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A day after 198 corporators condemned the BBMP's decision to freeze 1,970 civic works worth Rs 530 crore based on the report given by the vigilance team, the man behind the investigation tendered his registration and opted for VRS.

Mis-carriage of criminal justice

In the midst of the recent Karnataka assembly election campaigning, a member of a certain popular yahoo-group suddenly came up with a posting that Dr Ashwin Mahesh, the LokSatta candidate from Bommanahalli constituency, has a criminal record.

"revenue pockets" - pocket-boroughs of politico's?

Urban Development

Following are the excerpts from an interview (published in Citizen Matters, for the full text, click here) of the incumbent Congress MLA from BTM layout constituency, who is now seeking re-election from the same constituency:

B-PAC, the mantra for all of city's problems?


B-PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee) is all over town, the latest being for backing 14 select candidates for the May 5th Assembly elections.

A resident's assessment of Mr Ramalinga Reddy (Cong), BTM layout MLA - 09-13.


While Daksh - Citizen Matters performane analysis of the MLA is accessible here, as also an interview by the Citizen Matters reporter (accessible here), I thought I'll make my

Cattle rearing in cities

Public Health

There is, for instance, this Srinivagilu village road (which is an ideal link to the Intermediate Ring Road for Koramangala S T Bed layout residents, heading towards Indiranagar side), where, at any time of the day or night, you'll come upon herds of cattle, particularly buffaloes, moving about all over; in fact living on the public roads itself.

Active burial ground in the midst of a residential locality

Public Health

At the end of the 8th cross, 1st main, S T Bed layout, Koramangala, almost adjoining the army property beyond, is this burial ground, right in the midst of densely populated high-rise residential complexes (It is the vacant land within the 'elbow' in the road facing "Tranquility Apartments" in the map accessible

What are MLA (2013 - 18) candidates' views on the following?


Various internet web sites have details of MLA candidates like their criminal records, wealth, etc. Nobody however knows what individual candidates stand for, and what their plans are if they get elected. Voters can make better decisions if they know candidates' views on a fixed set of questions, through the following means:

Where BMTC may be going wrong


Today's ToI, has reported that "the BMTC will roll out new services on Thursday, Bus Day, reducing the number of times you change your bus while travelling" .

Is there hope for the 300 odd trees on army properties along Hosur road?

Following are the excerpts from mail exchanges in the HasiruUsiru Y-group, in the subject connection:


The questionable Food Security Bill


The food security bill will condemn India’s poor to perpetual poverty. The bill plans to distribute grain to two thirds of India’s population at a 90 per cent subsidy costing over Rs 1,00,000 crores.

Daksh - Citizen Matters - State of the the City survey


It's time for our legislators to face their constituents. Tell us what you think about your elected reps!  

Rating them would be the first step to getting accountable leaders. Click here

Interesting Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System for Amritsar

Public Transport

Punjab Infrastructure Development Board, Dept of Local Govt - Punjab, and Municipal Corpn of Amritsar are looking at this novel concept, initially over a 3.53 km stretch

Putting a stop to noisy construction activity in the night


A member posted the following query on the SaveKoramangala Y-group, in the subject connection:

Vivarea Koramangala, and the MSL juggle

Urban Development

An alleged wrong estimation of the Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL) by a private builder to construct a 17-storey building, 4.5 km from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) defence aerodrome, has been approved by HAL that handles the airport.

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