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    Ready to pay more for water?

    Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Nov 19, 2022, 06:00 IST
    The () plans to revise the annually. The water board has written to the state government to permit it to revise the fares every year.

    “With the increase in input costs, it has become quite difficult to supply water at the current tariff. Hence, we want an annual hike. Currently, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) is permitting the Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMs) to revise the tariff. So, we also want the same system of regular tariff hike,” said a senior BWSSB official.

    Sources said that the BWSSB has fixed Rs 56 as the minimum tariff. The board charges Rs 7 per 1,000 litres (up to 8,000 litres). Now, there is a proposal to hike this by 16 per cent for residential purposes. For commercial purposes, currently, the water board charges Rs 50 per thousand liters (up to 10,000 litres slab). Now, there is a proposal to hike this by 21 per cent.

    The BWSSB had earlier proposed to hike the tariff in 2019. However, the proposal was kept abeyance due to the covid outbreak and lockdowns.

    Another official said, “The was something unheard of and we didn’t want to burden the people and hence we did not revise the tariff then. However, as life has sprung back to the , we want to push for the tariff hike now.”

    BWSSB officials claim that they have not revised the tariff since 2014 and since then the input costs have gone multifold. Hence, the tariff hike was the need of the hour. “During 2013-14, we paid Rs 390 crore as an electricity bill. During 2020-21, we have paid Rs 669 crore towards the . In the last eight years, the tariff has gone up by 79.2 pc”, the official added.











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      Save one, distress another?

      ByIffath Fathima / Updated: Nov 19, 2022, 06:00 IST

      Large pits are reportedly being made to dump the garbage, locals in the area said

      While ’s landfill is finally being cleared out after years, garbage from there is now being dumped behind Hoskote Lake, according to people living in

      With the state government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) deciding to clean up the landfill at Mandur, locals are relieved on one hand, but distressed on another. The garbage is now reportedly coming to the KHB Layout behind the Hoskote lake. Large pits are allegedly being made to dump waste.

      The area comes under the Mandur panchayat, and residents in the area said that the panchayat officials were also involved in the garbage dumping.

      They said that the lake has been seeing better days since drying up a few months ago, but with continuous rains and water flowing in from the Dakshina Pinakini, the water body is back to square one. Now, with the dumping of garbage going on for a week, locals said that the lake might overflow.

      “Huge pits are being dug up and the dumping of garbage from the entire village has started near the lake. The compactors come and dump the waste in the early hours. On Thursday we saw an auto tipper coming around 12 pm to dump the garbage and stopped them from doing so. When we asked the drivers why they are dumping it, they said they do not have any other space to dump the garbage and the panchayat has ordered the same,” said Shankar Shilappa, a resident of KHB Layout.

      Shilappa added that the Mahadevapura constituency MLA initiated removal of garbage from Mandur last week, but at the same time, another dumpyard is being created within the same panchayat limits.

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      Balaji Raghotam, a lake activist, said, “Water at Hoskote Lake has just been getting better. Now, as trash starts mixing with the water, it will get bad again. The Mandur panchayat officials should prohibit this.”

      Shilappa pointed out that the vacant land behind the lake was supposed to be used as a park and residents were going to carry out plantation drives to increase the biodiversity of the lake. He said that they would complain to the Commissioner if it comes to that.

      Manjunath K, , Bangalore East, Rural Development and , said, “The dumping was carried out by a local elected representative. We have asked them to stop doing it and to close down the pit. We are shifting the waste to the segregation plant.” Clement Jaykumar, Secretary of (MTF), disclosed that there is an issue of illegal waste dumping where bulk generators collect the waste from BBMP limits, take the high value waste, and dump the low value waste in the panchayat areas.

      “This used to even happen in the wards. Now, since the marshals are carrying out strict vigil, it is not happening in the wards but has been shifted to the panchayats. Since the panchayat does not have enough resources to monitor 24x7, such problems exist.”










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        Protruding bolts give jitters to Mysuru Road flyover users

        TNN / Updated: Nov 23, 2022, 07:39 IST



        Metal bolts seen protruding from the carriageway surface of Sri Balagangadharanatha Swami flyover

        BENGALURU: After having braved pothole-riddled roads all these days, motorists now have to endure bumpy, back-breaking rides on flyovers. Metal bolts protruding from the carriageway surface of Sri Balagangadharanatha Swami flyover along Mysuru Road have become a nightmare for motorists.

        Lacking proper maintenance, the flyover's steel plate joints fastened with metallic nuts are giving away and the steel plates rattle all the time, motorists said. "On Monday, I did not notice the protruding metal bolts and rode over them. A few metres later, my bike tyre went flat. Several other motorists and car drivers faced the same problem," said Madhusoodhan AS, a techie who travels through the stretch to Koramangala.

        This is not the first time that the flyover has been in the news for such reasons. In 2019, the flyover joint began to give away with nuts jutting out at several places. Four years since, it was riddled with the same problem.

        Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) engineers said traffic cops have brought the issue to their notice and the joints will be secured in a day or two.











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          Bengaluru: BDA chief promises to deliver on Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout promise

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          It is said that BDA Commissioner G Kumar Naik gave a commitment to the Assembly Petition Committee that he would review the progress periodically on the lines of Dr. Shivaram Karanth Layout with both engineering and land acquisition sections of the BDA.


          BENGALURU: Is there hope at the end of the tunnel for those who bought residential sites and are contemplating to construct homes at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout? If you go by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Commissioner’s assurance there is hope indeed as he has assured all that the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout will be developed on par with Dr Shivaram Karanth Layout.

          It is said that BDA Commissioner G Kumar Naik gave a commitment to the Assembly Petition Committee that he would review the progress periodically on the lines of Dr. Shivaram Karanth Layout with both engineering and land acquisition sections of the BDA.

          The Assembly Petition Committee interim chairman S Suresh Kumar and its members met on Thursday to discuss two main issues: lack of infrastructure at Nadaprabhu Kempe­go­wda Layout and the inordinate delay in the proposed transfer of Bandemath Layout from the Karnataka Housing Board to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

          Kumar Naik, Engineering member HS Shantharajanna and other committee members were present. A decision was taken to complete the acquisition of 1,400 acres of land for the layout on a priority basis.

          It was also decided to have an exclusive board meeting to clear all pending approvals for the developmental works at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout.

          It is said the BDA commissioner assured the panel that he would review progress of land acquisition and infrastructure works at the layout. It also said that the BDA Commissioner assured that he would submit the report to the Assembly Petitions Committee on the progress of land acquisition and infrastructure works one in 15 days.

          Assembly Petitions Committee interim chairman S Suresh Kumar told BM that the BDA Commissioner is convinced that there has been an inordinate delay in ensuring basic amenities and infrastructure in place at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout. “The BDA Commissioner has assured us that he would submit the report once in 15 days to the committee,’’ said Suresh Kumar.

          Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout Open Forum spokesperson Surya Kiran said he is positive about the commitment given by the BDA Commissioner. “The BDA Commissioner has promised to review the progress of developmental works on a weekly basis. I am hopeful the BDA will take up developmental works and complete the land acquisition,’’ said Surya Kiran.

          Santosh Patil, who bought a site at the layout six years ago, demanded that the BDA complete the work. Varun GP, who bought a site at the layout in a public auction, urged the BDA to complete land acquisition.
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            A slightly smoother commute, in Panathur


            Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Nov 20, 2022, 06:00 IST

            Workers reduce height of the barricade to prevent entry of heavy vehicles
            By Melvin Mathew

            In a temporary relief to the many commuters using the (RUB), traffic cops altered the height barrier of the barricade to prevent the entry of heavy vehicles and ease congestion. The RUB had become infamous for its two-three-hour-long bottlenecks. Recently, several schoolchildren were unable to go through the stretch due to prolonged traffic jams on that stretch.

            Due to the issue, children were unable to attend school. Children protested against the issue by holding a silent candlelight protest which garnered a lot of attention. On Friday, the traffic officials reduced the existing height barrier by 2 feet to prevent the entry of heavy vehicles and ease congestion. The HAL Airport traffic officials tweeted from their official handle regarding the implementation of the measure.

            “It will help to effectively allow vehicles to pass. We hope current problems faced by commuters on this road will get some relief by preventing the entry of tankers and big vehicles,” said the tweet.

            Clement of Mahadevapura Task Force (MTF), said, “It’s a small intervention to restrict heavy vehicles from entering Panathur railway vent and S-cross.

            Earlier, there was a height-limiting barrier and now the height has been reduced further. We had asked for the height barrier to be reduced in a way so that heavy vehicle entry is prevented and school buses can pass through. The measure was discussed in the review meeting and implemented under the directions of MLA .”

            Residents using the stretch expressed joy at the minor intervention in decongesting the stretch.

            “The height barrier has been reduced to 10 feet now. Currently, the barrier has been placed at the Panathur S-cross side and needs to be put at the side as well. This should allow traffic officials from deterring heavy vehicles like tankers from using the road. The RUB and S-cross are very narrow and will decongest the area. Previously, big construction vehicles used to pass the stretch and block the area. We assume that the now heavy vehicles will take a different route and changes should be visible in two-three days,” said of Balagere Connect.









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              Rejuvenation of Bellandur, Varthur Lakes nowhere near completion

              ByY Maheswara Reddy / Updated: Nov 21, 2022, 06:00 IST

              Heaps of waste dumped in Bellandur lake had blocked one of its outlets, causing flooding just months ago

              Deadlines come and go, but encroachment, under-utilisation of STPs continue at both lakes

              Rejuvenation of and began with much fanfare around 20 months ago but the work is progressing at a snail’s pace and there is no guarantee that the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) will complete the rejuvenation work in the near future though even the revised deadline has come and gone.

              The BDA is the custodian of the Bellandur and Lakes and it was supposed to complete the rejuvenation work by May 2022. National Green Tribunal (NGT) Committee members, Bellandur and Varthur Lake Rejuvenation Initiative have expressed disappointment and displeasure over the slow progress of rejuvenation of the water bodies.

              The committee members made the following observations such as under utilisation of sewage treatment plants (STPs) and all the sewage being let into storm water drains. The other observation is that there is no improvement in water quality although the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) had submitted before the court to stop and treat sewage in the KC valley by March 31, 2021.

              The committee members also observed that there is no action on illegal pipeline bisecting the lake by the Minor Irrigation Department and garbage being dumped around storm water drains upstream of Bellandur and Varthur lakes. They have also noticed encroachments on storm water drains and lake peripherals including buffer zone violations continue unabated
              . It gave instructions to the BDA to expedite the desilting of water bodies as it is progressing at a snail’s pace.

              Prof. TV of Bellandur and Varthur Lake Rejuvenation Initiative told Bangalore Mirror that no progress has been made on eviction of illegal slums inside the lake bed and buffer zones.

              “I am of the opinion that the authorities concerned are not taking measures to vacate the stay order against eviction of people residing at Ambedkar Slum that came up on the buffer zone of Bellandur Lake. During the visit, I found some illegal structures on the buffer zone and reducing the width of storm water drains,’’ Prof. Ramachandra said, adding that he was not happy with the progress of rejuvenation work.

              Coming down heavily on the negligence of BDA and other government departments, Jagadeesh Reddy of Varthur Rising said that the authorities concerned are not following the guidelines and directions from the National Green Tribunal, High Court and Supreme Court. “I am of the opinion that court orders do not apply here. The civic authorities did not honour even a single obligation. No concrete measures are taken to implement NGT Committee recommendations since 2019 by the authorities concerned,’’ said Reddy.

              Meanwhile, of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said the authorities concerned should ensure all facilities at the flats given to Ambedkar Nagar slum. “The authorities must clear all encroachments on the buffer zone around Bellandur Lake. I came to know that there are no basic amenities at the flats allotted to the residents of Amedkar Nagar slum. Let the authorities provide all amenities at the allotted flats before evicting them from their homes,’’ said Mruthyunjaya.

              Meanwhile, of Whitefield Rising said the effectiveness of BWSSB sewage treatment plants (STPs) is nowhere near where it needs to be and all sewage is not reaching the STPs, leading to underutilisation of the STPs’ capacity.

              The authorities did not honour even a single obligation. No concrete measures are taken since 2019 to implement NGT committee’srecommendations

              –Jagadeesh Reddy, Varthur Rising

              “The groundwater in Kolar/Chikkaballapur district apparently has extremely high levels of ecoli due to the STP output from BWSSB K&C STPs being nowhere near where it needs to be in terms of water quality,’’ said Elangovan.

              He said that buffer zone violations should be reversed and encroachments should be removed. He said that non removal of pipes in the lakebed and across the storm water drain, laid by minor irrigation is hindering water flow.

              “There is a need to evict slums encroaching lake bed/buffer zone. Of 51 cameras, only five on Bellandur-Yemalur Road are working. Of 194 street lights, only 80 are working. Bellandur, Sunlight, ST bed area in complete darkness. It makes patrolling difficult. The Watch Tower is still not ready even after three years,’’ he said.










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                BSK residents hold midnight protest over waste stench

                Niranjan Kaggere / TNN / Updated: Nov 26, 2022, 07:23 IST



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                BENGALURU: Unable to bear the nauseating smell emanating from a BBMP waste-processing plant at Banashankari VI Stage, near Turahalli forest, residents launched a protest on Friday night, demanding that cooperation minister and area MLA ST Somashekar visit the locality, get a first-hand feel of the state of affairs and initiate measures to save them from the stench.

                Hundreds of residents, including women and children, sat in protest in front of the plant at Lingadheeranahalli, shouting slogans against BBMP officials and declaring that their protest will continue till Somashekar visits the area.

                TS Mahesha, president of the resident welfare association, said the situation turned worse on Friday afternoon. "As processing of waste began, foul smell engulfed the area, forcing residents to come out of their houses. For several years, we have been demanding the government shut the plant, located in the middle of a BDA-formed locality. Yet, there has been no response. The situation is worsening with every passing day and all residents decided to protest overnight until minister Somashekar visits the plant," he explained.

                This is the second time in less than 10 months that residents are staging midnight protests, demanding closure of the plant. "Previously, the minister promised to get a team of urban development department officials to assess the plant and submit a status report. But until this day, neither the minister nor any officials have visited the plant. Despite NGT directions, both the KSPCB and BBMP have failed to mark a buffer zone around it. Recently we caught a plant official red-handed throwing untreated leachate into the stormwater drain," Mahesha maintained.

                The residents reportedly called up Somashekhar's office, urging him to visit the locality immediately and understand their plight. However, the minister's office said he will visit the area on Saturday morning. Angered by the response, the residents decided to sit on a dharna.

                The waste plant is surrounded on three sides by the BDA-developed Banashankari VI Stage residential layout and a reserve forest on the other side.











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                  Bengaluru sinking in potholes

                  Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Nov 21, 2022, 06:00 IST

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                  By Saumyangi Yadav

                  Citizens point to major pothole-ridden areas as latest deadline passes; just 1-2% filling left, claims BBMP chief


                  Another deadline set by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for filling potholes in the city has passed. Meanwhile, citizens pointed out how several areas with potholes have still not been touched by the civic agency.

                  Last month, BBMP chief commissioner had said that all the potholes would be filled by November 5. The deadline was later pushed to November 15 by the BBMP.

                  However, still many roads in the city are filled with potholes.

                  “BBMP has again neglected the inner areas of Bengaluru in its pothole-filling drive. It is a shame that after so many promises and deadlines, people are still suffering. I live 2-3 km away from the Sarakki Lake; the area still has many potholes, waiting to cause a severe accident. In other areas, the potholes have been filled by stone jelly but haven’t been smoothened,” , a resident of , told BM.

                  Citizens BM spoke to said that some areas in the city have multiple potholes in just a small stretch of road. This makes driving through these roads extremely inconvenient for commuters — even after several complaints, no action has been taken by the BBMP, they said.

                  “Around , there are more than 50 potholes that have been neglected. Even if you go to prime locations in the city such as Koramangala or Indiranagar, one can spot several potholes. In places where the BBMP has taken up repairs, the work has been done in such a shoddy manner that the situation might become worse after a few downpours,” said , another resident.

                  “The authorities do not care about how many accidents occur daily because of these potholes. Unless you are a regular driver, it is almost impossible to manoeuvre some of the roads in the city. Even after so many deadlines and work being taken up on priority, the roads still seem to be in the same condition,” he added.

                  On the other hand, the BBMP claimed the majority of the potholes in the city have been filled except just 1-2%. Chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath told Bangalore Mirror that close to 98% of the surveyed potholes have been covered by the civic agency.

                  “The remaining 1-2% will also be filled soon. We are waiting for the certification. We are surveying and will get the data soon; the majority of the potholes have been covered,” he said.

                  “Some roads do not fall under BBMP’s jurisdiction; for example, the road near Soudha is under the , but pressure is on the BBMP. A few roads might be under or BDA. We are ensuring that everything under our jurisdiction has been covered,” he added.










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                    Craters galore on roads around Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike headquarter

                    TNN / Updated: Nov 29, 2022, 06:58 IST



                    Palike officials have claimed that of the 31,270 potholes identified in Bengaluru, only 2,000 need to be fixed
                    By: Pavan Kumar Pateel


                    BENGALURU: Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials never tire of declaring from the rooftops the number of potholes they have fixed. But roads around their headquarters at NR Square itself present a sorry picture, thanks to shoddy patchwork.

                    Devanga Hostel Road, which lies next to the civic headquarters and links northern Bengaluru localities to southeastern areas, is riddled with uneven patches that were laid to fill potholes and newly formed craters.

                    This road originates near the BBMP office entrance and leads to Subbaiah Circle, where three other major roads meet - Kalinga Road, Mission Road, Lalbagh Road - and which are also dotted with patches as well as potholes.

                    Neither the junction nor the roads leading to it have been asphalted for some years now. The patches of asphalt laid on the roads render rides bumpy and back-breaking. "I think the areas surrounding the BBMP headquarters have the city's most neglected roads. When BBMP has failed to maintain roads around its office, what can we expect it to do to improve roads elsewhere?" asked Vinay, a resident of Sampangiram Nagar.

                    "The poor condition of Devanga Hostel Road has reduced traffic to a crawl. Only 50-60 vehicles can pass by Subbaiah Circle during a green-signal window. We have asked the engineering section of BBMP to ensure the road surface is smooth and to fill the potholes in a scientific manner. But there has been no improvement in the situation," a jurisdictional traffic cop said.
                    BBMP waits for sunshine

                    BS Prahalad, chief engineer (road and infrastructure), BBMP, said: "Due to rain, roadworks have been delayed in the city. We have filled nearly 93% of the potholes. We are hoping for some sunshine to resume work. After filling up the potholes, we will lay new roads and sort out the road problems in the city."

                    Palike officials have claimed that of the 31,270 potholes identified in Bengaluru, only 2,000 need to be fixed.










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                      What’s eating footpaths at Kasavanahalli road?

                      Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Nov 21, 2022, 06:00 IST

                      Residents are worried that as the roads are being widened, there is a chance that footpaths will be further narrowed down and there won’t be any space for the pedestrians
                      By Melvin Mathew

                      Citizens wonder if road widening will squeeze the already encroached further


                      With Comprehensive Road Development work happening on Main Road, residents allege that footpaths are being reduced to compensate for land not acquired. Bruhat (BBMP) promises to retain equal priority to the footpath and carriageway. Residents worry that with the roads being widened, footpaths will get compensated. Previously, Bangalore Mirror had reported about commercial shops coming up on roadsides. Road work has been started without removing these constructions which has left the residents worried.

                      “The Kasavanahalli main road has to widen as per CDP compliance. Certain sections of the road had wide footpaths up to 4 to 6 feet. These footpaths are being reduced to 3 feet to accommodate drains and wide roads. In addition, some drains have been diverted. Even if they widen areas where they fail to acquire land it will turn into choke points,” said , a resident of the area.

                      He added that apart from road asphalting, BBMP had not taken up any work in this area for a few years. “We will write a petition to the MLA for proper implementation of the road work” he said.

                      Another resident, Hemakumar, said, “About 1.5 years ago, was conducted and some 100 metres of drains were constructed. Now that they have restarted the work, officials have made markings on buildings for land acquisition.”

                      According to him, it’s not clear whether notices have been issued or not. It’s evident that the footpath width has been reduced for road widening. To construct shops, drains were diverted. There’s no change in these kinds of constructions in the area.

                      The road widening has started. We are doing the work in areas where land is available. We are facing some issues with land acquisition

                      – BBMP official

                      “We tried bringing this up in ward committee meetings but concerned were not present,” he said. With other encroachments on the footpath and reduction of its width, pedestrians fear a future when senior citizens and children will be forced to use roads for walking.

                      However, a senior BBMP official told Bangalore Mirror that officials have assured that equal priority will be given to footpaths as well as to the carriageway.

                      “The road widening process has started. We are doing the work in areas where land is available. We are facing some issues with land acquisition. But as a temporary measure to maintain an equal carriageway, the remaining portion is being assigned for footpaths,” he said.









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