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Steel?? Concrete is way better!

Infrastructure

There is lot of talk about the steel bridge coming at a very high inflated cost on Hebbal road..there are various options to consider before getting to building a bridge like mass PT options like a BRT or LRT/Metro or Suburban rail..

Bengaluru lake systems and demolitions

Urban Development

Finally we need a crisis of sorts to get the govt machinery started and the CM talking tough about illegal encroachments onto lake areas. Everyone has abused the lakes systems in the worst possible way. So course corrections are necessary and a must!

SOme right vibes coming out from the opposition too, where BJP has asked to go behind the big players too, citing as below:

Begur - neglected history of Bengaluru!

So how did the Bangalore name come about? There are various interesting stories floating around..

No Trees for city streets??

Ranganath Swamy, Assistant Conservator of Forests, BBMP Forest Cell, said the existing roads were being constantly used and re-used for infrastructure projects, making trees vulnerable in the city. As a result, saplings can be planted only in “closed spaces” like educational institutions, fenced government premises and clubs. 

BBMP road history - site working

BBMP seems to have made a  silent move after the initial hype about the road history being available of all roads in Bangalore which was announced few months ago..a google search leads to the below site which gives the information:

http://218.248.45.164:808...

Use IE to open it (needs silverlight), chrome needs some tweaks to make it work.

PCU for Bangalore? two wheelers?

Its become a norm that traffic is being measured as PCU (passenger car units) on the city streets. However Bangalore stands first in the highest proliferation of two wheelers in the whole country.

This is primarily attributed to the weather which makes it easy to ride a  scooter or a bike almost all through the year.

FAIL - motorcycles as last mile solution for metro

Metro Rail

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?

Infrastructure

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!)

Metro Rail

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

Public Transport

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..

Environment

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/-

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