Building parking spaces in metro stations a challenge, says BMRCL

Bengaluru: Parking spaces at metro stations can only be built if separate land is allotted, say Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials. The main challenge while planning is that the land cost is high and it is not possible to take the land which has already been given to the metro stations, said Gubbi […]

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E-toilets: hiding in plain sight

People say e-toilets are not easy to locate and access. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) continues to invest in more electronic public toilets   despite the public’s unwillingness to use them. Nandeesha, executive engineer, BBMP, said, “We are opting for electronic public toilets for the places where we can’t build regular public ones. We are installing […]

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Bangalore’s plastic crisis, alleviated by plastic roads

Waste plastic can be used as a  binder modifier as it is resistant to distortion and water-induced damage on the roads. Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has to construct  the roads using plastic waste, even the white top cement roads and most of the road contractors are not aware of the technology. Mohammad, road contractor […]

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No one wants to drive this car

Despite a minor uptick in revenue following the downward trend in self-driving car sales, owners in Bengaluru remain wary about the new Covid variant. Sales of Bengaluru’s self-driving car firms have dropped during the pandemic. Although sales were up in August and September 2021, they have started to fall since then. Ravi, a senior executive […]

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Interactive museums, not so anymore

With cultural shows moving online amidst the speculation of a third wave, interactive museums lose their edge. Interactive museums in the city have moved their cultural events online, taking away their unique selling point of interactions and self-learning. Anusha, an employee at Indian Music Experience (IMC) said, “Based on the new Covid-19 guidelines, our unique […]

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Omicron: Not a threat yet!

Government’s response to Omicron is not at expected level, say officials. Despite a rise in Omicron cases across the world the Indian government has not issued new guidelines except for international arrivals.  D. Randeep, state commissioner of health and welfare services said that the department is not planning to introduce any new measure for citizens. […]

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Varthur Lake: Digging up dirt and stench

Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) stopped the digging and the excavation of silt from Varthur lake due to rains. The digging up of the Varthur Lake to desilt has now been paused creating more problems for residents and local farmers. Dirty water and silt have created a stench in the area.    “We have started desilting […]

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Construction workers protest for their rights

Workers allege that the Karnataka Construction Welfare Board is denying them welfare facilities. Construction workers are yet to be paid Rs. 3000 as promised by the government during the second lockdown, said Pratiban, Vice President of Construction Workers Federation of India (CWFI) at a protest at Mysore Road circle. “There were 24 lakh member recipients, […]

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