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LWA demands authorities to drop parking project


LWA (Lalbagh Walkers Association) has demanded authorities to drop their project on constructing a Parking Zone inside the Park, LWA (Lalbagh Walkers Association) have started Signature Campaign to secure one of the biggest Lung space of Namma Bengaluru.

Authorities have proposed parking lot, which is to be built on 5 acres land at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, (South Gate) is an way to make free vehicular movement for Biannual Flower Show visitors.
LWA demands Authorities to drop parking project

LWA (Lalbagh Walkers Association) staged protest & demonstrated at Information Centre in Lalbagh on this Wednesday early morning, they condemned the move of authorities to reduce the gardens place. As the horticulture dept. decision would not only affect the rare species of garden, but will also increase the sound pollution. Adding to this situation this will also benefit many commercial establishments vested interests.

Mr.M K Shankarlinge Gowda (Principal Secretary, Horticultural Dept.) has justified the act of parking lot project was meant to ease the traffic situation of Lalbagh Garden visitors, when still report of committee is awaited.

Due to Metro work already a portion of the garden is lost, hence there cannot be an more projects to be allowed & further acquisition of the garden land for any other commercial purpose should not be allowed.

Instead Government could have taken necessary steps to increase numerous native & exotic flora by the way of adaptation & reproduction of plants to future extension of green cover inside the garden. But they are working on reducing the lung space with vested interests, as admitted for the parking space which is already available at the Shanthinagar Bust Stop, Hopcoms & Double Road Entrance to accommodate five hundred vehicles.

Mr.Sadashiva Reddy, President of LWA, told media that eight members have already signed the documents for their campaign and would grow in coming days.

Source: DH News Service

Tags: Lalbagh Garden, Lung space, Hopcoms, double road, shantinagar, horticulture

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New York Times, quotes city’s garbage disposal system


BBMP’s ineffective, unscientific waste management has been laid bare by “The New York Times” in a strikingly incisive report titled “India’s plagued, trash, and drowns its Garden City during the workers strike.”
Stung by this global attention of the stinker kind, the civic agencies are reckless and clueless looking for a way out for the mounting garbage piles. 

The Mayor, D Venkatesh Murthy, chose to compare Bangalore with New York. The issue of waste disposal is everywhere, affecting every city, he quipped, but was quick to assert the BBMP’s resolve to rid the City of the garbage crisis through citizens' participation, which means to say that segregation of waste at source like dry, wet & chemicals. He meant the faltering segregation-at-source initiative. 

Palike Commissioner Rajneesh Goel, widely quoted in the NYT report, tried to downplay the report as routine. “It is true that for the last eight years we have been running the landfill at Mandur in an unscientific way, which they have highlighted. I also spoke about some of our initiatives to dispose of waste in a scientific way, including segregation of waste at source, but they haven’t focussed much on our measures for future,” said Goel.

The global publicising of Bangalore’s garbage menace had Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar reacting, too. On Monday, he claimed the government was doing everything in its capacity to tackle the menace at the earliest. But he was clear the report wouldn’t tarnish Bangalore’s image. 

“Whatever happens in Bangalore becomes international news. That does not mean that this problem has brought disrepute to the City,” he noted. He critiqued the report for not stressing on the government’s remedial measures. 

Published on October 26, the comprehensive NYT report had this telling line: “Bangalore, the capital of India’s modern economy and home to many of its high-tech workers, is drowning in its own waste.” For proof, its correspondent had wandered deep into Mandur, the epicentre of the villagers’ protest against the landfill, and traced the stink right from the unscientific collection, management and disposal of the garbage piles. 

“Some neighbourhoods have not had trash pickups for nearly three weeks, and vast mounds of garbage are scattered through what is known in India as the Garden City,” the report read, a line too familiar to Bangaloreans.

To drive home the point, the report had Amiya Kumar Sahu, president of the National Solid Waste Association of India, asserting:
“Bangalore used to be India’s cleanest city but now, it is the filthiest.”
For “The New York Times”, the transformation was the dark side of the country’s rapid economic growth. 

“Greater wealth has spawned more garbage, and the managers of the country’s pell-mell development have been unable to handle the load.”

Source: DH, News.

Tags: Garbage, Bangalore, BBMP, Mandur, Garbage Fill

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Old Autos off City streets




Transport Minister R. Ashok said the in an effort to control pollution, the Ministry of Transport has decided to bring out a new plan where owners who sell autos which is registered before 2000 will get an amount of Rs.15000 from the government as an award.

Most of the customers who regularly use this service have told us that green autos are far better due to strong demand to have written. We measure the long-alleged violation, air and noise pollution, auto drivers refuse to take passengers to their destination is mentioned, he said the department had set aside Rs 22 lakh for this purpose. Ashoka also said that to apply for green autos is just need to pay only Rs.500 as opposed to Rs.30,000 as per the present system.

However, Meenakshi Sundaram, auto-rickshaw drivers association (ARDU) president, said in that only 10 percent of automen between the most unorganized groups, ignored the strike. It is selfish. Want to earn more money. We cannot stop them, she said. But Khan one of the autorikshaw driver, strike back, saying: All these unions are a scam. Some leaders take the money and fooling us.

Their protest against the potential of new autos gathered in Freedom Park, more than 1,500 union members. We give government an weeks time to revoke their order of brining new 40,000 autos on road, Sundaram said. He said the Union on August 12 will march to Vidhan Soudha, the station with the city will take a huge rally of about 10,000 autos will participate in the rally. So now it’s the turn to the government to rethink on this issue, if we take the burn for a positive reply. Union members will stage demonstrations across the city, he said.

On Friday, some drivers who have not joined the strike were stopped and thrown out of rickshaws. No physical damage was caused to any user, Srinivasa Murthy, Secretary said. The city was generally calm. Murthy said the minor events and Hegenahalli Byappanahalli, but no one was injured. Men who defied the strike, had a field day, however. They made a lot of money fast implementation of the excessive rates.

A resident of Murugeshpalya, Archana Suresh said that her trip was charged forty rupees which by normal it would be just seventeen rupees. As she was in a hurry she could not  wait for a bus. Several autos had joined the bundh. It was very difficult for me to get one, she said. Miller said another commuter to travel by auto from Old Madras Road on payment of Rs 200. BMTC buses in some areas and was particularly TTMCs

Busy for several hours. Prabhudas M, Head Traffic Manager, BMTC, had run extra 4000 busses to manage the crowds.

Despite the extra bit, the load factor had increased from 60 %t to around 70 %. The exact figure can be calculated only during the weekends, but surely we had a huge crowded busses plying this day, he said.

Source: Print Media

Tags: autos, bmtc, government,  ttmc 

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BMTC e-ticketing system



Online booking after in air ticketing this type of device currently is used in BMTC. The BMTC bus has started the service for the airport, well known among the busses is Vajra, book your tickets now online through www.redbus.in is connected and makes an easier task of BMTC bus. Tickets are Rs 25 additional costs will be sent to your home.


Cost is the same regardless of the distance to the House. Printing of the tickets can be taken and displayed with the driver, when people address bus. Passengers will have to show his ID proof to the driver. Accept prints, to BMTC Volvo employees already know redbus , said an official.

BMTC has obtained five seats in any online reserved bus Volvo.  Customers can also select their seats when booking. We also provide online also letter showing the route the bus takes and boarding points, official said to media.

Each time you board a bus you need to have the exact change will also make sure that you collect the ticket without fail so now the Government has planned for the system of e-ticketing to BMTC, if all goes according to plan, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will introduce electronic ticketing machine (ETM) until the end of this year to verify the cases of theft of revenue due to gaps in the ticketing system.  Director (technical), BMTC, S K Paramesh told the press that orders for 10,000 ETMs had already been placed the order. However, only 750 ETMs arrived and can be used from now on.)

Machinery must be personalised in accordance with the requirements of the BMTC. Schedules, fares, distances and journey are just some of the elements that must be provided in the machinery. This is taking some time says B K Umashankar. Theft cases have increased at a growth rate of 20-30% of the number of passenger trips per year, according to the official, BMTC, Vasant. Approximately 135 cases reported every day. However, in most cases, passengers who colluded with drivers are those who have been captured, he said. 30 sets of 26 officers and eight inspectors deployed each day to check such malpractices and irregularities; drivers and passengers. For each batch they must check at least 30 vehicles per day.  About 900 vehicles are checked daily.

However, with 5,800 routes and even more number of buses, there is no doubt we are understaffed, said Vasant. A conductor may charge a fare lesser than the actual amount without issuing any ticket or indulge in other malpractices. All these problems will be eliminated, said Vasant.  A conductor, after being trained to use the ETMs, will get the machines at the depot. The machines will be fed with all necessary details, leaving no room for cheating, he said. However, even with ETMs there is a possibility of cheating. For example, by not issuing tickets at all, after collecting the fare. We expect the passengers to stand up for their rights and demand tickets,said Paramesh.

Source: Print Media

Tags: BMTC, vajra, volvo busses, e-ticketing, airport


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