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Potholes - symptom of a major road design issue

There is a lot of frustration among citizens about the state of the city roads these days. THere seems to be a spree of activities from the govt side to 'quickly' fix the issue considering the major elections coming soon

Civil Society Forum BBMP manifesto

Governance
On Friday, 24th June, 2022, Ms Kathyayini Chamaraj presented Civil Society Forum BBMP manifesto, keeping in view the soon to be held Municipal elections.

Points for submission to the KARC(2) Citizen Feedback meet (to be held on on 2nd March, 2022):

Governance
For the state, housing the tech capital of the country, which provides services & manufactures goods for customers across the world, what is lacking is professionalism in its basic administration.

High-rise apartment housing complex issues

Urban Development
First and foremost, is the question of which of the many associated Acts is best suited to management of High-rise Apartment Housing Complexes.

Freebies, handouts and other myths loved by income tax payers

Governance
A message floating around on WhatsApp groups is demanding that a “taxpayers’ union” should be set up and consulted by the government. An income tax officer has apparently made the suggestion, but this is difficult to believe, as it is rooted in an ignorance of facts and a poor understanding of political economy.

Integrating de-centralised Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Cities

Urban Development
My take-aways from a fairly well presented Panel discussion on "Integrating de-centralised Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Cities", held on 12th Oct, 21, hosted by Flourishing Bengaluru Collective ( https://www.flourishingbengaluru.org/ ) - check @

Airport Metro Tracking

Metro Rail

Finally 58 Kms of Metro from Silk Board -KR Puram-Hebbal-Airport was approved on 20th April 2021 after delay of many years at the estimated cost of Rs 14000 Crore.  we can expect this line to be ready after 6-7 years from now if every thing goes smooth.  cost may escalate to 30000 Crore. 

Project K-100: re-visioning of Koramangala valley drainage system

Urban Development
Whereas having a storm-water drain (SWD) adjoining your property should normally be a welcome proposition, it is not quite so in Bengaluru (and perhaps in most Indian cities), since it is largely raw sewage that is flowing in them.

Relevance of KAOA under RERA

Urban Development

Typical case of KOFA/ KAOA compliance

CM's Rajakaluve upgrade plans - ambitious?

CM Yediyurappa in his Independence day speech introduced a plan to spruce up the Rajakaluves in the city and convert them to public spaces. Sounds grand and ambitious. However as they say the devil is in the details. One of the sources mentioned this to the press:

Emotional intelligence, Chanakya Niti and Road Safey - Webinar

Traffic
What has Chanakya Niti to do with Road Safety? Last week I had the pleasure of doing a webinar on emotional intelligence, Chanakya Niti and road safety for over 200 staff from the RTO and allied professions. 

applicability of 50% reservation limit

Governance
The Supreme Court order last week which quashed a January 2000 order of the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh providing 100% reservation to Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates for the post of teachers in schools in the scheduled areas of the state is a reaffirmation of the 50% ceiling principle laid down by the court for reservations.

Metro OR Suburban train to KIA?

Commuter Rail

So its that time of the year again, expectations from the budget abt announcements on suburban rail and no doubt madam FM did say few words on the issue but also left a lot for speculation. And then the news items abt the train link to the trumpet interchange near KIA that has started some invigorated discussions on social media.

Update on Koramangala projects

Infrastructure
With the Ward Committee's largely dysfunctional (check here), I am appending below my version (gathered from exchanges on various WhatsApp groups, and hearsay - if anyone has more authentic info, they are most welcome to correct me) of a
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