Bellandur Buzz – SEZ protest; Anandayana; Bellandur service lane; Toxic foam

Bellandur Buzz…

Issue # 36

Date: 22 May 2015

This fortnightly newsletter is brought to you by the residents group


Protest against Bellandur – Agara SEZ


Peaceful protest

Date: 7th June 2015

Venue: Next to Agara lake and the temple

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Protest is organized by Koramangala and Bellandur residents.

Why we are opposed:

  • Blatant encroachment on ~100 acres of Bellandur wetlands. Threatening the survival of Bellandur Lake, the largest in Bangalore.
  • A serious threat to underground water levels and sources
  • Mega project requires water currently being supplied to 3 big wards. Supply zero sum game: Builders will get the water, what about residents?

National Green Tribunal has fined builders 139 Cr. in landmark judgement in May 2015, making scathing indictment of Ministry of Environment and State environmental bodies for allowing this project on wetlands. But the court did not scrap the project, instead a High level Committee appointed to decide the fate of this ill-conceived project.

Please attend the protest and let your elected represenattives know that you care. Please spread the word about the protest among your neighbours and peers. Know more about the history of the impending ecological disaster here.


Ananda Yana: “The Journey of Joy”

Ananda Yana

Location: Sneha Care Home, Bangalore

Date: 7th June, 2015

Reporting time: 6:00 am

Anandayana is a charity run in the beautiful outskirts of Sarjapur road, organized by Runners High. The run offers either a 4K or 10K marathon choice. There is a registration fee of Rs. 300, and all proceeds go towards charity. Register online by June 1st, or offline by June 6th to participate in the event. There will also be a performance by a live band and hot breakfast for all!

Visit the following link for more details, including the mission of Ananda Yana, information about the event, and detailed directions to the Sneha Care Home.


Bad condition of Bellandur service lane

 Bellandur service lane next to Central mall is in tatters. With monsoon expected next month, the road or whats left of it will get worse. A complaint is logged in at ichangemycity portal. Please vote up the complaint and get BBMP to act!


Foam on fire

Varthur lake has been foaming, for many years now, with toxic foam which looks deceptively serene. In the recent past, copious amount of foam spilling on roads and flying on to the faces of commuters has drawn attention of National media towards lake pollution. Last week this foam was found on fire at Varthur. Few days back, the same occured at Bellandur lake at the Yamalur bridge. What or who is responsbile for this? Presumably our sewage and detergents! Have a look at the news report here (courtesy NDTV).


Co-edited by Ritesh Shitalia.

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