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Concerns over lack of transparency in SCHBS, Koramangala, Developments

Urban Development

Following is the text of a letter sent to the BDA, jointly by the office bearers of affected RWA's, in March this year, because of the Shantinagar House Building Co-op Society developments taking place, over the 65 acre area in the vicinity of the Nirgun Mandir, in Koramangala (check

Traffic Improvement Action Plan for 2012-13


A "Traffic Improvement Action Plan for 2012-13" was mailed to the Traffic Advisory Committee (sometimes referred to as 'Citizen's Traffic Forum') members, by the office of the Addl Commissioner, Traffic, a day before the meeting held on the 1st Sept. The ppt presentation may be accessed here.

Fiddling with Section 14 (A) of the KTCP Act

Urban Development

The state government, which is bringing in amendments to Section 14 (A) of the KTCP Act, will make the change of land use a money spinner for the BJP in the election year.

Is Mary Kom prepared for a crash course in Kannada?

Karnataka sports minister Appachu Ranjan said the government would welcome Mary to the city. For the full report in the ToI, click here

Where do we compare with Stockholm?

Urban Development

The city of Stockholm asked an Advertising agency to develop a presentation about the city and its attractiveness to business and entrepreneurs! Click on the link below to see the result. Turn sound up!

Mumbai sky-walks

Pedestrian Infrastructure

Model Citizen Consultation Process


Below are the extracts from a brochure circulated by Ipsos MORI, a leading UK research company, on behalf of the National Health Scheme of North West London, seeking the citizen's views on the proposed service changes.


speak out against Talibanisation

Jnanpith laureate U R Ananthamurthy says we must speak out against any attempt to Talibanize India. That is a responsibility we must not fear to wield.

For the full report in the ToI. click here.

Traffic Police owns up responsibility for enforcing Number Plate rules


With the traffic police looking at enforcement of Sec 49 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 (under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988), pertaining to 'defective number plates' (the biggest issue here of course pertaining to the Kannada number plates - very few people want to identify it as such, since it is supposed to be a 'sensitive'

GoK to implement report on land grabbing

The Jagadish Shettar government is considering a proposal to revive the AT Ramaswamy committee report on encroachment of government land in Bangalore. The committee had unearthed over 40,000 acres of land worth Rs 50,000 crore encroached in and around Bangalore.

Time for deeper judicial reforms - Dr J P

Text of the letter addressed by Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, Gen Sec, Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR), to Dr Manmohan Singh.

Esteemed Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji,

Scrap the BDA!

Urban Development

Apparently, Dr Ashwin Mahesh had posted an article titled "Scrap the BDA" on 'facebook', which a certain Mr Vishy Kuruganti chose to publish on his blog 'techsangam' (accessible here).

Undermining the Commissioner's authority


It seems like there is no value for the BBMP Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda’s orders. Eight of the 15 officials, who were transferred by him from the civic body’s Town Planning Department to other departments 10 days ago, are back in the same department using ‘political influence’.

Right to sack a recalcitrant worker

The brutal attacks on senior managers of Maruti-Suzuki's Manesar unit, leaving one of them dead and several others seriously injured, has again brought to the fore the matter of labour law reforms.

Can Sheila Dikshit make a success of water supply outsourcing?

Spurred by the success of power distribution privatisation in Delhi (check this), the Sheila Dikshit government is looking seriously at privatisation of water distribution also.

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