BMTC’s Intelligent Transport System; Decoding illegal advertising; Travelling by Metro – the pros and cons

What is BMTC's new Intelligent Transport System all about? How many hoardings are there in Bengaluru and is BBMP collecting the revenues due? How is it commuting by work on Namma Metro? Why is rainwater harvesting important? All this and more in this week's edition of Bengaluru This Week.

After a long delay, the BMTC has finally launched the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to help commuters. The ITS  is expected to help passengers track BMTC buses, and the BMTC monitor bus movement. Read: All you should know about BMTC’s ITS.

Decoding illegal hoardings in Bengaluru

One can find ad hoardings everywhere – on buildings, storm water drains, skywalks and parks, even private residences. But no one knows the numbers, and no one knows how to stop them from coming up, or make money out of them. What’s going on behind the scenes?

Read: Advertising hoardings worth crores actually get no revenues to BBMP.

Pros and cons of travelling by Metro

Metro trains are jam-packed in the evenings. Pic: Karanam Ramesh

It’s been three weeks since Metro East-West corridor has been functional. And it’s already a success story for public transport, with over a lakh footfalls a day. What can improve the system? Here’s what a commuter feels: The pleasure and the pitfalls of travelling by Metro.

Local heating, not global warming…

Bangalore is hot, dry and dusty. We’re heating it up more, with all the gadgets and appliances we use. It’s local heating—not global warming. Here is the story of Bengaluru’s climate change…

If you rent out your apartment, read this!

Forced to hike your tenant’s rent to meet the extra non-occupancy charge that your building management committee makes you pay? The collection of the charge itself may not have any legal backing! Read: Non-occupancy charge for the flat you rent out could be illegal!

Gearing up for the rains

It’s that time of the year when the city will receive rains. Roads will flood while lakes will remain parched. Can we catch the rain and send it to lakes? Read: Let’s send some rainwater to our lakes.

Diverting water away from over-stressed storm drains and replenishing shallow aquifers can effectively raise water tables and reduce the intensity of flooding in a neighbourhood. Read: Why should I recharge groundwater?

Hillathon to conserve Nandi Hills

Looking to raise funds to support a specific cause in your neighbourhood? You can do so by participating in the Nandi Hillathon and help restore Nandi Hills too!

600 kg of plastic seized in Whitefield

Last weekend, BBMP health officers conducted an anti-plastic drive on Whitefield Main Road. Over 600 kg of plastic was seized and almost 25% of this came from PUMA, Metro Shoes and Favourite Shop. Read: Anti-plastic drive in Whitefield.

KillBill campaign

Residents from Nandini Layout worked with the BBMP to remove illegal hoardings and posters in the area. The KillBill campaign, as it’s being called, will be carried out monthly going forward. Read: KillBill campaign sweeps Nandini layout clean.

Survey on Bengaluru’s changing demographic

A master’s student is trying to understand the changing demographics of Bengaluru for her thesis. Share your insights by taking this survey.

News you can use

  • Bengaluru Blueprint Action Group, the 23-member non-constitutional group formed recently, had its first meeting on Tuesday. In the meeting chaired by Siddaramaiah, it was decided to form sub-groups comprising subject experts to find solutions to different issues bothering the city.
  • The Bengaluru Regional Passport Office launched online police verification of passport applications on May 14th on a pilot basis in Central Bengaluru. Five police stations in Bengaluru Central have gone online for the purpose. With it, the time taken for police verification has been reduced to one week as against the current waiting period of 30 days.
  • There has been mounting opposition over the CM’s recommendation for appointing BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhat for the post of Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) Chairman. An activist Ramamurthy Gowda has written to Governor Vajubhai Vala against the recommendation citing allegations of corruption against the bureaucrat.
  • The Transport department has continued its seizure drive against Ola and Uber cabs. On Tuesday, the department officials seized 60 Uber and Ola airport taxis for plying on city roads without seeking permission under new regulations.
  • The sixth edition of the India’s biggest social media festival, Social Media Week will be organised in Bengaluru on June 9th and 10th.

Events this week

  • Beyond the Bubble, a play about a group of monks trying to find out what went wrong with the world is being staged at Jagriti Theatre on May 27th, 28th and 29th.
  • Watch Crazies, a collection of short plays at Alliance Francaise on May 28th.
  • Sarod Vadana, a recital by Arnab Bhattacharya, accompanied by Sudeep Chattopadhyay on tabla, is happening at Bangalore International Centre on May 28th.
  • Put your foot to the pedal at Cycle Day, happening at Sadashivnagar and Cubbon Park on May 29th.
  • Make a weekend of it with the Tiger of Mysore, a heritage walk that explores the monuments associated with Tipu Sultan on May 29th at City Market.
  • Si Bangalore m’était conté, an exhibition featuring the works of young artist, Archana Narendran is on display at Alliance Francaise from June 1st onwards.
  • La Forêt Ebouriffée, a dance drama about a boy who has a tree growing in his head at Rangashankara on June 2nd.

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