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Relevance of KAOA under RERA

Urban Development

Typical case of KOFA/ KAOA compliance

CM's Rajakaluve upgrade plans - ambitious?

CM Yediyurappa in his Independence day speech introduced a plan to spruce up the Rajakaluves in the city and convert them to public spaces. Sounds grand and ambitious. However as they say the devil is in the details. One of the sources mentioned this to the press:

Emotional intelligence, Chanakya Niti and Road Safey - Webinar

Traffic
What has Chanakya Niti to do with Road Safety? Last week I had the pleasure of doing a webinar on emotional intelligence, Chanakya Niti and road safety for over 200 staff from the RTO and allied professions. 

applicability of 50% reservation limit

Governance
The Supreme Court order last week which quashed a January 2000 order of the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh providing 100% reservation to Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates for the post of teachers in schools in the scheduled areas of the state is a reaffirmation of the 50% ceiling principle laid down by the court for reservations.

Metro OR Suburban train to KIA?

Commuter Rail

So its that time of the year again, expectations from the budget abt announcements on suburban rail and no doubt madam FM did say few words on the issue but also left a lot for speculation. And then the news items abt the train link to the trumpet interchange near KIA that has started some invigorated discussions on social media.

Update on Koramangala projects

Infrastructure
With the Ward Committee's largely dysfunctional (check here), I am appending below my version (gathered from exchanges on various WhatsApp groups, and hearsay - if anyone has more authentic info, they are most welcome to correct me) of a

Metro, not NimBus (BPS) , needed for ORR

The govt along with various organizations like DULT is gearing up for the launch of  NimBus or the Bus Priority System(BPS) planned on the ORR. This, on the outset, seems a sane decision, probably a little late in coming though.. This is because the weird designs of flyovers, with separated elevated sections, btw Silkboard and KR puram ,were done originally to accommodate a BRT system.

Bengaluru Suburban Rail Still pending - Open Letter to Bengaluru City MPs!

Commuter Rail

To: All the MPs from Bengaluru City and surroundings,

Extortion racket by faking accidents

The following was posted by a resident on our apartment complex WhatsApp group:
 
Thought I should share an incident that happened today as I was going to work (around 9 AM, Monday, 26th Aug, '19); and some thoughts.

BBMP seeks public help to fix plan violations

Urban Development

It seems straight out of the STASI manual from earstwhile East Germany, where folks within families were known to spy on each other. But however weird it seems, BBMP plan to get public/neighbours to check on by-law violations might just as well work.

An outline for a most equitable public bus transport model

Bus
There had been estimates from long that the city needed far more buses than the BMTC was operating, and it was also known that the need was being partially met by the private operators. But, nobody knew that between the private operators and the schools, there were over 6 times the numbers operated by BMTC.

Open letter to BTM layout MLA from BAF-BTM cluster

Governance
To 
 
Honorable Sri Ramalinga Reddy,
MLA, BTM layout, 
Bengaluru
 
Respected Sir
 
Sub: poor livability conditions in S T Bed layout, and even in the whole of Koramangala
 
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Bengaluru footpath issues/solution

Pedestrian Infrastructure

Bangalore footpaths are unusable at many places and the result is that pedestrians are forced onto the roads where they run a risk of getting hit by vehicular traffic. Many interesting videos are done to show this problem. A recent one by Malleshwaram Socail  is here below:

Fear and Tender S.U.R.E

Infrastructure

First would like to start with saying that Tender SURE was indeed a ground breaking effort, literally too, in many ways. Uniform Carriage way and few other principles which are new and commendable.

Bellandur - Varthur wetland encroachments

Lakes

The saga of encroachments and land grabbing on Bellandur lake is very painful to say the least. Its a prime example of how a historical waterbody has been turned to waste just because of human greed.

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