Bengaluru Buzz: Water and waste ranking ring alarm bells

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Manjunatha Prasad re-posted as BBMP Commissioner: He was removed from his position in May by the Election Commission and was awaiting a transfer ever since, but he was unexpectedly given the job back on June 28, 2018. The government transferred M Maheshwara Rao who was holding the position, to the position of Secretary in the Department of Agriculture, additionally managing Horticulture and Sericulture.

Source: The Deccan Herald

BMRCL revises six-coach train route:  Based on a pattern of commuting identified by BMRCL, certain revisions in timing and routes have been made for the six-coach train. The six-coach train for Purple Line moving westwards begun and ended at Vijaynagar metro station. According to the revised schedule, it will extend from Baiyapanahalli all the way to Mysuru Road in both directions. Similarly, the loop train that starts at Vijayanagar and ends at MG road will now go till Baiyappanahalli.

Source: The New Indian Express

Bengaluru slips further in Swachh India Ranking: The Swachh Survekshan survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development released on June 23, 2018 placed Bengaluru in the 216th spot in a study of 485 Indian cities.

Source: The Hindu

BDA refuses to re-open RMP 2031 for public consultation: The draft of the Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2031 was to be opened by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) according to the directive issued in March by the Urban Development Department (UDD) for the purpose of receiving citizens inputs. It was put on hold till the assembly elections were on. Now, the BDA has cited the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961 as a reason to not put out the draft in the public sphere, and is seeking a clarification from UDD on the matter. A writ petition filed by Citizens Action Forum (CAF) argued that only Bangalore Metropolitan Planning Committee (BMPC) has the authority to draft plans for Bengaluru, not the BDA.

Source: The Hindu

Justice raps BBMP on corruption: Karnataka High Court Justice B Veerappa observed while hearing a writ petition filed against Herohalli BBMP revenue officials by a resident of Bharathnagar regarding his property’s ownership:  Proliferation of corrupt public servants in the offices of the BBMP could garner momentum to cripple the social order if such men are allowed to continue to manage and operate public institutions like BBMP. ”

Source: The Hindu

Groundwater in Bengaluru to be depleted by 2020: Niti Ayog: The report names Bengaluru along with 20 other Indian cities that will be depleted of ground-water by 2020, resulting in 40% of the population not having adequate drinking-water resources by 2030. The first nationwide data analysis conducted on water-resources calls for immediate action on the water-crisis plaguing the country.

Source: Indiaspend

BESCOM serves notices to apartments with Effluent Treatment Plants: Many apartment buildings in Bengaluru received a notice from BESCOM demanding additional money for using ETPs and fire stations, usually categorised under LT 5 tariff for commercial use. The amount was levied in spite of the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) having classified ETPs under domestic use after hearing their needs from April 1, putting citizens on edge and forced to take legal recourse.

Source: Deccan Herald

BBMP plans 23.6 kilometres and 23 roads in TenderSURE model: BBMP is contemplating doing up Museum road, Brigade road and Commercial Street under the TenderSure Programme. The Direct Project Report (DPR) by BBMP estimates a cost of Rs 250 crore for 23 roads, and will be funded under the Chief Minister’s Nagarothana project. Work is expected to start in two month’s time depending on when the tender comes forward

Source: Deccan Herald


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