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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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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Burning tires: a persistent menace to the environment

An increase in the number of vehicles and poor monitoring of scrap tires contributes to tire burning, leading to pollution in the city. Industry’s burning of tires for fuel and oil goes unchecked by the government posing serious dangers to the environment. Burning of tires is illegal and is nationally prohibited under the National Environmental […]

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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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GAIL quick to announce, slow to execute

To encourage the use of CNG, GAIL plans to launch 55 CNG stations in the state. The pending approval for licenses has delayed the launch of the expected 49 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Bangalore. Mr. Abhishek Gupta, Senior Marketing Manager at Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), Bangalore said, due to Covid-19, explosive […]

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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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The LED paradox: Sustainable yet polluting

New LED fixtures of Chinnaswamay Stadium and LED street lights will increase threat to the natural biodiversity of Bengaluru. The shift from traditional street lights to LED fixtures is a step forward for sustainable energy but will increase light pollution. Research shows that LED lighting disturbs the day-and-night rhythm of all living beings. It might […]

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Eco-friendly Ganesha idols: an unprofitable venture

Eco-friendly idols are heavily promoted, and Plaster of Paris idols have been banned. Yet, the eco-friendly idol sellers face consistent loss. The sellers of eco-friendly Ganesha idols say they are facing a loss of 50 to 60 percent over the last few years. However, Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols have been banned since 2014. M. […]

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Faecal Coliform levels in Yamuna way above limits

A type of bacteria, faecal coliform is indicative of the presence of faecal material of man or animal and can result in a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. Delhi: Ammar, a Delhi-based photographer, frequently visits the Yamuna shore between the Delhi-Noida Direct Flyover and Zakir Nagar, near Okhla. “I went there last year to […]

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