Register yourself on the voter roll; What does the BBMP Admin say?; Bengaluru’s lakes are home to mortals and gods

In this edition of the newsletter: Register yourself on the voter roll; What does the BBMP Admin say?; Bengaluru’s lakes are home to mortals and gods and more...

Bengaluru this week

July 2nd 2015


Bangalore’s own interactive newsmagazine
Speak up, it’s your city!  


It is game time in Bengaluru with the State Election Commission declaring BBMP elections. If all goes according to plan, the city may just have a new BBMP council by this time, next month. For the next couple of weeks, Citizen Matters will be presenting an in depth coverage of the elections – the latest news and updates, who is contesting from where, and much more. Keep a track of our special BBMP Elections coverage.

Here are the top stories from Bangalore for this week:

  • Revenue officers in Bengaluru are on mass leave today to protest against threats made out to them by the real estate mafia, and the lack of action by the police to counter the threats.
  • Those looking to buy property in Bengaluru can now look up its authenticity online, with the Survey, Settlements and Land Records department putting up land records online. This will enable citizens to locate a property on Google Maps and verify its land records.
  • The bribe scandal at Lokayukta office has taken an ugly turn, with Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao issuing an order suspending the probe on the bribery charges ordered by Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash Adi. Lokayukta’s son Ashwin Rao has denied any involvement and showed an alibi for himself on the day the alleged crime was committed.
  • Karnataka government wants to set up a network of 50 TenderSURE roads in central Bengaluru. With 17 more roads, a network of pavements is expected to form in the city centre.
  • A group of 14-year-old girls from a Bengaluru-school has won Technnovation 2015, an international competition where students were required to develop mobile apps to solve problems in their communities. Their app, Sellixo, allows citizens to sell and buy dry waste.
  • Additional commissioner of police, BNS Reddy, has made a mark in the US. He beat other officers from across the world to win the gold at the men’s single tennis event at the World Police and Fire Games 2015 held in the US.

This week’s highlight: BBMP elections

News and updates


The BBMP voter list has been announced. The State Election Commission (SEC) is using a de-duplication software to detect errors in the electoral rolls, and will be publishing the draft of the electoral rolls on July 8th. To ensure that you are eligible to vote on July 28th, enroll yourself on the voters list before that. Read: Enroll your name before July 8th to vote in BBMP elections.

The State Government has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court single bench judgment on BBMP elections and has asked for more time. So there is a slim chance that elections may be postponed once again. Read: BBMP polls reach Supreme Court again.

Interview with BBMP Administrator

Citizen Matters interviewed the BBMP Administrator, TM Vijay Bhaskar, to find out how the past couple of months have been for him. He stated that in the last two months, people saw BBMP becoming more responsive towards citizens’ queries and more transparent, and that property tax collection was at its highest. Read his interview here: “Initiating financial discipline in BBMP is my achievement”.


A citizen writes about the false promises that those standing for elections typically make: The tradition of promising ‘obbattu’ (sweet stuffed pancakes) and giving ‘biskattu’ (biscuits). Read: BBMP candidates must make their stand clear on citizen participation.

In other news…

BBMP uploaded all pending bills online for public scrutiny. A political party inspected the bills. The result: Derailing of the debate on social audits of public projects. Read: BBMP Admin’s transparency agenda sparks a Social Audit controversy.

Living by the lake

The van devatha at Munnekolala Lake. Pic: Sanchayan Nath

The diversity of people who live around Bengaluru’s lakes is not limited to mortal beings… Even gods and spirits have made lakes their home! See: In pictures – Where mortals, gods and spirits coexist.

Stranger in a strange land

The transition from a small US town to a bustling Indian city is one that a newcomer experiences with all senses. Our new intern, Holly Thorpe shares her first impressions of Bengaluru. Read: First week in a city that refuses to be ignored.

Aa dinagalu

In yet another trip down memory lane, Chandra Shekhar Balachandran talks about a lake he grew up around and the ‘Government Rains’ of the 1960s. Read: Ganeśa’s tank.

Living in the city

Here’s the latest from the Whitefield Rising group – Maths magic, get out and play, and other stories from Whitefield.

A citizen from Malleshwaram complains to civic authorities seeking respite from dangling electricity cables from a streetlight. The relief is yet to arrive. Read:The Malleshwaram streetlight problem.

Stalls at the Malleshwaram Parisara Habba. Pic: Rekha Chari 

Residents of Malleshwaram were witness to the Malleshwaram Parisara Habba on June 28th. While this year’s edition did see an increase in footfalls, what really stole the limelight were the stalls that promoted eco-friendly living. Read more.

Events this week

  • Bengaluru International Centre is hosting a talk on south Indian Devadasis and the question of religion on July 3rd – When the Devi is your Husband.
  • Pianist, composer and arranger, Sharik Hasan will be performing a jazz concert at Alliance Francaise on July 3rd.
  • Go on a tour of the old city and soak in the culture and history of the Bangalore of yore, at the Nagarathpet Walk on July 4th.  
  • Bhaskar Ghose is releasing his second novel Parricide on July 4th at Bangalore International Centre. The book release will be followed by a discussion on Indian authors writing in English.
  • Watch Death, an adaptation of Woody Allen’s comedy on July 4th at Alliance Francaise and witness the tale of a logical man lost in a mad world.
  • Make your way to Seva Sadan on July 4th for Janani, a Tribute to the Devi, where Vasanthi Hariprakash, Geetha Navale and Mythili Anantharaman will be saluting the feminine forces that rules the world.
  • Visit Max Mueller Bhavan between July 5th and 12th to view Architecture of the Senses, an exhibition featuring the works of Pondicherry based architects, Poppo Pingel and Mona Doctor-Pingel.

Click here for the complete list of events happening in Bengaluru.





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Local body polls in Anna Nagar, Zone 8: Wards, candidates and issues

A useful compiler for residents of Zone 8, comprised of areas such as Anna Nagar and Shenoy Nagar as they get set to vote on February 19th.

Zone Snapshot: Wards- 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108 Population- 757273 (2013) Polling Stations- 572 To locate your polling station – To locate your ward and zone – Issues in the Zone: In January of 2021, the waste collection in 11 out of 15 zones were handed over to private companies. Zone 8, was one of the zones where a waste collection contract was handed to Ramky Enviro Engineers (a private envrionmetal services company). The company absorbed around a 100 workers, and the rest (who were employed under the…

Similar Story

Local body polls in Adyar, Zone 13 : Wards, candidates and issues

A useful compiler for residents of Zone 13, comprised of areas such as Adyar, Thiruvanmiyur and Velachery, as they get set to vote on February 19th.

Zone snapshot Wards -170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182 Population - 490767 (2013) Number of polling stations - 471 To locate your polling station - To locate your ward and zone - Issues in the zone: Traffic congestion at Madhya Kailash Junction is a key issue that affects commuters. Those looking to travel to the airport or southern parts of the city face long hours of commute during peak hours in the area due to traffic jams. Overflowing sewage and old sewage pipes are an issue in Adyar. The old pipes leak…