Silence, Residential zones stay awake with noise

Eight out of the 10 noise monitoring stations spread across Bangalore recorded decibel levels above the permissible limit. Bengaluru: The constant honking at a traffic jam, sounds of modified bike silencers, commotion of jackhammers and cranes working round the clock. All of this keeps the city awake as noise pollution levels stay constantly above the […]

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WFH Makes E-waste Recyclers Suffer

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent work-from-homes have pushed the electronic waste industry into limbo. Bengaluru: Salim Pasha, one of the directors at the Eco E-waste Recyclers, ran his business successfully for the past 11 years from Nayandahalli, Bengaluru,  with relative calm until the pandemic hit. From trading in 10-15 tonnes of e-waste every  month, […]

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Zoo’s beef with the new anti-cow slaughter bill

The new anti-cow slaughter law has left Bengaluru Bannerghatta National Park with no other option but to put animals on a chicken diet due to the non-availability of beef. Bengaluru:  The veterinarians of the Banarghetta zoo are worried about the side effects of this diet on wild animals if they are fed chicken for a […]

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BBMP powerless to rid the city of hoardings, policy in limbo

Hoardings—both legal and illegal—still dot the city skyline, while the new advertising bylaws are yet to come into effect. Bengaluru: The pandemic may be subsiding, but the real disease plaguing the city—hoardings and distracting advertisements—may not go away anytime soon.  “They are not even different ads, just the same ones over and over again,” said […]

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Road construction gathers dust

Road construction under the Smart Cities Mission has made life difficult for commuters and local business owners. Rourkela: The ongoing construction on the two-lane Panposh Road and the Link road (Civil Township Bypass) has led to a one-way movement, resulting in traffic on that one lane and dust everywhere.  Kanta Devi (name changed), a local […]

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People’s health worsens after Visakhapatnam gas leak

The  poisonous Styrene gas leak from the explosion seven months ago still haunts many people in the surrounding villages. Visakhapatnam: After seven months of the gas leak, most people who lived in surrounding areas of the L.G Polymers Company are still suffering from health-related side effects. Nearly 45 to 60 people in villages around L.G […]

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Council stops collecting garbage due to lack of dumping space

The existing dumping ground near the Bidadi railway station has been earmarked for the construction of the six-lane Bengaluru-Mysore highway, leaving the Municipal council to find another ground. Bidadi: The Bidadi Municipal Council has run out of space to dump garbage and has stopped collecting it for the past few weeks. Residents have taken to […]

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High salinity in groundwater proving costly for residents

Sewage and industrial waste flowing into Vrishabhavathi in the city is haunting the villagers near Bidadi. Clogged plumbing, ruined water heaters add to the woes of health problems such as skin rashes and hair fall. Ramanagara: High saline and mineral content in groundwater is clogging plumbing and harming household appliances such as solar water heaters […]

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Foul gases and smog upset MIDC residents

Residents complain of foul odour and headaches due to industrial emissions; officials blame it on the reduction of buffer zones near industrial areas. Dombivli: Dombivli residents are suffering due to the highly polluting industries in the adjoining Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). Pollution control officials say that effluents and emissions are inevitable in an industrial […]

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