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Listing points I'd like to be taken up at Egipura Ward (No148) Committee meet

Governance
Listing below points that I's like taken up at the Egipura Ward (No 148) Committee meet scheduled for 11AM on 1st Dec, '18:
 
1) Flood mitigation plan: What had been told to us is that a pipe is being laid below the road from near Sony World junction to near Kamal Bakery junction, where the water will be collected

Koramangala 4th block flood mitigation plan

Water
A few weeks back, there was an announcement of the commencement of work on the subject plan, with a pooja, presided over by the BTM layout (under which Assembly constituency, the area falls) MLA, Sri Ramalinga Reddy.
 
The announcement talked about laying of pipelines along the 80 ft road (Google terms it "Srinivagilu main road"), in the vicinit

Failed PPP's, and finally, a good model

Governance
With government-owned, and thereby incapacitated, "public utilities" (BESCOM, BMTC, BWSSB, etc in Bengaluru) unable to meet the burgeoning and varied demands of the fast-growing urban centres, the way out for managing them very clearly points to PPP's.

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.

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".

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).

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.

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.

Open spaces and parks in residential layouts to shrink!!!

The Legislative Assembly adopted the Karnataka Urban Development Authorities Bill, which among other things seeks to reduce the area reserved for parks and open spaces in residential layouts to be developed by urban development authorities.

Is this the route to "Smart Bengaluru"?

Governance

Mid last week, I received a whatsapp message, from the local community group, stating as below:

Please kind attention !!!!!!!

Garbage dumping in S T Bed layout storm water drain

Public Health

The storm water drain passing through the S T Bed layout (Koramangala) has been notorious for the stink it spreads all around, largely because it's not storm water that flows down it, but plain raw sewage.

Iniquitous levy by BWSSB on apartment complexes

Reproduced below is the summary of the presentation made by Sri P V Maiya, on the subject, at the RERA- Bengaluru meeting held on the 10th April, '16:

BWSSB: Water Tariff, Sanitary charges, Bore well charge: Some serious issues.

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