fatal attraction

The junction witnessed many fatal accidents.  Recently an elderly man of 75 years was knocked down by a BMTC bus while crossing the Iblur junction.  On 12th January a 50 years old Bengaluru resident was killed.  He was hit by a concrete mixer at the junction.

Accident at Iblur junction

The number of accidents are highlighting the woes of residents in this area.  The residents repeatedly approached BBMP to make the signal pedestrian friendly.  Just 2 weeks ago  a 22 year old  met with an accident at the same spot.  A BMTC bus was involved in this accident.

Main demands – Iblur Junction

Residents say that there is a severe shortage of pedestrian infrastructure such as footpaths, zebra crossings and skywalk at iblur junction.

The residents are demanding :

  • Pedestrian crossing
  • Three median islands at Iblur Junction
  • Zebra crossing
  • skywalk

Repeated accidents at Iblur junction are raising temper among the local residents.  The residents are staging protests regularly.    They are seeking a skywalk – a long pending demand to prevent accidents. 

Footpaths are encroached with street vendors, construction debris and parked vehicles.  Vehicles violate traffic norms and there are no traffic police to guide the traffic.  Drains are left uncovered for the unsuspecting pedestrians or even vehicles to fall into.

Iblur Junction – fatal attraction – a death trap

Residents say that crossing over from Iblur lake towards Columbia Asia hospital near Sarjapur road junction is a death trap.  This stretch is dangerously risky.  There are no pedestrian crossings.

Traffic at Iblur junction

It is very difficult for the elderly and persons with disabilities to cross the road. 

Conclusion – Iblur Junction

These accidents have triggered a debate on social media.  Many people have slammed BBMP for not installing skywalk where it is required.

Many have questioned ‘when the BBMP wake up?’  The BBMP is of the opinion that the sky-walk at Iblur junction is not feasible as the metro rail falls on the same stretch.

Electronic city flyover (E-city flyover)

Electronic city flyover will be shut down from January 14th 2019.  The 9.5 km long elevated expressway runs from  silk-board junction to Electronic city.

Electronic City Flyover

The E-city 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 Bengaluru’s tallest flyover

Elevated express way or Electronic city flyover

Hosur Road Elevated Expressway also known as Bangalore Elevated Toll-way or Electronic City Flyover is a 9.985 kilometers (6.204 mi) long elevated highway.   This runs from Madiwala to Electronic City.  

The project is a part of the BETL (Bangalore Elevated Tollways Ltd), project as part of the National highway Development Project and the Elevated Highways Project. It was initiated in early 2006, and was inaugurated on 22 January 2010.

Electronic city flyover – vehicles banned

Heavy vehicles including BMTC, KSRTC and TNSTC( Tamil Nadu State Transport) are banned from using electronic city flyover on Hosur road.  This is due to the ongoing Maintenance work. 

Regular commuters includes mostly techies headed to office at Electronic city.  Since maintenance work, the vehicles movement at Electronic city flyover is at a snail’s pace. 

Maintenance work at Electronic city flyover

The maintenance work had started in December last year on one side of the carriage way of electronic city flyover.  This was from silk board junction to electronic city. Heavy traffic restrictions are imposed by BETPL to facilitate maintenance of expansion joints along the flyover. 

The work which started on 17th December 2018 on one stretch of the road is completed.  The work on flyover from silk board junction to electronic city   is ready.  This work is been done in 27 days instead of 35 days as stated by the authorities.

Vehicles being diverted at flyover

Maintenance work on the other stretch of road

The same maintenance work will start on the other side of the road of the high way from January 14.  As per BETPL, about 70,000 to 75,000 vehicles use the electronic city flyover everyday.  The maintenance work will take around a month to get completed.

Vehicles banned using Electronic city flyover

The road regularly sees heavy traffic.  The closure of electronic city flyover is going to cause a great deal of problem to commuters.  Those travelling from Bengaluru to Electronic city to reach office will be most affected.

Electronic city flyover – public opinion

The commuters of electronic city flyover has suggested to take up the repair of the flyover during the weekends, when the traffic movement will be less.

Bhogi festival – 1st day of festival

Bhogi Festival

Bhogi is the first day of the four-day Pongal festival. According to the Gregorian calendar it is normally celebrated on 13 January but sometimes it is celebrated on 14 January.

The festival is celebrated in the Southern States of India as the first day of the harvest festival of Pongal.  It is the day of discarding everything that is old and thus bringing in new fortune and prosperity in their lives.

In the Tamil Calendar, this corresponds to the last day of the month of Maargazhi. Bhogi is a festival celebrated widely in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Telangana.

Bhogi Festival – Spiritual significance

The festival of Bhogi is the first day of Pongal and is celebrated in honor of Lord Indra, “the God of Clouds and Rains”. Lord Indra is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land.

Thus, Bhogi day is also known as Indran. On Bhogi all people clean out their homes from top to bottom, and collect all unwanted goods. This day is meant for domestic activities and of being together with the family members.

Homes are cleaned and decorated with “Kolam” of “Rangoli”  – floor designs drawn in the white paste of newly harvested rice with outlines of red mud. Often pumpkin flowers are set into cow-dung balls and placed among the patterns on Bhogi day.

Fresh harvest of rice, turmeric and sugarcane is brought in from the field as preparation for the following day.

Bhogi festival – the bonfire

Another ritual observed on Bhogi is Bhogi Mantalu, when useless household articles are thrown into a fire made of wood and cow-dung cakes.

Bhogi Bonfire

Girls dance around the bonfire, singing songs in praise of the gods, the spring and the harvest. The significance of the bonfire, in which is burnt the agricultural wastes and firewood is to keep warm during the last lap of winter.

Other names of Bhogi

  • Bhogi Pandigai
  • Lohri in Punjab and other parts of North India
  • Maghi Bihu or Bhogali Bihu in Assam

Maatu pongal

Maatu Pongal is celebrated the day after Pongal . Cattle is our sources of wealth for providing dairy products, fertilizer and labor for plowing and transportation. On Maatu Pongal, cattle are recognized and afforded affectionately. Features of the day include games such as the Jallikkattu and taming bull.

Jallikattu – Bull taming

On this day celebrants bathe and decorate their cattle with garlands. Cows are decorated with  turmeric water and oil.  Farmers apply Kumkum to their foreheads, paint their horns, and feed them a mixture of venn pongal (Khara pongal), jaggery, honey, banana and other fruits.

In the evening people pray to Lord Ganesha.  One ritual is to light a torch of coconut leaves and carry it around cattle three times and then run to the border of the village to drop it. This is believed to remove the evil influences caused by the jealousy of other people over the cattle.

Lake conservation through PPP

Lake conservation through PPP is being decided for Bengaluru lakes.  This includes taking up of conservation, preservation and development of tanks and lakes under Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.


A clean lake in Bengaluru

Lake conservation:

The involvement of the private sector in the lake restoration of Bengaluru lakes can be allowed only if there is no commercial interest involved, a panel appointed by the Karnataka High Court has said.

According to the Minor Irrigation Minister a few corporate firms have come forward to invest in lake conservation a sum of Rs.600 crore.

Lake conservation – need of the day:

According to official figures, presently Bengaluru has about 189 lakes. Standing as they may be as per official records, most of them are barely surviving.  This is due to the inflow of sewage, encroachment by slums or constructions sites. It also includes garbage being dumped in it or the wild growth of weed due to their poor maintenance.

Polluted lake in the city

This is directly and indirectly affecting our health and future with the water table going down.  The  ground water is being polluted. We breath toxic air and are paying heavy costs from our pockets for compensatory fixes.

Lake Conservation – Initiative by forums:

Activists from different citizen lake groups in the city like Friends of Lakes, Whitefield Rising, Sarakki Lake Guardians and Bellandur lake Citizen group came together to form a Federation.   The ‘Federation of Bangalore Lakes’ took its birth.  They aim is to find solution for better lake governance.

Lake Conservation – Initiative by Government :

The Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy has given directions to the officials to take firm steps towards finding permanent solution to protect and conserve lakes on priority basis.

The Chief Minister told the departments concerned to encourage corporate firms and private organizations to participate in lake conservation. 

Encroachment on lake in Benglauru

A phased and time-bound report is asked by the government.  Experts opinion will also be considered in this regard.  Immediate eviction of encroachment on Rajakaluves have been ordered. 

Those who have built homes on the storm water drains will be  evacuated and will be provided with alternative housing. 

Cauvery water supply scheme stage V

Cauvery water supply stage V is set to proceed.  The BWSSB has finalized the consultancy firms. 

Cauvery river

The Government of Karnataka had directed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) to re-direct Cauvery river water to the five zones under the Cauvery Water Supply Scheme-Stage V plan.  This was kept in cold storage as Stage IV was under process.

Cost of the Project of Cauvery water supply scheme V

The project is worth Rs.5500 crore and this includes construction of 7 ground level reservoirs.  The reservoirs will be at Gottigere, Kadugodi, Chokkahalli, Singapura and Lingadeverahalli.

Cauvery Water Supply Scheme (CWSS)-Stage V:

The scheme is primarily the construction of a complete  water supply and sewerage system.  This is to be systematically undertaken in the 110 villages area in 2 phases – 500 MLD to be supplied in Phase 1 and 225 MLD in Phase 2.

water is precious

The larger plan is to direct the surplus water from the project to core areas and 8 Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the next decade 2024-2034.

A meeting was held last year.  It was revealed in the meeting that putting down of  the pipelines is 100% complete in nine villages.  The House Service Connections (HSC) activity is in progress for 17 villages, for which 7.5 MLD has been allotted.

Cauvery water supply scheme – flow of water

In Cauvery water supply scheme Stage V, water from Shiva Anekattu or Shiva Balancing Reservoir flows into Netkal Balancing Reservoir. It is then pumped to Toraikadanahalli water treatment plant. Treated water from Toraikadanahalli is then pumped into Bengaluru through pipelines and Harohalli and Tataguni pumping stations.

12 lakh residents in 110 villages get drinking water

Areas covered under Cauvery water supply stage V

Progress is being made slowly and steadily. According to a BWSSB progress-review report, work is progressing. In terms of the laying of the pipeline, 100% of the work has been completed in 9 of the 110 villages.

Pipe laying under progress

The areas  includes 5 in Dasarahalli zone, 3 in Bommanahalli zone and 1 in Mahadevapura. The same report says that 50% of the pipeline network has been laid in 36 villages, of which 14 are in Mahadevapura zone. The work has just begun in 64 villages, while 21 villages have been untouched.

Cauvery water supply stage V at a glance

An additional 775 MLD of water will be supplied to Bengaluru through Cauvery Stage V project.  The Stage V project includes 7 ground level reservoirs, 14 Sewage Treatment Plants and 7 ISPS.  This project will benefit 110 villages and will be commissioned by 2022.

Rise in recruitment – Bengaluru is hiring

Rise in recruitment services.  Bengaluru is hiring.  The city is taking the lead with 13% growth in recruitment activity.

Bengaluru is hiring

Bengaluru, the Country’s tech hub, stands 1st in recruitment activity in the country.  There was a 13% growth in December 2018 compared to the same month in 2017.

22% of the hike was from software industries.

Rise in recruitment

The index stood at 2,122 for Bengaluru in December 2018, compared to 1,864 for the same month in 2017.   For India as a whole, the map went upwards from 1,833 in December 2017 to 1,987 in December 2018, a rise of 8 %.

Upward index of hiring

According to CMO of Info Edge India, Sumeet Singh who runs the runs the Naukri jobs portal, the year 2018 ended with growth in hiring across most major cities and top industries”.

Rise in recruitment – different sectors

 For the past few months, IT and Auto/Auto Ancillary sectors have been leading the growth. It has been a good year for BPO and FMCG.   There is a hope that the trend continues in 2019.

Bengaluru witnessed an increase of 18% in IT-Hardware sector.

Rise in recruitment – calculation of index

The rise in recruitment is calculated based on the index which takes job listings into account from one month to next month.    Naukri has used the job listings added to the site.  July 2008 has been taken as the base month with a score of 1000.

Rise in recruitment

The subsequent  month index is compared with the data available for the month of July 2008. 

Rise in recruitment in other cities

The rise in recruitment  in Pune is by 15% (2379), Mumbai 9% (1656), Chennai 9% (1602)  and Kolkata 14% (2322).   The Auto industries rise in recruitment stood at 24%, the HR by 17%, Oil & Gas 11% at 724, Telecom 10% at 542 and BPO 3%  at 1672 in India.

BWSSB – Water tariff hike – Bengaluru

Water tariff hike is looking inevitable.  The BWSSB is seeking revision of water tariff to meet the operational costs.  The last revision of tariff was in 2014.

BWSSB

BWSSB – Government Agency

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is the premier governmental agency responsible for sewage disposal and water supply to Bengaluru city. It was formed in 1964. 

There are three main sewage treatment plants, which are located in the rishabavathy, Koramangala-Chellaghatta and Hebbal valleys. Two additional mini-plants have been built near Madiwala and Kempambudi.

BWSSB – Water tariff hike – grounds & Proposal

The proposal for the hike is in the rang eof 30% or more.  The proposal will be sent to the State Government by the end of January.  The percentage of hike is being calculated.

Water tariff hike

In the end of 2014, BWSSB had raise water tariff by 20%, since 2005.  Water tariff hike revision is being a subject of political compulsions, the BWSSB in the last year draft had sought to revise tariffs every 3 years.  The government rejected the draft.

BWSSB – Water Tariff hike – operational cost

The cost of pumping and supplying water from Thippagondanahalli and Cauvery is the biggest cost.  The cost of pumping i.e., electricity takes up a major chunk of the revenue. 

The average cost of water is approx. 28 per kilolitre where as the domestic user is charged just 7 per kilolitre.   This has resulted in Rs.250 crore of deficit between expenditure and revenue.

The capital costs of all major projects taken by BWSSB will be met by the State Government or through loans.  But the operational costs are to be borne by the BWSSB’s revenue system.  Since 2014, the additional cost of Sewage treatment plant’s has added to the burden on the balance sheet.

STP

BWSSB – Water Tariff hike – Conclusion

The BWSSB is spending money for the re-laying of roads and a lot of money is being spent to get water connection to the 110 villages.  To boost the funds of the water boards water tariff hike is inevitable. 

The BWSSB board had hike the tariff in 2014 and before that in 2005.  The gap of 9 years was between 2005 and 2014.  But this time the proposal is being made within 4 years.

The BWSSB makes a revenue of Rs.1200 crore every year  from water bills collection.

Terminal 2 – KIA – Bengaluru

Terminal 2 at KIA started in 2016.  The Terminal 2 or T2 expansion project included construction of the second terminal 2.  It is a parallel runway that will allow the airport to handle increased number of flights. 

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengluru

When the KIA opened in 2008, there were 378 commercial flights operating in India. The number increased to 600 and expected to go to 800 in the near future.

Terminal 2 project at International Airport, Bengaluru :

The International Airport is 8 years old.  KIA began operation in 2008.  KIA sees the higher passenger traffic in South India.  It is the 3rd busiest airport in India.

Terminal 1 is running with a capacity of 20 million passengers annually and began its operation in February 2014. 

Terminal 2 at KIA

Terminal 2 project was taken up in 2016.  The cost of the project when taken up was around Rs.4000 crore.  The terminal is being constructed in 2 phases.  Works on the 1st phase serve 20 million passengers annually.

The 2nd phase of Terminal 2 is expected to cater another 15 million passengers annually.  One the Terminal 2 is completed, the airport can serve 55 million passengers.

Terminal 2 – facilities :

The number of check in counters will be huge.  Terminal 2 will feature 173 immigration counters, 113 in the 2nd phase.  25 baggage claim belts will be included in 2 phases.

The facilities includes 213 counters in the departure area.  This is divided between 2 phases i.e., 90 in the 1st phase and 123 in the 2nd phase.  There will be 62 check lanes and 97 emigration counters.

Terminal 2 at KIA – Garden themed :

The second terminal at KIA is a massive structure.  It is designed as a garden experience with a built-up area of 2.54 lakh square metres in the1st phase and 4.41 square metres in 2nd phase.  The garden theme is a natural extension of Bengaluru’s greenery.

Garden theme at Terminal 2, KIA

The Terminal 2 includes a multi-modal transport hub, which also includes a Metro station, a multi-level car parking area.  This also includes a lagoon of water recycling.

The entire terminal roof will be covered with solar, photo-voltaic panels to enhance the current use.  The storm-water and water discharge includes grey and black water will be treated at the Airport.  The project also includes sewage treatment plant. 

A nursery has been planned for the Terminal 2 on a 30-35 acre plot.  All trees and plants which will be using in the landscaping will be relocated to the nursery will be replanted later.

Atijeevan Foundation – Pragya Singh

Atijeevan Foundation is the brain child of Pragya Singh.  She is the Founder secretary  who has been fighting for empowerment and rehabilitation of acid attack survivors for more than 5 years now. 

Ajijeevan foundation is the South India partner for Acid Survivors Foundation India.

Acid attack – Atijeevan foundation

Acid attack is the throwing of corrosive acid on a person which melts down the skin as well flesh of the affected area, even resulting in blindness and sadly, even death.

Atijeevan Foundation with acid attack victims

Unfortunately, justice alone cannot provide peace in such incidences, as the survivor has to forever carry the marks of the incident which affect them the most financially. As since then, starts the endless battle with surgeries, medicines and society.

Moto of Atijeevan Foundation

The primary aim of Atijeevan Foundation is to help acid attack survivors  in the lifelong battle.  The foundation  hope to do the same by supporting their rehabilitation physically, mentally and economically.  In other words,  getting funds for surgeries, medicines or providing them with employment.

Atijeevan is trying hard  to open the doors of opportunities for the survivors to earn their living with their own skills and talent and also help them to become economically independent in their lives. The organization is even guiding the victims with Medical and Legal Assistance with the help of a team of Professionals and Donors. 

Hope to Acid attack victims at Atijeevan Foundation

It is about bringing a ray of hope among the Acid Attack survivors who are victimized by this cruel and violent act.   Due to ignorance of the government and civil society, most survivors find no hope and stay like an outcast in isolation.  Atijeevan aims to research and track acid attack cases and organize  a data to get the actual situation of survivors.

Pragya Singh – Founder Atijeevan Foundation

Pragya Singh is an Acid attack survivor turned activist.  She is been  fighting for providing relief and rehabilitation to her fellow acid survivors.  She coordinates with outstanding  doctors from across the country for medical advice, personal counselling and generates permanent source of regular income for all of the survivors who are in need.

Pragya Singh – Founder of Atijeevan Foundation

Pragya is the founder of Atijeevan Foundation and her main priority is to work for rehabilitation for the victims. She has been coordinating closely with other NGOs like ASF India and CSSAAW to rope in all the survivors and fight collectively. 

Atijeevan Foundation can be reached at ajijeevanfoundation@gmail.com

Electric Vehicle charging stations – Vidhana Soudha

Electric Vehicle Charging stations at Vidhana Soudha are not being used.   These charging stations remained unused hidden behind parked vehicles.

Electric Vehicle charging

Karnataka is the first Indian State Government to introduce an EV Vehicle policy.  It was Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy who took steps towards e-mobility transformation by launching electric car and 2 wheeler charging stations at Vidhana Soudha.

What is an Electric Vehicle?

An electric vehicle, also called an EV, uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. An electric vehicle may be powered through a collector system by electricity from off-vehicle sources, or may be self-contained with a battery.  

EVs include, but are not limited to, road and rail vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electric aircraft and electric spacecraft.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Vidhana Soudha

In the first phase of the project the BESCOM had set up Electroc vehicle charging charges at its Head Office and at Vidhana Soudha. 

Electric Vehicle charging stations at Vidhana Soudha

The inauguration of the first charging station was a huge milestone in EV movement in Bengaluru and was a major influencer in motorists perception.  For a long time, the vehicle owners have been wary of switching to Electric Vehicles.  This was due to the fear of being stranded without being able to charge them.

There are two charging stations each for electric cars and 2 wheelers.  The charging station at Vidhana Soudha is the third government Electric Vehicle charging station in Bengaluru.

Electric Vehicle charging stations at Vidhana Soudha unsued

Interestingly the charging stations at Vidhana Soudha were shut down on the next day of the launch.  The reason being there are no electric vehicles belonging to the politicians or officials at Vidhana Soudha.  Private vehicles are barred into the premises.

EV Station at Vidhana Soudha

The electric vehicle charging stations were set up at a cost of Rs.20 lakh and have a capacity to charge eight vehicles.

Archana Kamath – Table Tennis Champion

Archana Kamath bagged maiden crown t the National senior Table Tennis meet.  She is the first youngster from Karnataka State in 50 years to win this title. The last player from Karnataka to win the title was Usha Sunderraj in 1968.

Archana Kamath with trophy

Archana Kamath represented Petroleum Sports Promotion Board.  She defeated Krittwika Sinha Roy of West Bengal.   She beat CWG Gold medalist Manika Batra in the semifinals. 

Archana Kamath –  Life

Archana is a Bangalorean, born to an ophthalmologist couple. Her constant support from her family led her to be ranked number 1 player in Karnataka State. 

The young and fierce Archana Kamath is a right handed player with a shake-hand grip and an attacking style of play and idolizes Saina Nehwal and Roger Federer. 

Young Archana Kamath

Archana was introduced to the sport of Table Tennis when she was 9.  What started off as a recreational game soon became the passion.  The passion drove the teenager Archana in making accomplishments at the international level.

Accomplishments of Archana Kamath

Archana won her first U-12 and U-18 State title in 2011.  She retained the Karnataka State No.1 Sub-junior ranking through 2012.

She is ranked number 1 player in Karnataka State in 4 age categories i.e. (U-15, U-18, U-21 and Women’s Singles). She is the first player to hold this distinction in the history of TT in Karnataka. In 2013, at the Karnataka State Ranking Table Tennis Tournaments, she won 30 titles in total.

Archana Kamath in action

In the year 2013 she ended the year by winning National Championship (Singles Gold) and Doubles Bronze. Archana made Karnataka proud by becoming the first TT player from the state to win all the 3 available Gold medals in a National championship.

Title dedication and Conclusion

Archana Kamath dedicated her title to 3 people.  First among them is her coach Vijay Sarathy. The others being Judit Magos Engle, wife of former India coach Peter Engel and her cousin sister, who passed away recently.

Archana Kamath has already achieved a lot in her Table Tennis career.  She has won the Gold medal in the 2015 French Open. She also reached the quarterfinals in the Mixed Doubles category of the 2015 World Junior Table Tennis Championship. 

Sanitary pads – Guinness record

Sanitary pads – Guinness record happened in Bengaluru.  This was to promote menstrual hygiene.  A menstrual pad is a type of feminine hygiene product that is worn externally.

Sanitary pads

Participants at the 62nd All India congress of obstetrics and Gynecology formed a line stretching 1078 metres using 10105 sanitary pads.

Sanitary pads or menstrual pads are made from a range of materials, differing depending on style, country of origin and brand. the main materials will usually be bleached rayon (cellulose made from wood pulp), cotton and plastics.

Sanitary Pads – History

Through the ages women have used different forms of menstrual protection.  Menstrual pads have been mentioned as early as the 10th century, in the Suda, where Hypatia lived in the 4th century AD.

The ergonomic design and materials used to make pads also changed through the 1980s to today,  With earlier materials not being very effective. 

Sanitary pads – society and culture

This is about cultural aspects surrounding how society views menstruation.   In some societies it involves menstruation being perceived as unclean or embarrassing, inhibiting even the mention of menstruation. 

Many traditional religions consider menstruation ritually unclean, although anthropologists point out that the concepts ‘sacred’ and ‘unclean’ may be intimately connected.

Sanitary pads – Doctors’ meet

This was done at the 62nd All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AICOG) that began in Bengaluru on 9th January. More than 15,000 doctors’ participated in the five day conference.

The sanitary pad formation that made to the Guinness records

Ilustrating and picturing women’s health, the sanitary pads were designed in the shape of a uterus and carried the tagline ‘Nothing’s more cuterus than your uterus’.

To promote menstrual hygiene among adolescents, doctors’ especially gynaecologists attempted a Guinness world record  by creating the ‘longest line of sanitary pads’.   

The pads used in the event was later given to Indirapriyadarshini Girls high School; RSPAVK High School, Jayanagar; Gokul Vidya Kendra and Muambika School for New Age to be distributed among their  students. 

Varthur lake – sluice gate project

Varthur lake – froth and debris

Varthur lake sluice gate project gets a new deadline.  According to the BDA the work will be completed by April 2019.

The sluice gate project has already missed many deadlines.  

History – Varthur lake

Varthur Lake is an artificial lake, or tank, located in the Bangalore South taluk of the Bangalore District in Karnataka. This lake has played an important role in maintaining water resources for irrigation since its construction during the Ganga Empire over 1,000 years ago (Karnataka State Gazetteer, 1990).

Varthur lake

Over the centuries, the lake has developed into a complex ecosystem that provides habitat for a variety of plant and animal species.  This includes resident and migratory waterfowl.  The lake also provides the local community with a pleasant micro-climate and considerable pleasing appeal.

Inter-connection and degradation

Varthur lake is part of a system of interconnected tanks and canals that receive practically all the surface run off, waste water and sewage from Bengaluru South.  Urbanization and population expansion in Bengaluru and surrounding towns and villages have taken a brunt on many tanks.  Varthur lake is one among them.

Varthur Lake froth

Pollution has exceeded the ability to integrate contaminants.  This has lead to visible degradation of the quality of water in the lake. 

Sluice gate project – Varthur lake

The BDA has completed the installation of sluice gates in the varthur lake and are working. The 20 metres of the waste weir is yet to be completed.  BDA has set April as a deadline for the work completion.

According to the residents the contractor has not received enough funds from the authority to carryout the work, hence the delay.  The work was halted due to the construction of the new bridge adjacent to the old bridge in varthur.  This demanded diversion of water.

Present scenario

Lake bed is still filled with excess soil and debris. The minor irrigation department had dug it up to set up KC valley pipelines.  The clearance of the debris is yet to take place and restore the lake-bed.

Sirsi Circle Flyover – repair

Sirsi Circle Flyover – repair is under process.  This flyover is commonly known as BGS flyover and is been partially shut for repair. 

Sirsi circle flyover one side closed

The repair  will last for some months.   This will put motorists to hardship.

Reasons for Sirsi Circle Flyover repair :

The reasons quoted for repair of the Sirsi Circle Flyover by BBMP is ‘excessive use’.  The BBMP Council approved a  proposal of repairing the Sirsi Circle Flyover in July 2018 at a cost of Rs.4.02 crore.

The contract has been given to Sai Trisha Infra Engineers by the BBMP.  The poor maintenance by the previous contractor has resulted in potholes on the flyover.  The surface has worn off because of heavy rains in September 2017.

Potholes at Sirsi circle flyover

The previous contractors were Aretry Infra Projects and were fines Rs.11.5 lakh by the BBMP. They were fines becomes the roads were not maintained properly.   A lot of potholes had appeared on the road and a complaint was registered at the Lokayukta.

Accordingly the BBMP parted with the Fixed security deposit (FSD) and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) amounting to Rs.11.23 lakh.  

The busy flyover recently became accident prone owing to potholes and faulty parting joints.

Sirsi Circle Flyover – visit by DCM G. Parameshwara

Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara inspected the Sirsi Circle flyover repair  on 8th January.  To ease the asphalting BBMP is resurfacing the road with mineral asphalt to seal pad.  This will prevent potholes and also help prevent water stagnation.

DCM Visiting Sirsi circle flyover

According to the Technical head and contractor they have to mill and remove the existing bituminous asphalt layer of the road and then lay the seal pad.

Benefits of using Mineral asphalto seal pad on Sirsi Circle Flyover :

The main benefit of this method is that it is an easy process.  The total time is reduced.  This process will not allow water to seep on the asphalt and this in turn prevents potholes.

The contractors will  be completing the work on one side of the road which stretches from Town Hall towards Mysuru Road by this month end.  The other side of the road will be completed during the next month.

ACB raid at Bandenallasandra village

On 08.01.2019 the ACB, Anekal taluk arrested Sri. Manjunatha Swamy while accepting a bribe of Rs.6000/-.

Anekal taluk, Jigani Hobli, Bandenallasandra village Milk Federation Corporation Secretary had submitted documents for conducting elections for the federation.

To verify and to recommend the papers, Sri. Manjunatha Swamy, Co-operative development officer, Anekal Taluk had demanded  a bribe of Rs.7000/- to do the same.

A case has been registered.  The bribe amount has been seized.  The investigation is on.

Indian Premier League – Cricket

Indian Premier League – Cricket – The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) put an end to the speculation about the event. The whole of Twenty20 matches will be held in India from March 23.

Indian Premier League

Indian Premier League – Cricket – history:

The Indian Premier League – cricket officially Vivo Indian Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India.  It is contested during April and May of every year by teams representing Indian cities and some states.  

The league was founded by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008, and is regarded as the brainchild of Lalit Modi, the founder and former commissioner of the league.

Indian Premier League – cricket Tournament format

In Indian Premier League – Cricket, each team plays each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format in the league phase. At the conclusion of the league stage, the top four teams will qualify for the playoffs. The top two teams from the league phase will play against each other in the first Qualifying match, with the winner going straight to the Indian Premier League – cricket final.

Imdian Premier League – Cricket Trophy

The loser getting another chance to qualify for the Indian Premier League-cricket final by playing the second Qualifying match. Meanwhile, the third and fourth place teams from league phase play against each other in an eliminator match and the winner from that match will play the loser from the first Qualifying match.

The winner of the second Qualifying match will move onto the final to play the winner of the first Qualifying match in the Indian premier league cricket Final match, where the winner will be crowned the Indian Premier League champions.

Indian Premier League – Scheduling

In 2009 the Indian Premier League was held in South Africa.  In 2014 the tournament was at the United Arab emirates.  

Teams playing in IPL

Scheduling of the cash-rich Indian Premier League had become a challenge this year with India’s general election due by May.  It is also the month when the 50-overs World Cup gets underway in England.

It is learnt that the cash-rich tournament has been kept in the country keeping in view the fact that the elections are held in phases.  It would not be too much of a logistical issue to schedule the games.

Players to look out at  Indian Premier League

Steve Smith and David Warren of Australia will return to the Indian Premier League – cricket after a gap.  Both the players are serving 1 year ban and were barred from the 2018 Indian Premier League. 

Indian Premier League – cricket HIGHLIGHTs
  • The BCCI CoA has confirmed that Indian Premier League 2019 will not be shifted outside India.
  • The IPL will start on March 23 and the detailed schedule will be out later.
  • The CoA will have a discussion with all the franchises before taking a call on the full schedule.

Women Liberation – equality

Women liberation – equality is a word we often hear.  But have it understood the real meaning of women liberation – equality?

It is a movement of feminist intellectualism that emerged in the late 1960s and continued into the 1980s. The Women Liberation – equality Movement grew out of the struggle for civil rights.

Women Liberation

One of the reasons that women who supported the movement Women liberation – equality chose not to create a single approach to addressing the problem of women being treated.

The women were treated as second-class citizens. They did not want to foster an idea that anyone was an expert or that any one group or idea could address all of the societal problems women faced.

Women continually drive for more freedom and consequently have acquired more freedom. In the last thirty years women have made incredible progress.

Women liberation – equality –  a recent study

Recently we are coming across lot of issues concerning women.  Some times it will be in the field of achievement or sometimes in the name of religion. But often on somebody’s instigation.

In recent days we have seen women entering Sabarimala temple with much hoopla.  This has definitely created a controversy. 

Women Liberation – Inequality in the name of religion:

The Government of Kerala was ready to give protection to a muslim and a Christian lady when they tried to enter Sabarimala temple in the name of women liberation and equality.  6 people out of which 3 women from Tamil Nadu wanted to visit the famed Vavar Mosque near the Sabarimala temple in the name of women liberation and equality.  They have been arrested on charges of trying to create animosity between religious groups and intention to trespass.

Is it fair??? The decision is left to the readers.

Women Liberation- equality – Entry to Agasthyamala

Presently many women are gearing up to venture into the 1868 Agasthyarkoodam mountain peak in the name of women liberation – equality.  This is 40 km from Thiruvananthapuram city.  The reason is to break the decades old ban, that too in the name of a celibate deity.

The Agasthyarkoodam peak lies within the Neyyar Wildlife sanctuary in Thiruvananthapuram.

Agasthyarkoodam is a part of Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve, and women are allowed access till Athirumala, which is the base station of Agasthyamala.

Agasthyarkoodam mountain

Part of the Western Ghats, Agasthyarkoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala.  Some people climb the mountain as a pilgrimage.  No formal ban exists, the tribal community living in the region opposes the entry of women in the name of tradition.

The tribal community of the area the Kani Tribal has expressed strong reservations towards women’s entry. Trekking to this mountain peak is allowed only for around 45 days in a year.

Women Liberation – Mountaineers to Karnataka

With many years of climbing experience to their credit, conquering eight thousander peaks across the Himalayas, these women are amazing. They are ace climbers, Rita Gombu, Harshwanti Bisht and Chaula Jagirdar.

They are in Karnataka to experience the flavor of the culture of the state and the people.

Rita Gombu is an ex-Air India employee.  She is the daughter of Nawang Gombu who climbed Mount Everest twice.  She is the grand niece of Tenzing Norgay, who climbed Mount Everest in 1953 for the first time. 

Rita Gimbu

Rita got within 183 meters of the Everest Summit in 1984.  Harswanti Bisht is accompanying Rita.  Harswanti is the first women to summit the most difficult mountain Nanda Devi which is 7816m in 1981.

Harshwanti Bisht

Chaula Jagirdas is a trans-Himalayan Expeditions record holder.  She has 40 Himalayan expeditions to her credit. 

Chaula Jagirdhar

Hope the comparison is self explanatory. There are many ways to prove feminism and equality. Achievement need not disturb the social life and society where we live.

‘I change Indiranagar’ – a Federation of RWAs

‘I change Indiranagar’ (ICIN) – is a Federation of RWAs (Residents Welfare Associations) in Indiranagar.  This was formed to address common civic issues faced by the Residents of Indiranagar.

Civic issues raised by ‘I Change Indiranagar’

Civic issues ranges from garbage to traffic, pollution to parking and from commercialization of residential areas to safety and illegal cutting down of trees.  The aim of ‘I Change Indiranagar  is to make Indiranagar, a neighbour-hood where all the residents can live peacefully with access to good civic infrastructure and services.

Pavement occupied by a pub in Indiranagar

There are few neighbour-hoods who have borne the brunt of commercialization like Indiranagar.  It was once a quite and peaceful locality away from the rush of Bengaluru’s business district. But now it has arguably replaced the latter when it comes to nightlife. 

Problems at Indiranagar – quoted by ‘I change Indiranagar’

Though it is illegal to operate rooftop pubs in Bengaluru, there are around 25-30 such pubs in the Indiranagar neighbour-hood. ‘I change Indiranagar’ is fighting to curb these activities.

Over the years, Indiranagar has witnessed a fast increase in the number of pubs and bars.  This has added to its problem of high number of commercial establishments.  Some residents are of the opinion that not all these are legal. 

Residents demanding justice

Residents allege that owners are able to operate rooftop pubs simply by using the already existing licences for an extra floor.  This is illegal.

Residents are disturbed by the loud music and brawls.  Some people buy drinks from the pubs and drink on the road after the pub closes.

‘I Change Indiranagar’ – Meeting with Deputy Chief Minister

This residents welfare association met Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara over the unchecked illegal commercialization of the locality.   According to a resident 90% of these commercial establishments do not have a trade licence. 

DCM G. Parameshwar with Indiranagar Residents

Despite of giving complaints repeatedly to the concerned authorities, the number of pubs, bars, micro-breweries have increased recently.

‘I Change Indiranagar’ had given a complaint to the BBMP commissioner in 2016 with a list of commercial establishments. 

Reply by DCM to ‘I Change Indiranagar’

The Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara promised to hold a meeting with the officials of BBMP, BESCOM and BWSSB to close the commercial establishments in the residential areas.