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FAIL - motorcycles as last mile solution for metro

First of all, the lack of integration of BMRCL with other modes of PT like BMTC is the biggest impediment for metro's usefulness and profitability..however nothing much can be done there now..

TenderSURE - why secretive?

Yes, its beyond doubt that TenderSURE is one of the best things to happen to Bengaluru..howver what is disconcerting is the veil of secrecy or the lack of information around it..the JUSP site mentions the following:

Cheaper flyovers because of AAP?

Kejriwal said, “This project was sanctioned Rs 250 crores. But we have completed in Rs 150 crore. We have saved Rs 100 crore. And the work is done only within 9 months of coming to power.

Metro and TenderSURE

It was in news recently that the road laid by BMRCL around cubbon road after it opened is not of good quality and BBMP was planning to discuss the same with BMRC. This is being done because it is stipulated that relaying roads worked on by metro is to be done by BMRCL itself..

Metro and Interchanges(lack of it!)

BMRCL has already made a mess of commuting in terms of integration with other transport modes especially BMTC. Lately they are also messing up their own interchanges with different phases of metro!

About PH II:

Blr - Chennai new infra. connection

Gadkari is back with his mega projects and this time announcing concrete expressways accross India. One of them is to connect Bangalore to Chennai and bring down the travel distance from the current more than 300 Kms to 262 Kms and make it reachable in 3 hours time..land acqusition has already begun on the 70 Km stretch within Karnataka..

Rampant tree cutting..

Bangalore loosing its green cover is a constant complaint we all have but most of us have done nothing much about it..however there are some audacious move by agencies who want to keep the 'view' for their expensive billboards unhindered. They go about cutting trees planted on the street in front of the billboards, which tend to block the view if left to grow.

Service tax at restaurants

Tax rules have changed recently and that affects hotel bills. Please be aware of what you are paying after a meal, when the place is airconditioned...why just airconditioned? beats me!

From 1st june onwards the service tax is 5.6% of the total bill amount .

VAT is 14.5 % of the food bill in Karnataka..guess no other state charges so much!

So if your bill is 1000/-

Solution in STP's around Bellanduru?

As a common trend these days, any alarming occurance in the city is responded with some knee jerk reactions. It can be traffic issues or frothy waterways which CATCH FIRE!

Whitefield and Namma Metro

Its been the bane of the slum that Bangalore has become that we do not have any credible mass public transport options in the city even after many years and many thousands of crores!

Its almost 10 years that the metro dream started in Bangalore and only parts of it is reality today. That reality is also far from ideal!

Slums Upcycle?

There are umteen number of slums in Bangalore which were and are being populated for 'vote banks' for the local politicians. So the way they went about it was:

Land Acquisition bill - reality check

There are big discussions on blocking the land ordinance bill..ppl who were for it are going against it etc..here is what BJP is saying about it now

Lakes in state will now be saved?!

Amidst the euphoria around the victory of AAP in Delhi, there was another major happening closer to home..LDA which was called toothless all this while when it came to preventing encroachments was empowered with statutory powers!

Trucks at Whitefield - a solution?

Lot of happenings in Whitefield over the weekend where the local population protested against the the truck traffic which has been a cause of severe concern these days.

Namma Metro and its ills!

"There is no effort from the government to crack the whip on BMRC, whose bosses haven't made any extra efforts to chase contractors and get work done. For the contractors, Metro work is a learning process.

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