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Namma Railu - GOK cabinet approves 345 Crs as part of the MoU

Commuter Rail

Yesterday Feb 14, 2017, Karnataka state cabinet approved the 345 Crs funds per the MoU that they had inked with railways last month.

To begin with the MoU has 2 projects on suburban rail:

Why Bangalore Commuter Rail / Suburban Ril does get any importance by Railwy Minister

Commuter Rail

In the budget 2017-18,  Bangalore Suburban Rail did not get any funds to kick start.

Why CM of Karnataka is keeping quite on these type of developments

footpath works - bbmp's perpetual money spinner

The below picture is of the road works which have started this week on MG road. As can be seen,the exisiting concrete blocks have been removed an neatly piled up on the road..this will most probably be recycled on the same footpath eventually in the coming days.

solving silkboard conundrum

Silkboard junction has been identified as one of the worst traffic prone junctions in the whole of India!!

So what does the govt do to handle it..they come up with an humungous plan to 'de-clutter' the junction with a maze of flyovers..

Elevated Light Rail System – Hebbal to JP Nagar

Public Transport

An alternative mode of quick transport, real estate based development or a mere election gimmick?

Suburban Rail info

Commuter Rail

@Srinivas Alavilli  thanks for compiling all these stations , so impressive

Metro DPR 2A (SB-KRP) - review

Metro Rail

BMRCL has for the first time taken a very positive step by sharing the dpr for the phase 2a which connects Central Silk Board to KR puram (via ORR) on the internet.

They have also invited review comments by the general public. We have time till end of this month.

Steel?? Concrete is way better!

Infrastructure

There is lot of talk about the steel bridge coming at a very high inflated cost on Hebbal road..there are various options to consider before getting to building a bridge like mass PT options like a BRT or LRT/Metro or Suburban rail..

Steel Bridge from Basaveshwara Circle - Analysis of DPR and public record documents

This is a starter post for analysis of the published DPR and other materials for the flyover from Basaveshwara cicle to Hebbal.

“Social Service Obligations” by Indian Railways

Commuter Rail

Well ANalysed by the authors.

Now Railway AC fares are higher then even the AC Bus Fares.  

So accounting does not help for the market dynamics and this need to be under stood by Railway Minister.

Accounting is number game and  efficiency is Engineering skill,  Wastage  is Corruption  in Indian Railways.

Forced bandhs

Karnataka has a legitimate grievance that its drinking water woes will worsen on the Supreme Court enforced release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Just as Tamil Nadu has a genuine case that without this release its samba crop would be in danger.

Updated Ward Committee Rules dated 22.6.16

Governance

Following is the text of the letter received from Smt Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Trustee, CIVIC Bangalore, following the recent finalisation of the updated Ward Committee rules:

Dear friends,

Practicality of enforcing revised BWSSB STP norms for existing apartment complexes

Water

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has extended the deadline for installation of sewage treatment plant (STPs) in domestic and non-domestic buildings till October end.

Bengaluru lake systems and demolitions

Urban Development

Finally we need a crisis of sorts to get the govt machinery started and the CM talking tough about illegal encroachments onto lake areas. Everyone has abused the lakes systems in the worst possible way. So course corrections are necessary and a must!

SOme right vibes coming out from the opposition too, where BJP has asked to go behind the big players too, citing as below:

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