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6 new elevated roads from BDA


Few folks spotted a tender from BDA calling for pre-qualification of contractors for 6 elevated roads in the city.

2011 census - Karnataka population data


Vinay mailed these over, provisional data on Karnataka from 2011 Census. Thought it would be worth sharing at this data hungry portal.

Somethings that caught my eye

  • Population density of Bangalore district, 2001: 2985, NOW? 4378

Any correlation here?

Bangalore too high on road air pollution?


Delhi and Ahmedabad have already done it. Chandigarh too I beleive. But going purely by observations (can't find any published information from RTO), 40-50% of autorickshaws still seemed to be on petrol.

Bellandur Lake Bed - Land fill activity in full swing!?


Massive land fill operation seems to be on in the Bellandur Lake bed area. Marking the exact location on the map below.

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Hat mounted camera - gadget for Traffic Police


Bangalore Traffic Police loves technology, and for good reason, because tech helps them 1) reduce corruption and 2) get more enforcement done from their small troop of 2000 cops. Here is another tech solution for them to take their camera based enforcement to the extreme.

Cops 'looked the other way' - cricket the reason


Quoting from Page #2, DNA, this morning, Mr Shankar Bidari, and Mr Sood like to play the generous cop. Looks like it was okay to do certain things on Wednesday night for cricketing reasons. No comments, but wanted to check if anyone else has reactions to these statements of generosity.

DNA reporter seems to have liked it.

Anti-corruption law for states, IAC proposal, formatted version


Follow up to the previous post (with proposed Jan Lokpal bill), here is formatted version of Jan Lokayukta Bill that IAC is proposing to all states of India. For ease of side by side comparison, also uploaded is the current Lokayukta Act of Karnataka (from year 1984, with amendmenets, last one done in 2000).

Jan Lokpal Bill from IAC, and Govt Lokpal bill, latest versions


[Update, Aug 20: Took out reference to the reformatted 1.8 version, embedded latest (version 2.3) Jan Lokpall Bill draft, and the one that was introduced in Lok Sabha]

'no longer need to grease palms' - Bihar leads while Karnataka waits


As per this DNA report today, Bihar state has notified Right to Services (RSA) Act, and just look at what it promises to do

City station visit - report

Praja related

Though it was a bit disappointing to see no-show / last minute drop-out from at least 5 guys, we enjoyed strolling around an almost empty city station on Sunday morning. Sanjeev (our resident Railways expert), Sathya, Srivatsava, Murali sir, dvsquare and myself walked end to end. Took some pics as well, here are some:

Bus Day at Mysore - got ideas for KSRTC?

BusPublic Transport

KSRTC is all set to start Bus Days in Mysore, they will announce firm dates and plans real soon. Their sister concern BMTC are passing all logistics related learnings from Bangalore Bus Days, and KSRTC is keen to take in input from all who care about public transport in Mysore.

Mysore fleecing tourists? What's the thought behind steep hikes?


If the reports are to be believed, entry and usage fees at some popular tourist spots in and around Mysore have been increase. The hikes seem STEEP. Sample these (source: Business Standard, Feb 22):

BMRDA approved sites for sale, seriously


Hello to everyone from silkboard builders private limited. We have 60x40 sites for sale in a luxurious layout near Devanahalli. It is a BMRDA approved project, approval number is BIAAPA/TP/LAO/84/2008-9.

'Metro is ruining the aesthetics of the city'

Public Transport

That is the quote Bangalore Mirror found best to use as the headline for an interview with Charles Correa.

So BBMP, when to demolish the Windsor Manor bridge?


Leave aside cutting down five hundred trees for a moment. Lets get into engineering and traffic planning specifics. What BBMP is trying to do is widen this of stretch Bellary Road. There is some justification, stretch from Mekhari circle to Windsor Manor is a bit narrow to manage four lanes of traffic. The Cauvery junction Magic Box is tight on space.

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