No BWSSB Cauvery supply for 110 villages
Residents of 110 villages on the outskirts of the city said that although they paid the charges in 2019, they still have not received Cauvery water connections from the BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board). Three years ago, their roads were in poor condition as the BWSSB cut them to fix the water pipes, but they were told that the road works would be quickly restored if they resumed the water connections. Residents have complained that they have paid up to Rs 50,000, but they have not been informed of any development, nor can they see the GLRs (Ground Level Reservoirs) or access to the STPs ( Sewage Treatment Plant). Today, they pay around Rs 2,000 per month for a water tanker.
Meanwhile, BWSSB officials said they could only meet water needs after completing the Cauvery Stage V project. They denied collecting money from areas where they do not provide water. water, explaining that they supply twice a week 51 out of 110 villages.
Source: Deccan Herald
Water adalats planned in the city
The BWSSB will hold water adalats in various parts of the city on Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Complaints related to water billing, delay in converting domestic to non-domestic connections, sanctioning of water supply and sanitary connections will be settled at the event. Entrants may include consumers from the following BWSSB subdivisions — (South-2)-2, (South-2)-1, (Southwest-2)-3, (Southwest-2)-2, (South -east-1)-3, (east-2)-3, (northwest-1)-2, (north-1)-2 and (north-1)-1. Call 1916 for details.
Source: Deccan Herald
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Tax inspectors to act on flexible ban
The BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) has authorized tax inspectors to take action to follow through on the ban on flexes and posters, including filing complaints against the police and issuing fines to printers who prepare the flexes. Action will also be taken against the people whose names are published on the flex – either the person or the company that printed it. Ward marshals have been asked to take responsibility for enabling the protection of tax inspectors during the flexible withdrawal campaign.
However, thousands of flexes and buntings had sprung up between Yelahanka Junction and Doddaballapur, to celebrate CM Bommai’s one-year completion. It wasn’t until later, when the event was canceled, that the flexes were removed.
Source: Deccan Herald, Bangalore Mirror
BBMP engineers ordered to visit construction sites
The BBMP sent out a circular on July 21 specifying that it is compulsory for the town planning department and the engineers of the district to visit construction sites when an owner fixes the BPL (Building Plinth Line). After a court order, a spot inspection is mandatory and officers and engineers must upload the BPL along with GPS coordinates and photographs to the BBMP website.
Tax officials also have the power to identify illegal construction, even as they are involved in assessing the property tax slab. A provision on the BBMP’s internal portal says it can share plan sanction with revenue officers, revenue inspectors and assessors.
The BBMP guidelines state that agents who fail to inspect or download the data face criminal prosecution under Section 252 of the BBMP Act of 2020, and are also suspended and subject to a departmental investigation.
Meanwhile, two engineers were suspended by the BBMP on July 22, after allegations that freshly paved roads had peeled off just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on June 20. Although Rs 23 crore was spent on upgrading and repairing 14 km of roads, it was exhausted in 15 days.
Source: Deccan Herald, The Hindu, The News Minute
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1,900 transformers to become unipolar
Over the past three months, Bescom has converted 881 traditional transformers into special single-pole structures to clear the trails. It aims to convert another 1,900 processors over the next two years. Each will be placed above ground, so the impact of a blast or explosion would be significantly reduced, a senior official said.
Of approximately 59,000 transformers in the city, only a few are problematic and have been identified for the project. In 2017, Bescom had converted 3,194 transformers, but the costly and capital-intensive task could only be resumed three months ago. Sources said that the task does not receive any subsidy, but is funded by Bescom and the expenses are approved by KERC (Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission). Converting a transformer costs Rs 5.15 lakh.
Source: Deccan Herald
BTP-Google partner to streamline traffic on Bangalore’s roads
BTP (Bangalore Traffic Police) partners with Google to optimize traffic light layouts and reduce commuter waiting time. Using artificial intelligence, Google will examine driving trends from its maps and come up with a revised plan. The project aims to reduce waiting time at pilot signals by 20% per commuter, 400 hours per day per intersection and 73,000 hours per year at pilot intersections. It will also reduce congestion, fuel consumption, road rage and greenhouse gas emissions.
The plan can be extended to other intersections to benefit a crore of vehicles, said BR Ravikanthe Gowda, co-commissioner of police (traffic). He added that the project can include live updates on road closures, incidents and other data, so commuters can use alternative routes via Google Maps. This would allow citizens to avoid congested areas as they would have accurate information about road closures and related incidents.
This is the first time in the country that a police department has partnered directly with Google.
Source: The Hindu, Geospatial World, Hindustan Times
Hosakerahalli Lake becomes a black spot
Seven acres of Lake Hosakerehalli have been encroached on – six acres by a private body and 0.26 acres by the government, according to the BBMP. Spread over 59.36 acres, it receives sewage from a storm drain and has also turned into a black spot, despite cleaning and awareness activities. Lake restoration funds are not well spent. BBMP Special Commissioner (Domains) V Ram Prasath Manohar said the civic body was waiting for funds to rejuvenate the local body.
Activist Ram Kumar BK said campaigners would likely move the court by the end of the year to have the lake fenced off and clear encroachments, including wells dug into the lake bed.
Source: The Indian Express
[Compiled by Revathi Siva Kumar]