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Last updated: May 24 2017 11:50 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Monsoon at doorstep, but drains, manholes clogged 24.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
The monsoon is knocking on the door and Bengaluru's lack of preparedness for it is thoroughly exposed, particularly after last Saturday's squall that uprooted 117 trees and claimed a life.
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Heritage, trees and the ABC programme in limbo 24.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
... as Government Veterinary Hospital on Queens Road makes way for new multi-storey facility
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Mega projects planned, but funding not in place 24.5.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
No public consultations were held before the projects were selected
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Civic workers plan strike 23.5.2017 deccanherald.com
Civic workers across Karnataka have threatened to go on strike starting Thursday in protest against the non-fulfilment of promises made by the government and ignoring their demands.

The government had promised to regularise the services of civic workers working on contract basis and pay them revised salaries.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Karnataka Pourakarmika Mahasangha president Narayan said, "The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has not paid the revised monthly salary of Rs 14,740 for the past three months to civic workers. The court order against hiring civic workers on contract has not been followed yet."
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Rescuers cover 35 km of drain in search of missing man 23.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The BBMP on Tuesday intensified its search operation for the missing excavator operator Shantha Kumar by roping in more than 350 people. He was swept away in a stormwater drain near Kurubarahalli during a heavy downpour on May 20. With Shantha Kumar remaining untraceable even after three days, chances of his survival are bleak. Around 60 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (STRF) and Fire and Emergency Services personnel continued their search. They were assisted by many BBMP gangmen. They travelled around 35 km all along the stormwater drain from Kurubarahalli but in vain. Mayor G Padmavathi too visited the spot with senior Palike officials to oversee the rescue operation, which started on Tuesday at 7 am and went on for 12 hours. The Mayor told reporters that the NDRF and SDRF personnel left no stone unturned to trace the missing person. "These personnel covered a very long distance but the man was not found anywhere. It seems he might have been trapped under the ...
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Palike plans pod cars to cut pressure on city's roads, experts sceptical 23.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The BBMP has embarked on an ambitious project of starting pod taxi services in the city to ease traffic. The Palike has floated global tenders for it. BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad is confident that this project would give relief from traffic jams and will compliment the Metro services. He said, "Minister K J George and Mayor G Padmavathi have directed speeding up the Pod Taxi project. We have called for global tenders. We will start the project in six to eight months." He explained that five routes have been identified in the initial phase. The project will be started in Indiranagar and Whitefield on a trial basis. After seeing the pros and cons, the Palike will implement it in other parts of the city. The pillars for the Pod Taxis will be built on the median of the roads. The BBMP is in touch with companies from the United States and New Zealand for the project. The commissioner said the Pod Taxis have been successful in Mexico and other developed nations. "This is one of the best projects to ...
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Proposal to restrict entry of vehicles to Cubbon Park 23.5.2017 deccanherald.com
Taking note of increased movement of vehicles at Cubbon Park, the Horticulture Department has chalked out a proposal to restrict the vehicles at some entry points to the park.

At present, the vehicles have access to the park from a total of seven sides. If the departments proposal is approved, then the movement of vehicles will be banned at Hudson Circle, Bal Bhavan and K R Market.

"There is dense traffic movement from Karnataka High Court towards UB City and from UB City to MS Building. However, it is difficult to find an alternative if these two routes are closed to traffic," a department official said.

The officials said that the vehicular pollution increased in the last three months due to Nrupatunga Road development works undertaken by BBMP. Some birds have died due to increase in pollution level, they added.

Department commissioner P C Ray said the final decision in this regard will be taken by the Police Department.

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Search for missing mason continues 23.5.2017 Hindu: Home
Was washed away during heavy rain on Saturday night
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BBMP commissioner cancels officers' leave 23.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
In a bid to ensure that officials are always on hand to deal with unforeseen disasters such as the one the city witnessed on Saturday, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner N Manjunath Prasad on Monday issued an order cancelling leave for officers and engineers in the Palike.
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Gusty winds, heavy rain batter Bengaluru again 23.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
Heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds returned to Bengaluru late Monday night, raising fears of another overnight nightmare. Four trees were uprooted within half an hour of the rain.
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Computer operators, who handle BBMP salary slips, deprived of pay cheques 23.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Bengaluru to launch pilot on pod transport 23.5.2017 Hindu: News
The city will soon see a pilot project on the ambitious pod transport method, which is being aggressively pushed by the State government. According to City Development Minister K.J. George, the decisi...
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BBMP needs Rs 4 cr to run 9 sweeping machines for 5 yrs 22.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The cost of maintaining and operating the nine sweeping machines that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike procured on Monday, will be almost three times the cost of the machines. The machines comprising eight big ones (truck mounted) and a small one (self-propelled) were flagged off by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday in the presence of Mayor G Padmavathi and Palike commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad. Siddaramaiah told reporters the machines will help keep the city clean. Cameras and geo-positioning systems fitted on these vehicles enable tracking of their movement and gauge their performance. "Camera and GPS will bring in transparency in the functioning of these vehicles. Payments will be made based on their movement and performance," said the chief minister. These machines have been purchased from TPS Infrastructure Ltd. Each truck-mounted machine costs Rs 1.08 crore while the self-propelled machine costs Rs 47 lakh. The firm will maintain and operate these machines for five years. The maintenance ...
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Rain hits traffic, power supply in many areas 22.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Several trees were uprooted while low-lying areas were inundated as heavy rain pounded the city on Monday night.There was a huge pile-up of vehicles on major roads. However, there were no reports of loss of lives and destruction of properties. Traffic police, BBMP and Bescom staff got into action and struggled hard to ensure order on roads and normalcy in many areas. A tree came crashing down near Vidyasagar School in Vijayanagar, while traffic was halted for over an hour as a tree was uprooted near Modi Hospital in Rajajinagar. Trees were also uprooted in Sadashivanagar and Yelahanka.There were reports of wall collapse from Hosaguddadahalli, Chamarajpet, City Market, Amarjyothinagar and Sunkadakatte. Rainwater gushed into a few houses at Sultanpalya, Tannery Road, Srirampuram,Malleswaram, Shanthinagar and HombegowdaNagar. Vehicular movement was affected at Richmond Circle as roads in the vicinity were submerged in rainwater. Vehicle users struggled to navigate the roads which were under two feet of ...
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BBMP chief cancels leave of officers 22.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Following the havoc caused by pre-monsoon showers on Saturday, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Monday cancelled leaves of officers from joint commissioners to assistant engineers at the ward level. Prasad, along with Mayor G Padmavathi and her deputy M Anand, held an emergency meeting on Monday with senior officials on rain preparedness. The commissioner directed the officials to set right the communication network and act rapidly in the event of any exigencies. The officials were directed to identify all low-lying areas prone to water-logging and rectify the problems. Prasad directed officials to assign such locations to each engineer and make sure that they take responsibility for preventing flooding. In all, 72 control rooms, including those at head offices and eight zonal offices, will be established in the next three days. The forest cell of the BBMP will have 21 response teams, each having a vehicle, men and machines. These teams will act quickly and ...
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250 men, 24 machines engaged in search ops; victim untraceable 22.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Shanta Kumar, the excavator operator who was washed away in a drain on Saturday night near Kurubarahalli, remained untraceable even on Monday despite an intensified search operation. As many as 250 personnel comprising BBMP engineers, firemen, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) searched various locations in vain. The search operation that commenced from Kurubarahalli on Sunday night finally reached Kambipura. A renewed effort began on Monday with the search team forming two teams and setting out in two boats to search for the missing person. The boats finally reached Byramangala lake where an extensive search began. The rescue teams roped in 24 excavators to trace the missing person. BBMP chief engineer (SWD) Siddegowda said the search operation did not yield any result. "The teams reached Byramangala lake. There was no success though. We will focus on the lake," said Siddegowda. Mayor G Padmavathi said stormwater drains have been neglected over the years. ...
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Palike's work on SWD remodelling too late, too little 22.5.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The BBMP has learnt no lessons from rain-related floods of the past. There are 633 stormwater drains (SWDs) measuring 856 km in the city. The BBMP started the work to remodel SWDs and fence them in 2004, but so far it could complete only 142 km. Recently, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah performed the groundbreaking ceremony to remodel 192 km of SWDs at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore. Still, 522 km SWDs need to be fenced. Most rain-related mishaps take place near lakes and SWDs, but no measures were taken to fence them and remove constructions within their buffer zones. Even the shoulder drains prove dangerous as they are not properly covered or the damaged slabs are not replaced. A former Palike engineer associated with the project told DH he had identified 233 vulnerable points and had emphasised that these points must be covered urgently to prevent flooding. "All my recommendations were consigned to the dustbin. The fallout of trashing my recommendations is there for everyone to see. There is one more ...
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City gets new sweeping machines 22.5.2017 Hindu: News
They are fitted with GPS systems
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No leave for officials till monsoon ends: Commissioner 22.5.2017 Hindu: News
Search continues for mason swept away in rain on Saturday night
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Rain deaths have become an accepted reality in Bengaluru 22.5.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
Shanth Kumar (35) was part of a five-member team that was taking out silt from a Rajakaluve in Mahalakshmi Layout, opposite Iskcon, and only wanted to avoid getting drenched when he decided to stay inside the earthmover when the skies opened up on Saturday night.
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