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Pod Taxi kills a metro route..

Public Transport

The 'new' budget that the CM presented recently has tried to make way for the weird Pod Taxi project which was proposed by the earlier government.The route picked for the conceptual PRT system is starting from Trinity circle(MG rd) and heading towards HAL aiport road.

GCPP assignment - 1

Economy
Question 1
 
Humaradesh, a state in India, has been suffering from political violence (by state as well as non-state actors) for over 50 years.

Metro Ph-1 Integration issues progressing slowly

4 works connecting to B'lore Metro once completed will bring big relief &will increase metro ridership
1. FOB at BMTC Mejestic
2. Extending Platform at Baiyappanhalli for intercity train
3. Skywalk at City station
4. 3rd entry from Gubbi Tontadappa road

White topping - projected panacea?

Call it election frenzy or a plan being put in place to 'address' major public woe of having a city with bad roads, the govt is in a frenzy to white top major roads in the city.

FENCE BELLANDURU LAKE ALREADY!!!!

Lakes

Bellanduru lake fires are becoming so common that there are jokes about it in the city and the NGT 'raps' the govt for not acting on the problem is becoming like what the SC gives every summer to the  state govt over  cauvery...NO ONE

If I were to be the Mayor of Bengaluru

Governance
Citizen Matters recently invited essays from citizens on how they would go about things if they were to become the "Mayor of Bengaluru".

Air pollution issues

Pollution

As we know that the air pollution issues for the city is gaining attention. Yes, there is pollution and we should not deny it. What I have seen so far is many individuals are doing work on air quality issues without any knowledge or background. Thanks to Google, they spend an hour reading about air pollution and they have become experts.  There was a time when solid waste was a buzzword.

BekuBedaSanthe

Governance
The "Citizens for Bengaluru" is organising a "BekuBedaSanthe" on the 15th Oct, and the following is what I posted on their web-site as comprising my initial "wish-list" (The linked blog-posts provide more details.

Pedestrian issues

Pedestrian Infrastructure
An Indian Express reporter called to ask if I could write a 200 page note on pedestrian issues in the city, perhaps since I was part of the PRAJA team that had filed a PIL in this behalf in the High Court (check here, for more on that).

Multi Modal Integration : Metro, Railways, BMTC & Foot paths

Public Transport

As we have seen Ph-1 of Metro open to public without any consideration  for multimodal integration,  other end slowly suburban rail taking traction,  People are using over crowded Metro with poor integration  to change over from one mode of publci transport system to other.

Even we do not have single mobility card for Bangalore urban transport.

Double Decker Mayhem on RV rd - EC metro route

Metro Rail

Bangalore has borne the brunt of bad engineering when it comes to road works. Thousands of crores are being spent mindlessly on projects with no actual value. The flyovers projects are the worst of the implementations, there are very few bridges which have proved their worth. A recent report on that can be seen here:

Cantonment Metro Station new location as per BMRC deciison, whose interest BMRC is serving

Metro Rail

New location of Cantonment metro station wil lraise more question then to satisfy the justification :

Advantages of having Metro station infront of Cantonment station :

1.  Multi modal integration  will be missed between Railway, Suburban Rail, Metro, BMTC , Auto, taxi and  accessacibility

PH2 UG Red line routing

Metro Rail

FInally BMRCL has published the UG route with station details of the new red line coming up between Gotigere and Nagavara. THe line goes UG at Dairy circle and has 12 stations on that stretch. The details are at the link below which was published recently 

DIG (Prisons) Smt D Roopa, IPS, my latest nominee for Namma Begaluru award

Governance
Excerpts from a ToI report:
 
DG (Prisons) HN Sathyanarayana Rao - "What she is saying is not a new discovery". 
 
DIG (Prisons) Smt D Roopa - "He might say this is not a new discovery.

BMTC in Metro Times

Ever since the launch of Metro, especially after East West Purple line was fully implemented, Bengaluru is saying 'Metro, Metro'. BMTC commuters, office bus users and many car drivers have switched over to Metro.  Ridership has already touched 1.8 Lakhs on purple line.

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