Pollution from construction sites still a cause for worry

Construction activities fell by over 50 percent in the last few years, but health-related risks continue. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sanctioned fewer construction activities in the city but construction continues to contribute to increasing pollution and respiratory diseases, say medical experts. –Senior citizens, construction workers, and other vulnerable sections of the population face […]

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Low key Diwali for traditional fireworks sellers

The government’s ban has brought a loss for traditional fireworks sellers. Bengaluru: Traditional fire-works sellers faced losses as the government banned their crackers and promoted -green crackers this Diwali. The Karnataka government issued an order stating that only green crackers are allowed and traditional crackers would be banned. This impacted the sale of traditional fireworks […]

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Green crackers fail to light up the fireworks industry

The Supreme Court of India has only allowed the sales of less-polluting “green crackers” in the country. Bengaluru: Despite shifting to green crackers, the fireworks industry is still suffering significant losses due to pandemic-induced restrictions and the economic slowdown. B. Guruswamy has been running his firecracker shop in Sulthanpet, Bengaluru for 45 years. He said […]

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City water fountains get STP water

The recycled water ensures less wastage while providing better aesthetics say experts. The fountain at K R Circle uses recycled water from the Cubbon Park Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). Ashwak Bagi, assistant executive engineer at BBMP said that they were still calculating the amount of water used. He said, “it uses water from the Cubbon […]

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Crores of cigarette butts litter the city

The NGT had issued directives for cigarette butt disposal a year ago, but nothing has been done. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) still does not have a separate disposal system for cigarette butts, a year after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to lay down guidelines to do […]

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Building work breaks patients’ calm

Patients are struggling to recover from covid, and the ongoing construction of houses in their neighbourhood isn’t helping. Sonepat: The lockdown might have kept you from going outside but it doesn’t keep a house from being built. It’s been more than two months since construction of several houses started in Sector-12, Sonepat — before the […]

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BBMP fails to follow guidelines, expenses skyrocket

A CAG report says that BBMP could have saved Rs. 8.2 million by adding waste plastic mix to road construction. Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had to shell out more than Rs. 8.2 million since the municipal body failed to follow through on compulsory guidelines laid down for road construction.  A Comptroller and […]

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Bangalore traffic cops struggle to breathe easy

More city traffic policemen suffer from respiratory problems and lung functions says study by the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences.  Bengaluru: Loud noises, sunlight and heat, work-related stress, dazzling high beams are some of the problems Sudhir (name changed), a traffic police constable, faces on a daily basis. “All, not only me, traffic police people […]

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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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