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    Home launches in Bangalore decline due to RERA

    As per Colliers International’s research, the performance of Bengaluru’s residential market post RERA, in H1 2017, the city ranked second in total residential launches in IndiaSobia Khan | ET Bureau | September 08, 2017, 15:09 IST

    BENGALURU: Residentialproperty market is Bangalore is been impacted due to implementation of real estate regulatory act. However the city is inching towards recovery.

    As per Colliers International’s research, the performance of Bengaluru’s residential market post RERA, in H1 2017, the city ranked second in total residential launches in India with about 13,400 new unit launches. The market faced a notable drop of 23% compared to H1 2016. Moreover, the strong office sector performance in Bengaluru indicated a healthy demand scenario for the residential sector in medium-to- long term.

    The Karnataka RERA received about 977 applications for registration of projects and about 273 for registration of real estate agents as of 24th August, 2017. However, the numbers of project registrations and agents in Bengaluru was mcuh lower.

    “This is an unprecedented situation for all developers across India. Demonetisation has resulted in fundamental change in most of the developer’s approach towards their businesses and when RERA came into picture, they were forced to put their house in order. To make their existing projects RERA compliant, the developers wereleft with no band-width and had to take a pause before taking any further decisions related to new projects, thus leading to decline in number of new launches in Bengaluru” says Goutam Chakraborty, Senior Director, Colliers International India.

    As per Colliers International’s research, the capital values in locations such as Central, Airport Road, Whitefield and Yelahanka recorded a 3%-6% decline in H1 2017 while off-central locations such as Jayanagar, Sadashivanagar, Bannerghatta and Koramangala witnessed a 1%-4% increase. "We expect capital values to largely remain stable in short-to-medium term owing to the present skeptical situation in market post RERA," said Chakraborty.

    In terms of residential sales, in spite of expected fall in the number of launches in upcoming quarters due to RERA implications, the mid-range segment will continue to drive sales as the festive season approaches in September and October. However,various promotions by developers and attractive payment plans amidst a soft home loan interest rates environment will drive the residential sales in the market.









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      BBMP admits to failure in auditing, axing trees

      TNN | Sep 10, 2017, 08:11 IST

      BENGALURU: Even as Bengalureans continue to bear the brunt of tree falls due to heavy showers, the BBMPadmitted on Saturday that it had not conducted the pre-monsoon tree audit which would have given the civic agency an idea about the number of weak trees and where intervention was needed.

      BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said, "Trees that fell on Friday night or earlier this season looked healthy but their roots had weakened due to urbanization. Most trees in core areas have a carriageway with drains or footpaths on one side and houses on the other side. If roots penetrate through drains or houses, they cause damage and therefore we cut the roots. If we cut these trees, people protest."
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      Between Friday night and Saturday evening, the Palike received at least 135 complaints about tree falls, while about 145 trees or branches were reported to have fallen.South Bengaluru reported the highest number of complaints (76). Most complaints of tree uprooting and vehicle damage came from JP Nagar, RV Road, Basavanagudi, Girinagar, Hanumanthanagar and Koramangala. Another 40 complaints were of waterlogging in Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli zones and HBR Layout, HRBR Layout, Ulsoor and RT Nagar.

      "Somebody had parked his car in front of my house and I was forced to park it at my neighbour's spot. As soon as I went into my home, my neighbour called to say the branch of a tree looked weak.I quickly removed my car and the branch fell seconds later," Neetu Raman, who lives off Bull Temple Road, said. Vijay Nishant, an environmentalist, said, "The BBMP did not do a tree audit. It is bluffing that the tree authority is doing its job --it's a defunct body of 12 people who don't even have expertise in tree management. When the weather department has been alerting us, why did they not set up a disaster management team that could have prevented such damage?" BBMP commissioner Man junath Prasadsaid there are serious concerns over 16 types of trees the forest and horticultural departments had said could be planted in Bengaluru.

      "We need a tree doctor who will not only evaluate which is the right kind of tree to be planted and whether it is safe in an urban area, but will also keep a tab on its health. This has to be set up by the forest department, it cannot be handled by the BBMP," he added.








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        Number of vehicles in Bengaluru more than doubles to 70 lakh in 10 years

        Christin Mathew Philip| TNN | Updated: Sep 10, 2017, 09:53 IST HIGHLIGHTS

        • The number has more than doubled in the past 10 years, with 40.18 lakh new vehicles having been added
        • If the annual growth rate of 10% remains the same, Bengaluru is likely to have 1.08 crore vehicles by 2022
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        BENGALURU: The number of vehicles registered in Bengaluru has climbed to 70.28 lakh -- 48.69 lakh two-wheelers and 13.58 lakh four-wheelers. However, the actual number could be higher since out-of-state vehicles and those registered in other Karnataka districts also ply on city roads. According to Census 2011, Bengaluru has a population of 84.43 lakh.

        Statistics released by the transport department last week shows the number has more than doubled in the past 10 years, with 40.18 lakh new vehicles having been added. Two-wheelers continue to dominate Bengaluru roads, accounting for 70% of its total vehicular population, followed by cars (19%).

        Bengaluru is home to the second highest number of vehicles in India. New Delhi tops the list with 1.01 crore vehicles. In contrast, Hyderabad accounts for 48.70 lakh vehicles (as on October 31), Chennai for 47.57 lakh (as on April 2016) and Mumbai for 30.69 lakh (as on March 2017).

        Experts say BMTC's depleting fleet of buses and high fares, poor last-mile connectivity , high parking fee at Metro stations and elusive suburban trains are pushing more and more people to opt for private vehicles. The rising number of vehicles is leading to con gestion on roads, bring ing down average speed and causing pollution levels to rise.

        Traffic expert M N Sreehari feels a reliable transport system will attract more people to public transport. "The average speed on city roads has dropped over the past few years due to the rising number of vehicles. On most stretches, the average speed is in single digits during peak hours," he said.

        Traffic police are also facing the brunt of the increase."Dealing with illegal parking is a challenge. We have to increase the towing capacity," said additional commissioner of police (traffic) R Hithendra.

        If the annual growth rate of 10% remains the same, Bengaluru is likely to have 1.08 crore vehicles by 2022.

        A senior transport department official said they don't have records of vehicles which have been abandoned or are lying unused. "Nearly 9 lakh vehicles which are over 15 years old are unlikely to be plying in the city . There is no provision to limit vehicles per family or curb new registrations," said a senior official.He said easy availability of loans and a poor public transport system are fuelling the increase in private vehicles. Officials said completion of the Metro Phase II network by 2020 will encourage more people to switch to public transport. However, BMRC is unlikely to meet the deadline, if one goes by its track record.

        TIMES VIEW

        Blaring horns, clogged roads and harried commuters -this sums up the nightmarish traffic situation in the city. At a time when streets are already crumbling under the burgeoning vehicular population, a peek into the future is scary. With the number of vehicles expected to cross the 1-crore mark by 2022, the chaos will only worsen. In the absence of a provision to curb new registrations, a robust public transport system will help tackle the problem. Building flyovers and widening streets is no good unless commuters make the transition to other modes like bus and Metro.Even initiatives like car-pooling need a strong push. It's time to act now, both at the individual and collective level.

















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          Bellandur cleaning possible only after 2020, NGT told

          TNN | Updated: Sep 9, 2017, 08:33 IST Bellandur Lake

          BENGALURU: The cleaning process, including desilting, of Bellandur Lake is possible only after 2020, the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been told by a panel constituted to chalk out a plan to rejuvenate the waterbody.

          In a report detailing the action plan submitted to the NGT on Thursday, the committee comprising various Bengaluru civic agencies said that while they have completed de-weeding, encroachment clearance and other tasks, the lake can be cleaned only when the sewage flow into the waterbody stops.

          "About 180 million litre of sewage is entering the lake every day. The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has taken steps to install sewage treatment plants (STPs) to stop waste from entering lake, and these projects will get ready by 2020. The cleaning will be taken up only after the sewage flow stops. Otherwise it would be a waste of money as the revival would cost us around Rs 500 crore. We have told the same to the tribunal," said P N Nayak, engineer-member, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), which is the custodian of the lake."

          The NGT on Friday gave permission for the Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), the impleader in the case, to file objections to the report by October 4, the next date of hearing. The state has also been given an opporutnity to file its rejoinder by the same day.

          Additional advocate general Aditya Sondhi along with additional chief secretary (urban development department) Mahendra Jain, senior officials from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and Lake Development Authority (LDA), were present at the hearing.

          The NGT is hearing the matter after it took up a suo motu case on the sad state of the water body in February. After a blaze in the water body, thick clouds of white smoke persisted for several days. Since then the tribunal has taken to task the various government agencies associated with the lake.

          Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, said, We have received the submission by the urban development department. We will go through the report, validate the claims made by the government and file our rejoinment shortly."

          NGT reappoints panel for spot inspection

          The NGT on Friday, while hearing the case pertaining to a techzone belonging to a developer accused of encroaching the wetlands of Bellandur and Agara lakes, has reappointed the high-powered committee for inspection of the project site.

          The committee was earlier appointed by the tribunal on May 7, 2015. The tribunal has asked the panel, which includes IISc profesor Dr TV Ramachandra, to conduct an inspection of the project site and submit a report to it on October 5. The NGT is hearing the matter following an application filed by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, Forward Foundation and others alleging illegalities in the execution of a large mixed-use project.

          Last month, high drama prevailed at the project site when citizen activists went for an inspection following the earlier direction by the NGT. After the project proponent denied them access, NBF filed an application for appointment of a local commissioner, which came up for hearing on Friday.











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            Need a river policy that won't change with government: Jaggi Vasudev

            Shrinivasa M| TNN | Updated: Sep 11, 2017, 08:34 IST Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

            BENGALURU: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, who is spearheading the Rally for Rivers campaign, says action now to protect and rejuvenate rivers will bring results in 1525 years and in that time many governments may come and go. What is needed is a "clear-cut, implementable" policy on rivers.

            Why did you choose Mysuruto hold a dialogue with farmers from Karnataka and TN?

            Misunderstanding and mischief by very few has escalated the issue. Tamil Nadufarmers think Karnataka farmers are drinking up all the water. Karnataka farmers think Tamil Nadu farmers are sucking it all. In two years, food production has come down by 60% in Tamil Nadu. In Karnataka, food production has come down by 37%. Both sides are facing the same problem and the solution is the same. If more water flows in the Cauvery , there will not be any problem for any one. There is a need to form a Cauvery belt farmers association to find a solution.

            Even after spending thousands of crores, we have failed to clean any of the major rivers of the country...

            Sewage water is directly released to the rivers, which is causing huge damage. Clean drinking water supplied to the general public is charged.My suggestion is that the government charge the sewage released from residential apartments, houses, industrial units, commercial establishments etc. Governments must invite private companies which are engaged in water treatment for sewage treatment. These companies should be paid through sewage charges collected. So there will not be any burden on the government... Our rivers will become clean again...

            What has the response been for Rally for Rivers since you started from Kanyakumari?


            It is phenomenal. I am using the word phenomenal because wherever I go, people are thronging in huge numbers.For example, to reach Mysuru from Puducherry , I took more than 18 hours. On any normal day, it is a five-hour journey .Villagers want to know what they can do to save the rivers.

            And what should they do?

            I want to prevent people from jumping into action immediately. First I want people to give miss call to 8000980009.We want to follow an implementable policy .

            To see genuine results, 1525 years of sustained effort is needed. Only then, we can witness an increase in the river water levels. In this period, three to five governments may come and go. We need a clear-cut, implementable policy on rivers. Our policies should not change according to the government...
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            What is the next step?

            We want at least 30 crore people with us. That makes 40% of the total electorate. Governments must stand with the policy on river protection. People must make a clear statement on policy . No democratically elected government should be in a position to ignore their demand. What is your blueprint for a river protection policy?

            We have prepared a draft policy in consultation with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University which has high ranking globally, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, and 27 experts from different fields, including experts from foreign countries. This draft will be submitted to the central government on October 2 in New Delhi and 1,000 copies of this draft policy will be shared with all seeking their feedback.There will be a three-month consultative process.











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              BBMP admits negligence led to teen’s death

              TNN | Sep 11, 2017, 00:33 IST
              Bengaluru: The BBMP, whose inefficiencies have been exposed by the monsoon, admitted on Saturday that it was the civic agency's negligence that led to the death of an 18-year-old mechanic.

              "...The engineers had taken out the drain slab at the Seshadripuram underpass on Friday as the low lying area was flooded. Water had receded, but the engineers did not place the slab immediately after. A few minutes later, Arun Kumar accidentally slipped into the drain. We will take action against the engineers," BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said.

              Arun had fallen into the drain of the Seshadripuram underpass late on Friday. His mother, K Geetha, who was still recovering from the death of her husband last year, was inconsolable on Saturday.

              "My son would be with me today had the drain been properly covered. And, despite last night's tragedy, it was only today morning that the BBMP closed the drain. My question is why was this not done before? Why do lives have to be lost for the civic body to wake up?" Geetha said. According to her, Arun was returning from Jayanagar along with his colleague when the two-wheeler they were riding broke down near the underpass. "His friend Timmarayappa alias Raju was pushing the bike while Arun was walking behind him. When the two were walking in knee-deep water, Arun's bag is learnt to have fallen off, he fell in while trying to retreive it," she added.

              Arun's uncle Vijaykumar said the boy had to discontinue his education after his father died.













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                Rains give new life to long-lost river Arkavathi

                Sridhar Vivan| Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: Sep 12, 2017, 12:11 IST The heavy rains have transformed Arkavathi’s riverbed, which had become a road for local residents

                BENGALURU: For close to two decades, Chandrashekar B, a techie, has been using the dirt road below a railway track (Bengaluru-Tumkur railway line near Tarabanahalli, off Hesaraghatta Road) to get to work. It's his favourite route because it cuts short the distance to reach Huskur road by 15 km! But in the last few days of heavy rainfall, his shortcut has been unusable. Like most roads in the city, this one too, he had assumed, was flooded. What he didn't know (like most others residents there) was that the `road' was the course of River Arkavathi - a river that once served as a major source of water for Bengaluru.

                Due to consecutive droughts and encroachment, people living nearby have almost forgotten that there used to be a river here. When Mirror visited the spot, most youngsters there had no clue that this was Arkavathi, let alone that it was a tributary of the Cauvery. Thanks to the heavy rainfall the city has been getting, the river has come alive.

                Y Lokesh, a resident of Torenagasandra (a village on the banks of Arkavathi), said, "I never knew it was a great river. I thought it was one of the regular drains that pass through this area. I was surprised to see so much water flowing through it for the last three days."

                Manjunath, who has been actively involved in the rejuvenation of Arkavathi river, said, "I was surprised to see the flow. In the last two decades, I have never seen the river in full spate. The river is flowing between Tarabanahalli and Tippagondanahalli even without the upstream Hesaraghatta reservoir filling up. This is definitely positive news."

                There's hope

                While the recent rains have definitely brought Arkavathi back to life, it may not become a perennial river again.But considering Bengaluru's conditions in the last few years of drought, this is definitely good news; especially in North and West Bengaluru, where borewells run dry even down at 1,200 feet.

                Former geologist and a river expert Y Lingaraju, said, "The most important thing is that a river can flow when there is intense rainfall.However, this is not enough as it can lead to soil erosion without recharging groundwater. And, so, in Kumudvathi(which originates in Shivagange), we have built recharge and injection wells. These wells may bring the water table up by three to four metres. So, if a similar experiment can be done at Arkavathi, it could be a big boon for the city."

                Interestingly, Arkavathi river runs parallel to Hesaraghatta Road. With increasing urbanisation, keeping encroaches off the buffer zone seems to have got harder for the government.

                The river, which comes down from the Nandi Hills, passes through a chain of lakes before pooling into the Hesaraghatta reservoir. From the reservoir, the river goes all the way to Tippagondanahalli reservoir, where it is joined by by the Kumudvathi. From here, it flows all the way to Sangam (near Kanakapura) to finally join Cauvery.





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                The Bengaluru link

                Bengaluru and the Arkavathi have a shared past. In 1891, `Bangalore' was still a dormant city with a population of just 1.8 lakh. In the absence of a dedicated water source, the then Mysore Dewan K Seshadri Iyer took up the construction of Chamarajendra Water works at Hesaraghatta (18 km from the city) across Arkavathi. The tank was designed to supply water to a population of 2.5 lakh, assuming the city's population would grow by 16 per cent per decade.

                However, by 1918, Bangalore's population had already reached 2.5 lakh and an acute shortage was felt in 1925 when Hesaraghatta lake went dry.Then, Sir M Visvesvaraya committee zeroed in on Tippagondanahalli (28 km from Bengaluru) which was commissioned in 1933.

                The first stage was designed to provide a daily supply of 27 million litres per day (MLD) of water for a population of 3 lakh. However, even this was not enough and, so, modifications were made to cater to the population of one million in 1956.

                Eventually, though, even the Chamaraja Sagar re servoir too was not enough and the government had to tap into Cauvery. It is said that the destruction of the Arkavathi came in 1980s. This was a time when Bengaluru was urbanising rapidly, which not only increased demand for drinking water, but also created a scarcity for manual labour in the peripheral areas.
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                As a result, the cost of labour went up. Added to this, the demand for firewood went up and as part of social forestry, the forest department distributed free eucalyptus seedlings to farmers. Eucalyptus is a water-intensive tree that uses up a lot of groundwater.

                But its plantation became a big hit for its low maintenance (low labour, less fencing, no grazing or irrigation).So, many farmlands soon turned to eucalyptus cultivation. The demand for firewood turned into the demand for industries as eucalyptus started to consume more areas. Good inflow

                With Arkavathi and its tributary Kumudvathi in full spate, even the Chamaraja Sagar reservoir (Tippgondanahalli) is receiving inflow. The reservoir has reached 53.10 feet as against its full capacity of 74 feet, a first in at least a decade.Similarly, the Harobele reservoir across the Arkavathi, near Kanakapura, has filled up too. The Hesaraghatta reservoir, which had completely dried up, has a few feet of water in it.














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                  Government plans private forests in protected areas; legalises land grab, say activists


                  By Meera Bhardwaj | Express News Service | Published: 12th September 2017 02:53 AM |

                  Last Updated: 12th September 2017 07:26 AM


                  BENGALURU: The Siddaramaiah government is planning to launch private forests in the state all along the protected areas from Bhimgad to Bannerghatta.For private lands (comprising trees and grassy blanks with perennial water sources) to become eligible, they should fall in demarcated areas around Protected Areas (PAs), buffer areas or eco sensitive zones with connectivity to sanctuaries and reserves.

                  In a tectonic policy shift and that too with the Assembly elections nearing, the state government has quietly prepared the draft of Karnataka Private Conservancy Rules, 2017, which it claims will reduce human-animal conflict, connect fragmented wildlife corridors and encourage eco-tourism.
                  Express has accessed the policy document which may soon see implementation. This ‘new rule’ will allow ‘change in land use’ from the present practice of agriculture and plantation crops to silvi-pasture system which means setting up of private forests. Land owners who opt to declare their lands under this rule will be allowed to carry out tourism activities.

                  This new policy envisages formation of ‘private forests’ by individuals, planters, companies, NGOs and farmers who own at least 100 hectares. Small farmers too can get together to form a consortium and avail this benefit.Forest officials, however, are divided over this issue. While some claim that this will give a fillip to tourism, others say this will open up commercialisation of areas around PAs that are restricted and banned. An official added, “As it is we are short-staffed, now who will monitor and provide protection to wildlife in private forests? Peripheral areas cannot be opened up for tourism activities after the formation of ESZ.”

                  Wildlife activists say this is a big policy change that will enable private parties to operate resorts adjacent to sanctuaries with ease. One activist added, “It will legalise grabbing of forest lands. This is nothing but encouraging private realtors to change their land pattern to ‘private forest’ and go ahead with building resorts and hotels.”G Veeresh, wildlife activist added, “Opening of new resorts in the periphery of PAs is banned. Even in buffer and eco-sensitive areas, resorts cannot be opened. Hospitality industries, resort owners, politicians and some ministers will benefit from this.” Currently, this policy is in the final stages of framing. The concept is based on the South African model where private forests have been formed to encourage wildlife hunting on a large scale.

                  GREEN LAW, RED HERRING?
                  Policy allows formation of private forests by those who own at least 100 hectares
                  It will allow change in land use from agriculture and plantation crops to private forests
                  Govt claims it will reduce human-animal conflict, encourage eco-tourism
                  But activists call it legalised land grab benefiting big players, including politicians
                  They say it will lead to opening of resorts and hotels around restricted forest areas










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                    7 reasons why Bengaluru got flooded

                    Sandeep Moudgal| TNN | Sep 12, 2017, 17:17 IST FILE: Bangalore city development minister K J George walking through a flooded road after heavy rains in at Th... Read
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                    BENGALURU: Apart from the havoc created by the rain gods, with downpour of as much as 124.5 mm in a span of four hours earlier last week, which hurt citizens in large parts of Bengaluru, city development minister K J George outlined the basic assessment of why the city was inundated.

                    * One of the worst effected areas last week was the ST Bed area in Koramangala 4th block. According to George, the storm water drain (SWD) in the area was cemented and blocked, leading water flowing back on to the streets. Efforts are being made to open it.

                    * Ironic as it may sound, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been identified as a major encroacher of the very SWD it needs to protect on JC Road. Minister K J George said a multi-storeyed BBMP building in Kumbhara Gundi Road has encroached upon a SWD in the vicinity leading to widespread waterlogging in the vicinity. George said even the HC had taken cognizance of the matter and has asked the Palike and government to do a basic evaluation of the building before demolishing it.

                    * Further, with JC Road clogging with water and traffic, the state is re-igniting the proposal to have a flyover along J C Road to ease traffic congestions and allowing smooth sailing of vehicles to avoid commuters getting stuck in rains.
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                    * One of the busiest bus stands in the city, Shanthinagar Bus stand has also encroached upon a SWD. Minister George said the government is working on a SWD design and create a diversion for the rain water to flow through unabated.

                    * In HSR layout, the closing of the SWD has stopped the rain water being released into the Madivala lake. It is said there is an on-going dispute between the forest department and the BBMP as the former has got control of the lake and is bound by a national green tribunal (NGT) order to avoid SWD water being released into the lake without treatment. * The Arakere lake on Bannerghatta road is under dispute over encroachments, with a private party having approached the high court over 8 acres of the lake bed being wrested out of the state control. As a result water from the SWD has not been released into the lake and resulting into heavy water logging on the busy Bannerghatta stretch.

                    * These apart, the government has also listed the incomplete works on the 842 kilomteres long SWD in the city, that has been pending over the last eight years. The state claims it has now released Rs 300 crore for the purpose of completing the works are allowing continuous flow of rain water, with water bodies interconnected.










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                      Fallen trees create nuisance in Bengaluru

                      Sep 13, 2017, 16:47 IST
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                      BENGALURU: The rains that wreaked havoc in Bengaluru a week back have left in their wake piles of wooden logs and debris of fallen trees creating a traffic hazard.

                      More than a hundred trees were uprooted in many areas - including Jayanagar, JP Nagar, Hanumanth Nagar, Srinagar, Basavangudi, VV Puram, Chamarajpet, Banashankari, JP Road, Shanti Nagar - last week. As heavy rains lashed the city on September 8, over 175 trees were uprooted. But, the broken branches have not been cleared yet.

                      With the trees that had fallen yet to be disposed of, wooden logs and branches are still on the roadsides, obstructing vehicle movement and giving nightmare to pedestrians.

                      In VV Puram, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) removed fallen trees on the road, but stocked woods and branches on the pedestrian path, somewhere on the roadside as well. As a result, pedestrians and motorists are facing a lot of problem. The fallen electric poles have also not been cleared.

                      "There are 21 teams in BBMP's forest department who work in two shifts in a day. Because of lack of workers, the tree clearance operation has been delayed," said a BBMP official. BBMP's forest department took contracts to clear the fallen trees on the road, but the operation was delayed, because of "more than a hundred trees". "In the beginning, we cleared fallen trees on the road. Within 2-3 days, we will clear the wood and branches on the pedestrian paths also," says N. Manjunath Prasad, BBMP commissioner.






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