Cybercrime on rise in Bengaluru 5 times more in last 4 yrs.

Cybercrime on rise in Bengaluru 5 times more in last 4 yrs.

Cybercrime are increasing in Bengaluru.  In the last 4 years the cybercrime has increased 5 times more.   A total of 5,036 cases were filed in 2018, or 13.8 cases per day, as opposed to 2,023 cases in about nine months of 2017. 

Experts and officials have attributed the high reporting of cybercrimes in Bengaluru to higher incidences and greater awareness among residents, among other factors. 

Bengaluru, being the technology hub and the top destination for IT jobs, has become the favorite target for cyber criminals.

What is cybercrime ?

Cybercrime also known as computer-oriented crime, is a crime that involves a computer and a network.  The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.

Cybercrime can be defined as: “Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (networks including chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (Bluetooth, SMS, MMS)”.

Cybercrime may threaten a person or a nation’s security and financial health. Issues surrounding these types of crimes have become high-profile, particularly those surrounding hacking, copyright infringement, unwarranted mass-surveillance, sextortion, child  pornography and child grooming.

Scenario at Bengaluru :

Bengaluru also has the dubious distinction of being the cybercrime capital of India with a steep rise in the number of cyber frauds.

Experts and officials have attributed the high reporting of cybercrime in Bengaluru to higher incidences and greater awareness among residents, among other factors. 

The awareness about cybercrimes in Bengaluru among people is still quite low. More attacks, poor disposal rate, high reportage but not many cyber staff at the stations create detrimental circumstances. The city is planning to site up 8 new cybercrime stations. 

The rising number of cybercrimes in Bangalore is indeed quite concerning as the number of cybercrimes in the city is only increasing with each passing year.

Cops and public are helpless – Bengaluru

Phishing, data theft, identity theft, online lottery, cyber attacks, job frauds, banking frauds, cyber-bullying, online blackmailing, morphing, revenge porn, cyber hacking, child pornography, cyber grooming, cyber-stalking, data diddling, software piracy, online radicalization — the dark web of cybercrimes is spreading across the world and India is one of the hotspots of this digital crime.

The cops in the city are helpless as the crime branch is short staffed.  Many do not report loss of money or honor because of losing integrity and  shame. Many do not  even tell their families that they have lost money in online frauds.

Chances are that more and more criminals are using the dark web. Those fighting cyber crime in Bengaluru say that most cases are not detected  because of dark web.

The dark web in Bengaluru :

An increasing number of cyber criminal instances are using the dark web — the encrypted part of the internet that cannot be tracked — to shop for software that helps them remain anonymous while carrying out their crimes.

The dark web is a part of the deep web, the non-indexed part of the world wide web that cannot be accessed by standard search engines such as Google and requires encrypted networks such as Tor browser. 

Bitcoin transactions are the preferred mode of payment for purchases on the dark web as they cannot be traced. 

How does one access the dark web?

The dark web is accessed by anonymous networks with the most well-known one being the TOR browser, short for “The Onion Ring”. It is a free software that users download from the Internet to anonymously access the dark web.

Developed in the mid-1990s by the United States Naval Research laboratory employees to protect US intelligence communications online, it is termed so as the traffic from the browser creates several layers like those of an Onion before reaching the destination site.

Upside to the dark web?

The network is also used by several activists especially those living under oppressive regimes to communicate without any government censorship.

The TOR network was used by activists during the Arab Spring and is known to have been used by Chinese citizens. It is known to have large virtual libraries available for researchers and students.

Other modes :

With increasing use of mobiles, the coverage and cheaper data, a lot of people now have access to the internet even while on the move. This has exposed unsuspecting ones to fall prey to online fraudsters.

Many become victims of sexual exploitation after being made to share personal details while some others use the new media like WhatsApp to spread fake news to create troubles.  

There have been many  lynching incidents in the country in the past couple of years after fake messages about child lifting and cow slaughter were spread through social media.

Hacking the mind of a hacker :

A hacker lives on the dangerous by-lanes of the internet—the dark web. Accessible only through browsers designed to promote anonymity and confuse law enforcement, the dark web is where the criminal elements of the internet hang out. 

A hacker see a fork on the road, one that could take them towards using their power to make code dance to their tunes for the good, the other that takes them to the direction where they could also wreak havoc.

To know about cyber crime police station at Bengaluru click on the link

Plastic packaging still unbridled in Bengaluru

Plastic packaging still unbridled in Bengaluru

Plastic packaging is still rampant in Bengaluru.  The people of Bengaluru are still being haunted by plastic menace. 

Plastic packaging continues to be a major contributor to the city’s overflowing landfills. Plastic is widely used in our day to day life. Starting from a pen to a polythene bag in which we carry fruits and books are forms of plastic. Though convenient in our day to day use, it has posed an alarming threat to the environment.

A shop stocks hundreds of plastic packaging covers to pack and one finds dozens of such shops on any busy street in Bengaluru.

Banned plastic packaging items :

No person including shop keeper, Vendor, wholesalers, retailers, trader, hawker or salesmen shall use plastic carry bags, plastic banners, plastic buntings, flex, plastic flags, plastic plates etc. are supposed to use plastic items. All the above mentioned items are banned by the BBMP.

BBMP Inspection :

The medical officer of health (MOH) from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) raided shops in the Jayanagar Assembly constituency and slapped Rs 1.5 lakh fine on four shops for using plastic covers.

In 2016, the state government imposed a blanket ban on manufacturing, storing, distributing and using single-use plastics such as carry bags, flex banners, plates, cups and spoons. 

Hazards of plastic usage :

Plastic – Plastic bags- an environmental hazard. The problem created by the use of plastics bags is primarily due to shortcomings in the waste management system. Indiscriminate chemical additives pose environmental problems including choking open drains, ground water contamination, etc.

Plastic is non-biodegradable and do not decay by biological actions of microbes. They remain in the same state as we throw them. So, dumps or garbage are created making our cities and soil polluted.

Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.

Harmful Chemical :

To destroy plastics, we can either recycle or burn them. If we burn plastic, they emit harmful chemical gases like carbon dioxide (CO,), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrous oxide (NO), methane (CH4), sulphur dioxides (SO2), etc. These gases pollute our environment, though in negligible content, they add to green house effect and endanger our environment.

Damage Sanitary System :

The wastes of plastic block pipes and sanitary lines so that dirty water came out on roads. This cause fear of malaria, cholera and other diseases.

Ecosystem Imbalance :

Due to wide scale use of plastic, water, soil and air pollutions are caused. These polluted components of environment lead to imbalance of various ecosystem of the Earth.

Only solution to this plastic hazard is to take preventive measures and for that,

a. To reduce use of plastic wherever possible

b. To use recyclable bags and things

c. To recycle the used plastic

d. Not to throw used plastic here and there

e. To collect the used plastic by the Government and then to recycle them

f. Only recyclable plastics should be allowed to use

g. Some legal norms should be declared.

How plastic is bad for the environment?

A dead albatross chick with plastic marine debris in its stomach

Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem of the world. This can cause serious harm to the species that drink the water. Landfill areas contain many different types of plastics.

Chemical Migration from Plastic Packaging into Contents :

People are exposed to these chemicals not only during manufacturing, but also by using plastic packages, because some chemicals migrate from the plastic packaging to the foods they contain.

Examples of plastics contaminating food have been reported with most plastic types, including Styrene from polystyrene, plasticizers from PVC, antioxidants from polyethylene, and Acetaldehyde from PET.

Find alternatives to plastic products whenever possible. Some specific suggestions:
  • Buy food in glass or metal containers; avoid polycarbonate drinking bottles with Bisphenol A which causes  diabetes and diseases of the heart and liver.
  • Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap.
  • Do not give young children plastic teethers or toys
  • Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture
  • Avoid all PVC and Styrene products
Benefit of reusable bags :
  • Because plastic bags are made from oil, reducing them would decrease foreign oil dependency.
  • Start preserving the thousands of marine animals and more than 1 million of birds who die from plastic bags each year.
  • Paper bags also pose a problem. Americans consume more than 10 billion paper bags per year which translates into approximately 14 million cut down trees. Think of how reusable bags can save our trees.
  • Also conserve water as paper production requires hundreds of thousands of gallons of water (not to mention the toxic chemicals involved in processing).

Small shops in Bengaluru city are doing their bit but it is the retail giants who are flouting the rules.  Vegetable vendors and small shop owners are buying paper bags, while some of the  retail giants are still using plastic bags.

Cross border investments – Bangalore in top 10 in APAC list

Cross border investments – Bangalore in top 10 in APAC list

Cross border investments – Bengaluru entered the list of top 10 cities that attracted maximum cross-border investment in Asia Pacific (APAC) for the 1st time.  It will be receiving over USD 1.6 billion last fiscal according to property consultant CBRE.


Asia-Pacific (abbreviated as APAC) is the part of the world  in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. The region varies in area depending on which context, but it typically includes much of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

APAC’s members include accreditation bodies, accreditation focal points and other organisations that have an interest in accredited conformity assessment results.

APAC is recognized by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as one of four APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs) that support the work of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance.

Cross-border investments :

Cross-border investment refers to the net inflows of investment to acquire a lasting management interest (10 percent or more of voting stock) in an enterprise operating in an economy other than that of the investor

Cross-Border Transactions include both outbound and inbound transfers of property, stock, or financial and commercial obligations between related entities resident or operating in different tax jurisdictions.

CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd, – Cross border investments :

CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd. –  India’s leading real estate consulting firm’s Asia Pacific Investor Intentions Survey 2019 findings revealed that Bengaluru – the capital city of Karnataka- for the first time has featured in the list of top ten destinations for cross-border investment across Asia Pacific.

The survey revealed that India was among the top five preferred markets in APAC on the back of the launch of the first Real Estate Investment Trust – REIT (Embassy-Blackstone) and the resulting improved market transparency. The drivers for this trend were new infrastructure and potential growth opportunities in the market.

REIT – Real Estate Investment Trust :

The first REIT by Embassy Group and Blackstone Group LP was launched in India in March this year and it is expected to catalyse investments in the country.

Improved investor sentiment in office assets is likely to expose potential quality buildings as a fundraising avenue for developers and also propel major corporations to lease/purchase space in these development.

Preferred investment destination :

Bengaluru featured as the first Indian city in the list of preferred investment destination on the basis of its growing reputation across the globe as the home base to several international corporates,” said Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and CEO, India, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE.

Bengaluru city with a significant talent base and world-class infrastructure offers several investment grade options in office, retail, as well as residential segments,

Bengaluru is considered as one of the fastest growing cities in India with the presence of important players from the areas of information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and other sectors.

Money and Borders :

Cross-border investments in a changing global marketplace – Governments appear to have become bigger players in economic affairs, and we may be entering an era in which nationalist ambitions will make globalization more difficult to manage.

What is clear is the need for companies and funds pursuing cross-border investments to adapt their investment strategies and operations to function effectively at the intersection of government, business and finance.

The upside story on cross-border investment is one that companies can use to good advantage. Inbound and outbound investments confer substantial benefits – they create employment, stimulate R&D, generate tax revenues, and enhance competition.

Obesity – the silent killer on raise in Bengaluru

Obesity – the silent killer on raise in Bengaluru

Obesity known as the silent killer is on raise in namma Bengaluru.  What we need for a healthy life is just 30 per cent of what we eat, and another 70 per cent of what we eat only invites obesity and other diseases.

Obesity and mental health are interlinked. 

What some people may not realize is that obesity can also take a toll on mental and emotional health, making daily activities like socializing, dating and even traveling more challenging.

Taking steps to lose weight by making lifestyle adjustments could help ease the mental and physical burden associated with the condition.

What is obesity?

Junk food cause of Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to an extent that it may have a negative effect on health.  People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person’s weight by the square of the person’s height, is over 30 kg/m2 ; the range 25–30 kg/m2 is defined as overweight.

Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food intake,  lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility.  A few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or mental disorder.

Effects of obesity :

Obesity effects on human body

Obesity is a complex disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern. It increases your risk of diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Excessive body weight is also is associated with various diseases and conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis and asthma. As a result, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy.

Public health :

The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that overweight and obesity may soon replace more traditional public health concerns such as under-nutrition and infectious diseases as the most significant cause of poor health.  Obesity is a public health and policy problem because of its prevalence, costs, and health effects.

Public health efforts seek to understand and correct the environmental factors responsible for the increasing prevalence of obesity in the population. Solutions look at changing the factors that cause excess food energy consumption and inhibit physical activity.

Management of Weight gain :

The main treatment for obesity consists of dieting and physical exercise.  Diet programs may produce weight loss over the short term,  but maintaining this weight loss is frequently difficult and often requires making exercise and a lower food energy diet a permanent part of a person’s lifestyle.

In the short-term low carbohydrate diets appear better than low fat diets for weight loss.  In the long term; however, all types of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets appear equally beneficial.  

Causes of Weight Gain and Obesity :

Obesity is one of the biggest health problems in the world.  It’s associated with several related conditions, collectively known as metabolic syndrome.

The factors that are leading causes of weight gain, obesity and metabolic disease are :

  1. Genetics – Some people appear to be genetically susceptible to weight gain and obesity.
  2. Engineered junk foods – Stores are filled with processed foods that are hard to resist. These products also promote overeating.
  3. Food Addiction – Some people experience strong food cravings or addiction. This especially applies to sugar-sweetened, high-fat junk foods which stimulate the reward centers in the brain.
  4. Aggressive marketing – Food producers spend a lot of money marketing junk food, sometimes specifically targeting children, who don’t have the knowledge and experience to realize they are being misled.
  5. Insulin – High insulin levels and insulin resistance are linked to the development of obesity. To lower insulin levels, reduce intake of refined carbs and eat more fiber.
  6. Certain medications – Some medications may promote weight gain by reducing the number of calories burned or increasing appetite.
  7. Leptin resistance – Leptin, an appetite-reducing hormone, doesn’t work in many obese individuals.
  8. Food availability – In some areas, finding fresh, whole foods may be difficult or expensive, leaving people no choice but to buy unhealthy junk foods.
  9. Sugar – Scientists believe that excessive sugar intake may be one of the main causes of obesity.
  10. Misinformation -. Misinformation may contribute to weight gain in some people. It can also make weight loss more difficult.

What foods should an obese person avoid?

What to Eat –

Food Pyramid to avoid obesity

Choose minimally processed, whole foods:

  • Whole grains (whole wheat, steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa)
  • Vegetables (a colorful variety-not potatoes)
  • Whole fruits (not fruit juices)
  • Nuts, seeds, beans, and other healthful sources of protein (fish and poultry)
  • Plant oils (olive and other vegetable oils)

Drink water or other beverages that are naturally calorie-free.

Limit these foods and drinks:

  • Sugar-sweetened beverages (soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks)
  • Fruit juice (no more than a small amount per day)
  • Refined grains(white bread, white rice, white pasta) and sweets
  • Potatoes (baked or fried)
  • Red meat (beef, pork, lamb) and processed meats (salami, ham, bacon, sausage)
  • Other highly processed foods, such as fast food

How does weight affect mental health?

A new study showed that a weight-loss intervention can help overweight and obese people with serious mental illnesses—such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression—lose significant weight and keep it off. Medications to help control mental illness symptoms can increase appetite and encourage weight gain.

Link between obesity and mental health :

The link between mental health and obesity is complex and may vary based on individual like age, gender, race, ethnicity and culture or structural like nationality and region characteristics. Age may influence mental health causes or consequence of obesity and may moderate the mental health-obesity link.

Early adolescence and late adolescence are very different in terms of cognitive and social functioning.  Analysis of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 who had participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health suggested that only among the youngest adolescents, a significant link could be found between overweight and obesity on depression.

People are living longer than ever before, and paradoxically, that brings more problems.  Family dynamics and stress play an integral role in mental health. Extended families are not as geographically close today as in the past. Adult children are leaving home later, and their greater dependence on their parents contributes to more problems for everybody involved.

What is happening in Bengaluru ?

Obesity is slowly engulfing Bengaluru.  For every 10 Bangaloreans, 4 are obese.  The reasons are rapid urbanization, transformation to metro, lifestyle alteration and poor diet.

Obesity mainly is a result of changes in diet and physical activity. In the city the rise in obesity is due to factors known as the ‘nutrition transition.’ Urban areas, being much further along in the transition than rural areas, experience higher rates of obesity.

The city offer a greater range of food, usually at lower prices, and city work often demands less physical exertion than rural work.

The need of the hour is getting committed to a healthy way of life by eating low calorie diet and doing regular exercises for the rest of one’s life.

Hoax calls  leads to Jail term – Bengaluru

Hoax calls leads to Jail term – Bengaluru

Hoax calls can lead to jail term.  If the hoax call harms a person or if it results in any sort of loss, then it is considered a crime and a legal action will be taken.

The menace of hoax calls has increased over the past years and Bengaluru city finds itself on the list of victims.  Bengaluru gets many hoax calls but most of them go unreported. 

The punishment for these type of calls need special enactment.  There is no special enactment under which these culprits can be booked.  The quantum of punishment is less.

What is a Hoax call ?

A hoax call is a telephone call intended by the caller as a practical joke played on the person answering. It is often a type of nuisance call.

A hoax is a falsehood deliberately fabricated to masquerade as the truth. It is distinguishable from errors in observation or judgment, rumors, urban legends. Pseudo-sciences and April Fools’ day events that are passed along in good faith by believers or as jokes.

The psychology of hoaxing calls :

The reasons of what might cause people to hoaxing includes hoaxing

  • for amusement purposes,
  • out of boredom,
  • as an act revenge
  • as a way to gain fame and/or notoriety in some way
  • to gain attention such as faking illness (Munchausen’s syndrome)
  • to demonstrate cleverness (or a perception of cleverness) to others around them and
  • to disrupt the status quo (including terrorist and non-terrorist activity), and for political causes  (such as claiming to be a victim of a racist hate crime).

Majority of hoax calls arise from psychological problems. Such callers have no explanation for their action or when confronted express remorse.

Malicious and Prank Calls :

If a call’s purpose is to cause distress, if the caller uses abusive or sexually explicit language, or if the caller threatens, then it is a malicious call. Some people are unfortunate enough to receive a barrage of malicious calls, often at anti-social hours, and these can be very upsetting. Making a malicious call will be a criminal offence.

Prank calls are a type of malicious call that are sometimes carried out by kids ‘for a laugh’. The pranksters may order a taxi or pizza giving the victims address and phone number, or may make reverse charge calls to the victim. Some times calls that may at first appear malicious may in fact be less sinister.  

Legal issues :

Some hoax calls are criminalized in many jurisdictions, for instance if the call involves calling the emergency services, while others may be protected as freedom of expression.

Rudimentary criminal ‘pranks’ may range from simple telephone harassment to bomb threats.  More elaborate pranks rely on tricking the recipient into harmful behavior. 

Hoax calls at Bengaluru City :

Bengaluru has had to deal with many hoax calls.  Many hoax calls have gone unreported while some have been closed as they were ‘untraceable’.

Use of Technology to identify hoax calls :

Virtually all smart-phones, cordless phones and many wire-line handsets have built-in caller ID displays. Android and iOS smart-hones have the ability to block numbers that are suspect or have been identified as fraudulent or scammers; most regular landlines do not.

With ‘Truecaller’ and other similar apps.  one can immediately know who is calling. With advanced technology one can immediately trace the call and get their information.  Once the caller id identified a criminal case is registered on the basis of the severity of the call.

Caller ID technology can be easily exploited by scammers and fraudsters from anywhere in the world to display a false identity and locations. It is far too simple to obtain a phone number and to generate a false calling party name.

Reporting of hoax calls & nature of punishment :

As soon a person receives a hoax call, it should be reported immediately.  If the call is harming someone or results in any form of harm or loss, it is considered as a crime.  Legal action will be taken.  All calls cannot be considered as hoax calls.  The magnitude of the crime is taken into  consideration. 

If the offence is severe, the severe will be the punishment.  The punishment can vary from a two year jail term to life imprisonment. The major drawback is that not all hoax are officially registered. 

Reasons for making hoax calls :

Reasons for making hoax calls are many.  Sometimes it might be due to a dysfunctional family set-up.  It might be to due to negligent parenting.  Neglect leads to children turning a deaf year to everything. Sometimes it can be due to revenge or fear of missing flight.

A few cases of hoax calls in Bengaluru :

In August 2018 – Aditya Rao a resident of KHB colony in Manipal in Udupi district  made a hoax call to Kempe Gowda International Airport (KIA) to take revenge.  His job application  was rejected and this prompted him to take revenge on the authorities.    He made 4 calls to KIA.

His case is under trial in court.

In February 2019 –  a Bomb warning was given on the Surat-bound Air India flight.   Later the caller was identified as Prateek Rathore,  a 49 year old techie.  Prateek confessed making the call as he was running late and was worried about missing he flight.

His case is under investigation.

In April 2019 – a 65 year old  ex-army  man made a hoax call  claiming that major cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry Goa and Maharashtra will be hit by terror attach.

This case in under investigation.

In May 2019 – Name unknown.  A caller gave warnings to Air Asia  officials in Bengaluru city of possible danger to a flight.  The flight I5-588 as bound between Bagdpgra in  North Bengal to Kalkota. 

The case is under investigation.  

Method to Stopping a Prank Caller on a Mobile Phone :

Contact the police. If the call is threatening or harassing, it may violate local or state laws.  The methods to follow to stop the hoax calls are :

1)  Contact the police. If the call is threatening or harassing, it may violate local or state laws

2)  Screen-calls. The mobile phone should display the phone number of the hoax caller.

3)  Send hoax calls straight to voicemail.

4)  Block the hoax calls

5)  Using an app.

Ponzi scheme by fraudsters – Beware Bengaluru

Ponzi scheme by fraudsters – Beware Bengaluru

Ponzi scheme – by fraudsters are becoming a nightmare in Bengaluru city.  Bengaluru public went on a panic mode as  thousands fell victim to IMA ( I Monetary Advisory) jewel’s ponzi scheme by its owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan.  

Red flags had been raised about  IMA (I Monetary Advisory) way back last year.  But thousands of investors, majority from the muslim community failed to understand and get the real picture.

IMA Jewels – Ponzi scam :

Police have received around 8,500 complaints involving investments approximately worth Rs.1500 crore.   

On its website, IMA claims to have presence in bullion trading, educational academies offering pre-primary to higher secondary education, credit co-operative and housing society, health care services and a multispecialty hospital, hypermarkets and supermarkets, infrastructure and real estate development, printing and publishing and retail sales of gold, silver, diamond & platinum jewellery. 

Most of those who invested in the company belong to the minority community, working as auto-rickshaw drivers, beedi manufacturers, carpenters and street vendors.

Who is Mohammed Mansoor Khan?

Image mansoor khan

IMA or I Monetary Advisory Jewels was launched in 2016 and Khan was its promoter and Managing Director. Khan is believed to have houses in Jayanagar as well as Richmond town in the city. He also launched a second outlet of the jewellery store in Jayanagar in 2018.

One of the sister concerns, IMA Advisory Private Limited, however, describes itself as a 13-year-old company. Investors are spread across the various subsidiaries and returns were being paid for a while before they stopped a few months back.

Khan claims that the IMA group has properties worth Rs 1,050 core in the city. The group claims to have a clientele of seven thousand.

Some of its board of directors are Nasir Hussain, Naveed Ahmed Nattamkar, Nizammuddin Azeemuddin, Afshan Tabassum, Afsar Pasha and Arshad Khan.

Group companies of IMA :

Group companies include IM Digital, IM Trends, IM Entertainment, IM Zayee, IMAIP Bullion and Trading, MMK Institute of Education, IMAW Jewellery, IMA Women Empowerment Business Module. Most of these were set up as limited liability partnerships.

Highlights of IMA Ponzi scam :

In an audio clip, IMA Jewels owner allegedly said he is “tired of bribing corrupt politicians and bureaucrats”

As soon the audio went viral, investors gathered at the IMA Jewels headquarters, demanding action against him

Police suspect that at least 26,000 investors from across Karnataka have been cheated

The principles of IMA according to their website :

  • Belief in Allah Subbanahu Wa Ta’ala
  • No interest
  • No haram investments
  • Financing based on real assets
  • Risk sharing

Why public get interested in Pvt. Organisations?

Some are of the opinion that due to lack of deposit schemes by banks, public are opting for investment in private  co’s. 

The interest amount paid by private financiers are on a higher side and this lures the people to invest their hard earned money in ponzi schemes.

Normally banks offer an annual interest of around 7% whereas ponzi schemes offer 2.5% monthly interest which comes to around 30% p.a.

The returns on the investment encourages public to invest in these private co’s.

The closure of popular Janada Deposit schemes by banks may have led to rise of Ponzi Schemes and fraud firms.  The Janata Deposit Scheme suited the needs of many people. The public included businesspersons, professions, daily wage labourers, traders and home makers.

How ponzi scheme works :

Information about these schemes spreads by words of mouth.  The fraudulent operators usually avoid being in touch with the investors.  The Co. will not have any accountability or do they give any record of having received money. 

All the transactions are done without using banks so there will not be any money trail. Some of the private operators offer higher rate of interest to lure more investors quickly.

For example IMA largely offered three kinds of investments. The first one was a business investment, which guaranteed around 3 per cent return per month.

The second one was an education investment scheme, which offered similar rate of annualized return during March-April to the investee.

The third one was a marriage investment that would fetch around Rs 5-6 lakhs in five years over Rs 50,000 investment

Another case which came to light is the Karvy group. 

Karvy group scam :

The Bengaluru police has booked the top officials of another fraudulent firm, Karvy group for cheating its investors by promising huge returns.

Operating under many firms, Karvy Group of Co’s had allegedly cheated its investors by promising them a secure investment and 20% returns.

Like IMA, most of the complainants in Karvy have also invested a major part of their life savings in the firm hoping for a better future. Some had invested for their children’s marriage while others hoping for a steady even income after their retirement. But it came as shock to the investors when the money flow halted suddenly.

Among those booked include directors of Karvy Stock Brokers, Karvy Realty India Pvt. Ltd. and Karvy Capitals, who allegedly cheated investors by promising 18-20% returns.

Cheated Amount  and reasons :

Till now, nine investors, have been cheated of Rs.3.81 crore, have filed a complain at Basavanagudi police station. 

Some of the complainants are retired professionals from different fields and had invested  all their savings.  When the returns stopped coming, it was a shock to the investors. 

The reasons given by the company for non payment is demonetization and GST.  Some of the cheques given by the company were bounced. 

Wake up call:

The above mentioned incidents are a wake up call to the public to consider before investing their hard earned money.  Even though the returns are less, opting for government backed institutions are always safer.

Even if the returns are 10% or more, investing in private co’s are always risky. 

It is always better to take advice and to enquire about the financial status of private co’s before investing. 

Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly STP under CSR

Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly STP under CSR

Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly Sewage Treatment Plant as part of a multi-stakeholder initiative with BBMP.

In a unique initiative, leading corporates in Bengaluru have come together to partner with United Way Bengaluru (UWBe), BBMP and Citizen’s Group to construct an eco-friendly Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 1 million litres a day (1MLD) capacity at the Mahadevapura Lake in the city.

Mahadevapura Lake :

Mahadevapura Lake is on 22 acres and is located in the east of Bengaluru between Purva Parkridge and Durga Rainbow Apartments. It is frequented by many local residents who enjoy the provided walking path.

There are two wetlands, one in the southeast and the other in the northeast of the lake. In total, there are 4 inlet points and 1 outlet from the lake. Of the 4 inlets which carry sewage, 3 overflow into the lake during any flood event and one enters directly into the wetland area that is to the southeast side of the lake.

United Way Bengaluru – Mahadevapura Lake initiative :

Every city has a plethora of serious, unique, and multifaceted issues — from environment and health to income and education. To truly overcome these challenges and make a worthwhile difference, one must bring together everyone involved — everyone with a common interest and purpose, to work on a solution for a better Bengaluru. United Way Bengaluru do just that.

Established in 2008, United Way Bengaluru is a not-for-profit organization that works with communities to take local action for global impact. They partner with the people, listen to their concerns, identify the problems, and empower them to tackle these challenges head on. But they don’t stop there — they ensure their efforts reap long-term returns by staying connected with the communities.

And that’s how United Way Bengaluru bring visible, lasting change.

Wake the Lake campaign :

Lakes have always been the lifeline of Bengaluru. Unfortunately, years of economic growth and population expansion have had their consequences — in as little as 40 years; the 380 lakes in Bengaluru have been reduced to just 81.

Wake the Lake is United Way Bengaluru’s flagship campaign that aims to make a difference by reviving the dying lakes of Bengaluru. This initiative is a strong demonstration of the collaboration between civic bodies, corporates and citizens for the larger good. That’s not all; the Government of Karnataka has been the NGO’s biggest patron in supporting this initiative.

Over the last decade, Wake the Lake has successfully reclaimed and restored over 20 lakes, which were on the verge of complete collapse. This process of restoration involved clearing them of sewage, improving the quality of water, greening the lake environs and turning them into active community spaces.

Sewage Treatment :

Sewage treatment is the process of removing contaminants from municipal waste water,  containing mainly household sewage-plus some industrial waste water, Physical, chemical, and biological processes are used to remove contaminants and produce treated waste water (or treated effluent)) that is safe enough for release into the environment.

A by-product of sewage treatment is a semi-solid waste or slurry, called sewage sludge. The sludge has to undergo further treatment before being suitable for disposal or application to land.

STP at Mahadevapura Lake :

The STP is an eco-friendly natural solution. It is a chemical free process with minimum dependence on electricity for treating the wastewater. It is an anaerobic process called DEWATS, which aims to mimic natural processes by providing the right conditions for microbial action.

The Bangalore-based Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society (CDD Society) have provided the technical expertise for design and implementation of the STP. The construction was led by Revlon Build tech. 

Supporters of STP at Mahadevapura Lake :

The project is supported by Amazon, Mphasis, Dell Technologies, HTC Global and BORDA, the multi-stakeholder effort is aimed at rejuvenating the Mahadevapura Lake, which adjoins their offices at Bagmane World Technology Centre. The STP will tap and treat 1MLD wastewater flowing in an adjoining drain and discharge it into the lake every day.

About Amazon Cares  :

Amazon believes that the most radical & transformative inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity and pursue their dreams. Amazon Cares demonstrates the philosophy of being ‘good neighbors’ through the activities undertaken in areas where employees and customers live.

The Company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its contributions to create opportunities and transform lives.

 Amazon Cares currently runs several programs such as Gift a Smile that is transforming & enabling new ways of giving and Amazon in the Community that is empowering local communities with tools & services that enable them to create opportunities for their growth. 

Speaking on the STP initiative at Mahadevapura lake, Kishore Thota, Director Customer Experience and Marketing, Amazon India says, “We are happy to associate with UWBe and BBMP to align efforts around intergovernmental initiatives to contribute to and preserve the city’s ecological systems to positively impact the local communities. The rejuvenation of the Mahadevapura Lake will be able to restore the rich biodiversity and inspire citizens to create hubs for a vibrant socio-cultural life.”

About Mphasis

Mphasis applies next-generation technology to help enterprises transform businesses globally. Customer centricity is foundational to Mphasis and is reflected in the Mphasis ‘Front2Back’ Transformation approach. Front2Back™ uses the exponential power of cloud and cognitive to provide hyper-personalized digital experience to clients and their end customers.

Mphasis’ Service Transformation approach helps ‘shrink the core’ through the application of digital technologies across legacy environments within an enterprise, enabling businesses to stay ahead in a changing world. Mphasis’ core reference architectures and tools, speed and innovation with domain expertise and specialization are key to building strong relationships with marquee clients.

According to Meenu Bhambhani, Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Mphasis, “We have a responsibility to give back to the society we reside in and this project with UWBe and BBMP is one such effort. We hope this initiative will bring back the lake its lost glory. This is a classic example of collaboration to safeguard the nature for our future generations.’’ 

About Dell Technologies:

Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 98 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

Sarv Saravanan, Corporate Senior Vice President & General Manager, India Center of Excellence, Dell Technologies said, “We at Dell Technologies have always been committed to the good of the people and the planet. The STP initiative at Mahadevapura Lake is an extension of this commitment. We are glad to partner with UWBe, BBMP and other corporates.”

27 lakes to be taken up by BBMP – Bengaluru

27 lakes to be taken up by BBMP – Bengaluru

27 lakes in Bengaluru will be taken up by BBMP for restoration.  The project will be taken up on the ‘comprehensive development” plan.

Bengaluru, also known as the ‘Garden city’ of India, was dotted with numerous lakes. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru  and his successors built more than hundreds of lakes and tanks in the city which are now slowly fading out from the heart of the city due to rapid urbanization and discharge of effluents in the water bodies.  

Status of lakes in Bengaluru :

  1. Eutrophication of lakes because of nutrient input
  2. Inflow of sewage to lakes
  3. Shrinkage of water body
  4. Solid waste dumping in the periphery of lakes
  5. Encroachment of lake and urbanization in catchment area
  6. Reduced storm water flow to lake body due to interception in catchment area and deforestation
  7. Shoreline erosion
  8. Weed growth

Lakes in Bengaluru :

Lakes in Bengaluru are numerous, and there are no rivers close by.  Most lakes in the Bengaluru region were constructed in the sixteenth century by damming the natural valley systems by constructing bunds.

The effect of urbanization has taken some heavy toll on the Beautiful lakes in Bengaluru. The lakes in Bengaluru have been largely encroached for urban infrastructure and as result, in the heart of the city only 17 good lakes exist as against 51 healthy lakes in 1985.

Urban development has caused 19 lakes getting converted to bus stands, Golf courses, playgrounds and residential colonies, and few tanks were breached under the malaria eradication program.

BBMP to breathe life into 27 lakes :

The BBMP will be fixing inlet and outlets, creating wetlands, island sand repairing the existing bunds.  The work includes desilting to increase the holding of water capacity. 

The State government has sanctioned Rs.348 crore for the rejuvenation project. The BBMP proposed to include public toilets, fencing, children’s park. boating and other small parks.

27 lakes – Zone wise rejuvenation :

The civic body is planning to rejuvenate lakes zone wise.   They zones where lake are identified are :

Mahadevapura zone – 9 lakes

Bommanahalli zone – 13 lakes

Rajarajeshwarinagar Zone – 2 lakes

Dasarahalli Zone – one lake

Yelahanka Zone – one lake

Bengaluru South Zone – one lake

According to a BBMP official the work will be done on stages.  They are going to do entry level revival with respect to storm-water drains. Diversion channels will be revived so that the sewage water is prevented from entering the water bodies.

Tenders have been called for the project and the work will be starting very soon.

Name of lakes – 27 lakes to get new life :

  1. Kaggadasapura lake
  2. Hoodi giddanakere
  3. Nagarabhavi lake
  4. Jimkenahalli lake
  5. Kalkere Rampura lake
  6. Nagareshwara – Nagenahalli lake
  7. Abbigere lake
  8. Shivanahalli lake
  9. Talghatapura lake
  10. Mahadevapura Lake
  11. Mesthripalya Lake
  12. Nallurahalli lake
  13. Byrasandra lake
  14. Gunjur playa lake
  15. Basapura lake
  16. Basavanapura lake
  17. Chikka Begur lake
  18. Devarakere
  19. Doddakallasandra lake
  20. Gowdana Palya,
  21. Gubbalalu lake
  22. Hulimavu lake
  23. Konappana Agrahar Lake
  24. Kammanahalli lake
  25. Vasanthapura lake
  26. Yelenahalli lake
  27. Daddabidarakallu lake

Co-operation with other departments :

The BBMP Lakes department should coordinate with storm water drain department and BWSSB to face any emerging issues to avoid future floods, back-flow pollution etc.

Deep desilting is also needed to resume the original depth of the lake.  Ecologists, environmentalists and hydro-geologists are to be involved.

Private adoption of lakes :

Five firms have signed an agreement with the Karnataka State government to adopt lakes in and around the Bengaluru city a few months back.

India Inc. came forward to adopt 6 lakes in Bengaluru for rejuvenation.  The 6 lakes adopted are Kenchenahalli lake by Meritor CVC India Ltd., Doddathogur lake by Elcia, Shikaripalya by Wipro, Yarandahalli lake and Kammasandra Lake by Biocon and Maragondanahalli lake by Timken India Ltd.

Lakes will not breach this monsoon :

For those living by the lakeside in Bengaluru, the monsoon is always a worry. The risk of flooding or even a breach cannot be ruled out. Surprisingly this year, the BBMP has said no lake is expected to breach or overflow. 

Breaching of a lake

Last year, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had identified some lakes ahead of the monsoon that could pose danger to the residents.

The lakes included Gubbalala Lake in Uttarahalli, Begur Lake, Vasanthapura Lake, Doddakallasandra Lake in Vasanthapura and others. These lakes reportedly had breaches due to weak embankments or had no embankment at all. 

Road flooding

BBMP officials did not rule out lakes overflowing this monsoon if the rainfall is too heavy.

To know more about lake rejuvenation read

Monsoon – Is Benglauru prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

Monsoon – Is Benglauru prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

Monsoon – Is Benglauru really prepared to face the coming Monsoon season.  With so many works under process one can imagine the plight of people during monsoon.

Even the best planned cities in the world may not be able to withstand nature’s fury, but all it takes for Bengaluru to crumble is just one rain. 

If the havoc wreaked by the pre-monsoon showers recently is any indication, the actual rainy season is certain to be a real hell, due to the complete lack of preparedness. 

Pre-monsoon showers, which saw houses flooded, traffic disrupted, trees and electric poles crashing and roads developing pot holes has already given Bengalureans a taste of things to come this monsoon season.

Same problems – every monsoon season :

Rapid urbanization lead to depletion of grasslands, draining of lakes, etc.  The population growth happened un-proportional to the Infrastructure growth. 

Pothole-riddled roads, sewage-infested lakes, stinking primary drains, slushy garbage floating on the sides of the roads and people buying boats to navigate roads which have turned into rivers. 

This was Benglauru in a nutshell after monsoon had wreaked havoc in the city in recent years.

Every year it is an all too familiar story of flooding, falling trees and power outages, but the civic and utility agencies rarely take precautionary measures.  They will be caught totally unawares when the skies open up.

With its waving topography, Bengaluru should never have faced the problem of flooding, but unplanned growth and illegal constructions have hindered the free flow of water to the hundreds of lakes that once dotted the city. 

Are Storm water drains Monsoon ready?

Work on building walls for storm water drains was stopped due to election code of conduct. This has also hampered the efforts to conduct survey to identify old and vulnerable trees. 

Bengaluru has approximately 842 kms storm water drain network built specifically to avert flood.  Only 300 to 400 kms. Of this network has permanent walls which are necessary to prevent rainwater from overflowing on to streets.

The reason for flooding in choking of road side drains with debris and silt.  The BBMP removes silt from roadside drains but the silt remains. This leads to usual flooding of roads.

Drains lack walls and overflowing lakes :

Building walls are one problem whereas silt accumulation is another.  This has reduced the carrying capacity of drains.

The existing lakes do not have the holding capacity as they have not been de-silted for years, leading to overflowing and consequent flooding. 

Accumulation of silt has reduced the water storage capacity of the lakes in the city.  Even a short spell of rain can result in choked and overflowing drains.  The city’s drains cannot take heavy rain.

Falling trees :

Once upon a time, Bengaluru was known for its green cover.  But the green cover is its most vulnerable and dangerous commodity when it pours.

Falling trees can cause huge damage.  They cut out power lines and falling trees causes blocked roads.

The BBMP has handed over the task to forest cell to identify and secured old and vulnerable trees.  but conducting a tree survey is a time consuming job and requires co-ordination among different organisations.

BESCOM and BWSSB’s contribution :

The contribution of the water and electricity supply agencies, BWSSB and BESCOM, to the mess is also in no meagre measure. Though monsoon is round the corner, BWSSB is still continuing with its digging activities in many areas.

While BBMP fails to remove weak, old and dead trees in advance, BESCOM’s inefficiency in pruning branches that touch electric lines is one of the reasons for power failure at the first sign of rain.

Reasons for traffic jams during monsoon period :

Eain water logging in the city

People tend to take the main roads to avoid the shorter routes as they get water logged and are not really safe.  This increases the vehicle destiny sharply on the road.

There are trucks and other large vehicles on the same roads which take much of the area and they move quite slow as well.

The rains in here are usually accompanied by strong winds causing trees or branches to be uprooted. This blocks a significant part of the road.

People are cautious and tend to drive slower when it rains so even if the roads are clear the vehicles move slowly.

Water logging : a good chuck of already over burdened roads are rendered useless due to water logging. 

Areas underneath flyover act as a shelter for two wheelers from rain.  Many vehicles parked causes congestion.

Low visibility and safety concerns result in slow driving.

White topping of roads is a major concern in monsoon season :

A new scheme White-Topping under which it was planned to concretize all major arterial roads of the city is still going on. The lack of planning resulted in a very haphazard construction under the scheme.

There are certain two-way roads, only half of those are completed the rest of the half are still dug which will result in further inconvenience to citizens. Even few showers can result in flash floods and bring the entire city to a halt. Sadly, rain readiness begins as the rainy season begins.

Conclusion :

Why is the cleaning works not done on a regular basis, when a full team is employed to do such works. 

The rains will come and go. What we have seen, also, is that governments that promise to improve the infrastructure, clean up the city, and make Bengaluru ‘world-class’ also come and go.

But, for the most part, they don’t have the technical competence to develop the city, the administrative diligence to accompany it, or the political will to actually serve the public. On that front, it has been raining for decades.

Last year several rain-related deaths were reported in the city because of unpreparedness of the authorities. 

Significance of area names in Bengaluru

Significance of area names in Bengaluru

Significance of names of areas in Bengaluru is amazing and interesting.  We have so many regions and places in Bengaluru that most people wouldn’t know why are they named  and what they are named after.

Here are some places with significant names :

Did you know that HSR Layout stands for Hosur, Sarjapur road ?   

HSR Layout, short for Hosur-Sarjapur Road Layout, is a relatively new suburb located in south-east Bengaluru.  It has become a gateway to Electronic City, a major IT hub of the city.  HSR Layout has emerged as a posh locality of Bengaluru  with wide streets, parks and all modern civic amenities.

Residents Watch –  is the one and only news website dedicated to HSR Layout, Bengaluru. It has all the news and views about this mushrooming area since 2012.

Significance of name BTM Layout :

BTM Layout is a neighborhood in south of Bengaluru. Its official name is Kuvempunagara. BTM’s abbreviation is Begur, Taverekere and Madiwala. It is close to Jayanagar, JP Nagar, Bannerghatta Road, Tilaknagar, Taverekera and Madiwala making it one the popular residential areas in Benguluru.

The 1st Stage of BTM Layout is separated from the 2nd Stage by Outer ring road. BTM Layout is noted for its cafés, boutiques and music venues. It is home to renowed educational institutions and Hospitals.

Banashankari – significance of name :

Banashankari  abbreviated as BSK, is a suburb near South Bengaluru. It gets its name from the Banashankari Amma Temple on Kanakapura Road, one of Bengaluru’s oldest and well known temples constructed by Subramanya Shetty in 1915.

Banashankari is the largest locality in Bengaluru, extending all the way from Mysore Road to Kanakapura Road. It is bound by Girinagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar in the West, Basavangudi in the north, Jayanagar and J.P.Nagar in the East and Padmanabhanagar, Kumaraswamy Layout, ISRO Layout, Vasanthapura and Uttarahalli in the South.

Malleshwaram :

Malleswaram is a centuries-old residential area, known for its ancient temples. It’s named after the 17th-century Kadu Malleshwara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Malleshwaram is a North-Western suburb of Bengaluru city. It’s one of the zones of BBMP. It was developed as a planned suburb after the great plague of 1898,  which caused many people to move out of the city center.

Sampige Road is lined with stores selling anything and everything.

Significance of Cubbon park name :

This public park was first named as Meade’s Park after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysuru in 1870 and subsequently renamed as Cubbon Park after the longest-serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon.

To commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore State, in 1927, the park was again renamed as Sri. Chamarajendra Park, in memory of the 19th-century ruler of the state Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar (1868–94), during whose rule the park came into existence.

The formal gardens, from the central hall of the original Attara Kacheri (means 18 government offices) now the Karnataka High Court. Another impressive artistic structure is Iyer Hall, which houses the Central Library with a rose garden as a frontage.

It is un-disputedly the largest public library in the state as evidenced by the college students thronging to read here, and has the world’s most extensive collection of Braille books.

Other buildings located within or at the periphery of the park are 1) the Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, 2) the Venkatappa Art Gallery, 3) the Aquarium (stated to be the second largest in India), 4) the YMCA, 5) Yuvanika — the State Youth Centre, 6) Century Club, 7) Press Club, 8) Jawahar Bal Bhavan, 9) Tennis Pavilion, 10) the Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall and 11) the Ottawa Chatter.

Jayanagar –  name significance :

In Kannada, Jayanagar literally means “Victory City”. It is not conclusively known why it is called that. One school of thought is that the name symbolizes the Maharaja of Mysuru’s  first name: “Jayachamaraja”.

The foundation of Jayanagar was laid in 1948. It was one of the first planned neighbourhoods in Bangalore and, at the time, the largest in Asia

It is surrounded by Basavanagudi, JP Nagar, Wilson Garden, Banashankari 2nd Stage,  Gurappanapalya, Suddaguntepalya and BTM Layout among other areas. It is in proximity to the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Jayanagar has 10 area blocks.

Indiranagar :

Indiranagar was formed as a BDA layout in the late 1970s, and was named after the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

It is one of Bengaluru’s newer areas. It is bounded by the Ulsoor to the west, Domlur to the south, Byappanahalli to the north and Vimanapura to the east. Indiranagar is one of the most expensive localities in Bengaluru.

Significance of Basavanagudi name  :

The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull temple,  which contains a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull. The word Basava in Kannada means bull, and gudi means temple. 

Every year a two-day fair of peanuts is held near Dodda Ganesha Gudi or  temple of Basavanagudi called Kadlekai Parishe,  which translates to Groundnut Fair. Groundnuts are exhibited and sold during this event.

J.P.Nagar :

Jayaprakash Narayan Nagara, popularly known as J. P. Nagar, is an established residential area located in the south of the Bengaluru  named after prominent Indian leader Jayaprakash Narayan. It is located in proximity to prime residential areas such as Jayanagar, Banashankari, Bannerghatta Road and BTM Layout.

Significance of name Kengeri :

The name Kengeri comes from the Kannada words Tengu ( coconut) and Keri meaning place. The place is still surrounded by Coconut farms, most of them ruled by Vilperi the Coconut Baron. The place has been ruled by a number of dynasties including Gangas, followed by Cholas.

In 1050 AD, Chola king Rajendra Chola erected a Tamil inscription depicting details of grants made to Eshwara Temple at Kengeri.[1] The provinces of Kengeri and surrounding areas came under the control of Kings of Kukkalanadu, who had Kithnahally near Tavarekere as the capital and ruled Nelamangala, Ramanagaram, Bengaluru South (Actually, parts of Kanakapura district which was part of Bengaluru earlier and was considered Bengaluru  South) and Magadi taluks.

After Hoysala ruler’s regime, during the period of Vijayanagar Empire, Kengeri was vested with Yelahanka province administration. Later, when Maratha warrior Shahaji won Bengaluru. Kengeri came under Shahaji’s regime. During 1677 AD, King of Mysore Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar won Kengeri and was in the province of Mysore.

Rajarajeshwari Nagar :

The area was named after Rajarajeshwari Temple which is located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar. The locality has plenty of greenery.  Ideal Homes, BEML Layout, BHEL Layout, Krishna Garden, Halagevaderahalli, Kenchenahalli, Pattanagere, Gattigere, Channasandra and Ganakal are some of the sub-localities within Rajarajeshwari Nagar.

K.R.Market  :

 It is named after Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, a former ruler of the princely state of Mysuru. The market is located in the Kalasipalyam area, adjacent to the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. On Mysuru Road Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, on Mysuru Road at its junction with Krishnarajendra Road.  It is the first locality in the whole of Asia to get electricity and considered to be one of the biggest flower markets in Asia.

Fraser Town :

Fraser Town (sometimes corrupted as Frazer Town, officially Pulakeshinagar), is a suburb of Bengaluru Cantonment in Bengaluru North-East, spread over 4 kms. It was established in 1906 and is named after Stuart Mitford Fraser (1864-1963), who was the tutor and guardian of Krishna Raja Wodiyar IV, . Maharaja of Mysuru.

 Fraser Town was established to de-congest the growing Bangalore Civil and Military Station (otherwise known as the Bangalore cantonment).  The foundation of Fraser Town was laid in August 1910 by Mrs. F J Richards, with a commemorative plaque on the corner of Coles Road and Mosque Road.

Fraser Town is a residential and commercial suburb, the prominent roads being Promenade Road, Netaji Road, Madhavraya Mudaliar Road (M M Road), Haines Road, Spencer Road, Wheeler Road, Mosque Road, etc.

Hulimavu :

Hulimavu was previously known as Amarapura which came under the administration of Saarakeya (present day: Sarakki). Apparently Amarapura was derived from the word “Amra” or “Amru” which translates to Mango “Sourness”.

Over years the name has evolved to its present name Hulimavu which in Kannada literally means “Sour mango”. The then ruler of Saarakeya (17th century) is believed to have built the Kodandarama Swami Temple in Hulimavu for the well being of its citizens.

Significance of name Ulsoor :

There used to be a jackfruit orchard near the Ulsoor Lake, and the Kannada name for jackfruit being ‘Halasina Hannu’, the area came to be known as Halasuru. During the British rule, the name was anglicised to ‘Ulsoor’.

The first British military station was set up in Halasuru in 1807.

Marathahalli :

Marathahalli is an eastern suburb of Bengaluru city.  The locality is named after the Marut fighter aircraft developed at a HAL facility nearby.  They say that there was a temple of Maruti in the locality and Halli meaning village in Kannada.

Whitefield :

A huge number of Anglo Indians used this area to settle down post Independence.

In 1882, King Chamaraja Wodeyar IX, the Maharaja of the Mysore State granted 3,900 acres (16 km2) of land to the Eurasian and Anglo-Indian  Association for the establishment of agricultural settlements at Whitefield, which lay within his territory.

Significance of name Bellandur :

Bellandur is home to the Bellandur Lake that was built during the reign of the Western Ganga dynasty in the 10th century CE. Historical artifacts excavated along the bed of the Bellandur lake shows evidences of early human settlement in the region.

Dolmens, standing stones, stone circles, tools and other artifacts tracing their origin to the Megalithic Period  have been discovered in Bellandur. Another excavation carried out by historian D.R. Gordon in 1945 unearthed ancient Roman coins in the region.

During the reign of the Chola dynasty in the 11th century CE, Bellandur was called Vikrama Chola Mandala. Tamil inscriptions from Cholas have been found at Kammasandra near Bidarahalli. Inscriptions from the earlier Ganga Dynasty can also be found at the hero stone (veeragallu) of King Shri Purusha.

Vijayanagara :

Vijayanagar is a neighbourhood in Southwest Bengaluru.  It derives its name from the Vijayanagara empire that flourished in South India during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is bound by Mysore Road and Magadi Road, with Chord Road cutting through. It is the northernmost area in South Bengaluru..

Significance of name Sadashivnagar :

Sadashivanagar was created out of the former royal gardens, and is home to one of the original four towers built in 1597 by  Kempe Gowda I,  the founder of the city.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, the gardens of the Bangalore Palace (a summer home of the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysuru) were converted into a residential neighborhood, and this was when the first lots in Sadashivnagar were purchased.

Until the 1990s, Sadashivnagar was known as “Palace Orchards,” as it was built in the former royal grounds. It was renamed in honor of Karnad Sadashiva Rao,  a freedom fighter and philanthropist.

Koramangala :

Koramangala used to be swamp land once upon a time, famous for being marshy and mosquito-ridden. Name derived from the Kannada words ‘kora’ meaning overhaul and ‘mangala’ meaning ‘welfare.’

Lavelle road :

Michael Lavelle on 20 August 1873, applied for the right to carry on mining operations in Kolar. He started his work in a small village called Oorgaum.    The road is   Named after Michael Lavelle, an Irish soldier who discovered gold mining in Kolar.

Vittal Mallya Road or Grant Road ;

Vittal Mallya Road (formerly Grant Road): Named after Vittal Mallya, founder of UB Group

Kasturba Road :

This road was formerly known as Sydney road.  Now it is names after Kasturba Gandhi wife of Mahatma Gandhi.

Dollars colony :

As the name suggests, the homes in Dollars Colony was built by NRIs who turned to Bengaluru looking for its great weather and quiet lifestyle

Arekere :

The origin of the name “Arekere” comes from a water reservoir which is in the area. Are in Kannada means half, Kere in Kannada means a water reservoir or pond.

Basaveshwaranagar :

Basaveshwaranagar is named after Basavanna (also known as Basaveshwara), a social reformer whose followers comprise the Lingayat community.

Significance of name Domlur :

Derived from Tombalur, a kind of flower which is used to worship Lord Shiva. Other theory being Domalu (mosquito in Telugu) + ooru (village)

Significance of name Hebbal :

The word Hebbal is believed to be derived from the beautiful Hebba Lake which lies to the north. On the other hand when analyzed, the name Hebba-halla in Kannada, Hebba means big or large and word Halla for deep. It gives the meaning of Hebbala Kere or literally translated as a large deep lake.

Jeevanbheemanagar :

Originally, the area was developed for the employees of LIC (JEevan Bheema) and KPWD (Karnataka Public Works Department).  The area predominantly consists of LIC quarters consists of LIC quarters (types L, M, N, P) and  quarters (types A,B,C & D).

Rajarajeshwarinagar :

The area was named after Rajarajeshwari Temple which is located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar. The locality has plenty of greenery.

Nagarabhavi :

Naagarabhaavi means literally “a well of snakes”. It is not conclusively known, however, why it is called so. One school of thought is that the name is due to the high number of snakes present in the area. Also, some believe that it is called a “well” because of the surrounding hillocks that are no longer present due to urbanization

Significance of name Kodigehalli :

Kodigehalli is so called because it was a gift from the king, Veera Ballala to a resident of that area,an old lady who fed him.

Madiwala :

Translates to ‘washerman’ in Kannada. Years when Bangalore ended in Jayanagar, this area was full of washermen and hence the area got the same name.

The history of Madiwala dates back to many thousands of years ago. It is one of the oldest locality in Bengaluru. Seems to be central part of Bangalore, based on archaeological documents and the temple of Someshwara contains inscriptions that refer to the Chola kings having presided over the construction of the Temple of Someshwara in Madiwala

Sunkadkatte :

The area was like a tollgate which was next to Lake and in Kannada Sunka means Tax and Katte means place where we can sit.

Seshadripuram :

It  is a residential and commercial locality in the central part of the city of Bengaluru.  It is named after K.Seshadri Iyer who was a Dewan of Mysore State.

Doddanekundi :

The area was again dominated by Telugu origin where it was originally called as Dodda Nakka Vundi which means ‘There’s a big jackal there’ which then became Doddanekundi in the Kannada usage.

R.T.Nagar :

It is situated in the northern part of the city. It is named after Rabindranath Tagore.

TCS World 10K Run – Bengaluru 2019

TCS World 10K Run – Bengaluru 2019

TCS World 10K Run –  Bengaluru 2019 is fast approaching. It is on Sunday  the 10th May 2019.    Over 24,000 runners are set to take the road on the occasion. 

Looking at the success of the Mumbai Marathon and the Delhi Half Marathon, Procam decided to spread the distance running revolution to the garden city of Bengaluru in 2008. Today, the event is the world’s richest 10 Km run and has seen participation from top elite athletes in the world.

The TCS World 10k Bengaluru has always excelled in ways beyond running. It has opened new doors for people to reach out to the less privileged of the society and encourages them to do their bit.

Mike Powell, Marie Jose Perec, Carl Lewis, Maria Mutola, Linford Christie are few of the big names in sports who have been the event ambassadors of the TCS World 10K, which is one of Bengaluru’s most eagerly awaited events. South superstar Puneeth Rajkumar is the face of the event.

TCS World 10K Bangalore :

The World 10K Bengaluru (Known as the TCS World 10K Bengaluru) for sponsorship reasons by Tata consultancy Services (TCS) is an annual 10 km running competition.  The competition was first held in 20018 and usually takes place in late May.  The first three editions were sponsored by Sunfeast (ITC Limited).

The race, which is certified by AIMS-certified, begins and ends at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, after looping through the roads of Bengaluru.

The different race categories at the event are:

  • World 10K (participation restricted to International and National athletes)
  •  Open 10K (participation open to amateur runners)
  •  Majja Run (a 5.7 km run meant for fun runners)
  •  Senior Citizens’ Run (a 4.2 km run for Senior Citizens)
  • the Champions with Disability event (a 4.2 km event for persons with disability).

In addition to this there also is a 10 km Corporate Champions category in which companies can field a team of 3 members and compete to achieve the best aggregate time.

Face of the event – Puneet Rajkumar :

 He has been the face of TCSW10K since 2012.

Celebrating his continued association as the Face of the Event, Superstar Puneeth Rajkumar urged Bengaluru, to get on to the streets to Feel the Pride and sharing his thoughts, said, “The TCS World 10K over the years has encouraged a healthy lifestyle amongst all. But most importantly, the event has truly managed to bring the community together as a collective, a proud collective of hosts. It is this sense of belonging that we invite you to Feel the Pride in our city and call Bengaluru your home with pride.”

2019 TCS World 10K Run Event Ambassador – Arantxa Sanchez :

Former World No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez will be International Event Ambassador for TCSW10K Bengaluru. The Spanish legend who accumulated 14 Grand Slam titles – four singles, six doubles, and four mixed doubles is considered to be one of the most decorated Olympians in Spanish history winning four medals (two silver, two bronze).

At just 17, she reached the 1989 French Open final facing world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Steffi Graf. But she stunned one and all, and announced her arrival on the pro circuit, beating the German to win her first ever Grand Slam, becoming the youngest player ever to win the French Open.

Timings of the TCS World 10K run :

Start time : Women 7.10 am

                   Men 8.00 am

Start – Inside Sree Kanteerava Stadium

Finish – Inside Sree Kanteerava Stadium

The elite run will start fro the Sree Kanteerava Stadium and enter MG road through Kasturba road.  Then it progress to Dickenson road and then Cubbon Road.  It heads into the Cubbon  Park along Vidhana Soudha, goes past the Central Library and returns to the stadium via Corporation circle.

Medical  Partners :

Fortis Hospital are the official medical partners for the event.  Around 220 medical personnel will be present at the race.  There will be a base camp with 30 beds at the finish and two medical stations on the route.

Five doctors on bikes will the present along the route with 6 ambulances and 100 nurses.  More than 100 doctors are running in the event.

Tata Consultancy to celebrate 10 years of association with TCS World 10K :

The 12th edition of the world’s premier Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K, the IAAF Gold Label Race will be flagged off from the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on May 19.

This year as well organizers are expecting the consistency of attracting the best elite runners as well as enthusiastic amateurs from across the globe.

Commenting on a 10 year long association with the run, Nagraj Ijari, Vice President & Head, TCS Bangalore Operations said, “We are always excited to be back – and this year is even more special, because this year we celebrate our tenth year of being associated with this event. An association we feel that has gone by so fast.”

“Within TCS we also take fitness very seriously, and have multiple initiatives that support that vision including Fit for Life, that encourages a lot of people to clock miles. And last financial year we our Bangalore offices clocked about 2.3 million kms among all our associates in Bangalore and are confident to doubling the number with 4.6 million kms already registered,” he added.

Eco-friendly TCS World 10K run :

TCS World 10K over the years has consciously taken steps to be an environmentally friendly and a 100 per cent waste managed race.

HasiruDala Innovations, a social enterprise-focused on creating better livelihoods for waste pickers will spear-head and advise on different eco-friendly alternatives to ensure efficient waste management and over-see last mile disposal and consequent recycling plans.

Beyond being a globally acclaimed sporting event that puts Bengaluru on an international racing calendar, the TCS World 10K today is also recognized for the phenomenal impact it creates in terms of social change through the Cubbon Park Rejuvenation Program, Madiwalla Urban Forest and being the largest sporting charity platform in South India. This is what makes Bengalureans proud hosts of a race that is a celebration of sport and spirit of the city.

Women’s marathon world champion to run in Bengaluru World 10K :

 World champion and Asian Games marathon gold medallist Rose Chelimo of Bahrain will be one of the title contenders in the TATA Consultancy Services World 10K race here on May 19.

A total of 17 gold label athletes, nine men and eight women, will be seen at the starting line for the race. Seven of the 12 international elite men have personal best timings which are below the course record of 27:44 set by Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

Four of the 10 international elite women also have their personal best below the course record of 31:19 set by Agnes Tirop in the last edition. The Kenyan is returning to the city to defend her title.

Majja run and senior category run :

Among the participants, 6,046 will take part in the open 10k (10,000 metres) marathon, with 95 of the world’s best track and field athletes, road and amateur runners.

“Of the total, 6,595 are participating in the 5.7-km Majja run fun category, while 873 senior citizens and 723 in the physically challenged categories,” TCS Bengaluru head Nagaraj Nagaraj Ljari told reporters.  

Head-to-head races expected:

The 12th edition of the TCS World 10K promises to deliver enthralling head-to-head competition after the elite fields for the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday 19 May were announced.

Kenya’s Geoffrey Koech and Vincent Kiprotich Kibet finished 2018 as the third and fifth fastest men over 10km in the world last year with 27:18 and 27:21 respectively, both times considerably faster than the Bengaluru course record of 27:44 set by their compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop returns to the Garden City to defend the title – a feat never achieved before in the women’s race since the TCS World 10K was inaugurated in 2008 – she won last year. In 2018, Tirop set a course record of 31:19 after managing to shake off Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi with just 250 metres to go.

Prizes :

The TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019 has a total prize fund of US$213,000, with the men’s and women’s winners taking home US$26,000.

Brishti Bagchi – Indian female footballer

Brishti Bagchi, the first Indian female footballer to be invited to train for a contract with the world’s top football league, the Spanish La Liga!

Football is a relatively new entrant to the Indian sports fan’s radar, and women’s football even more so. It’s heartening then, when a young Indian footballer gets picked to train for a possible contract with the Spanish La Liga.

Journey of Brishti Bagchi :

Brishti is born and brought up in Bengaluru. Her father is a mathematician and mother is a statistician.  

Brishti’s  journey in football started when she was about 7 years old. Brishti  played football in school and also participated in numerous coaching camps outside school.

At the age of 9, she was officially selected to play for the Sports Authority of India (SAI) girl’s team under Chitra Gangadharan. Soon after, Brishti Bagchi also had the chance to represent the state team of Karnataka, at Senior and Junior nationals (as captain).

As soon as she finished school in 2012, Brishti Bagchi  got invited for trials in the USA with the Oklahoma City University Team.  She  was in a dilemma between going to the Indian camp versus being a student athlete in the US.

Brishti chose the later because it enabled her to have the opportunity to keep learning the game while earning a degree in Kinesiology. She was soon on the Oklahoma City Women’s soccer team, playing in the NAIA (National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics) league as a student athlete.

Playing for different universities :

While she was in the USA, Brishti played on two different university teams (Oklahoma City University & North Texas University club) and one semi-pro team (Dallas City Fc – B in the Women’s Premier Soccer League).

Brishti  graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas with 1.5 years of UG research experience.

La Liga Spanish League :

The 25-year-old soccer player has now been offered an opportunity to train in professional football in Spain. If all goes well, she will be the first Indian woman to play in the Division 1 La Liga (Spanish League).

From June, she is scheduled to begin training at an academy in Madrid and playing with reserve teams, provided she can muster enough funds. If she performs well, she stands to bag a contract to play club football professionally.

The major stumbling block remains finances as Brishti is not in a position to afford forcing her to urn to crowd-funding.

Current team – Brishti Bagchi:

Brishti is playing for Bangalore United FC in the ongoing Indian Women’s League in Ludhiana. 

She has played with Dallas City FC B in the Women’s Premier Soccer League in the United States.

Message to youngsters :

She has a message for young girls and their parents too: “They should always try to find out what their kids love doing and support them in that. Children should have faith in themselves. Especially when things start to fall apart, believe in your inner self and get going. It is a test of your determination as to how far you can go doing what you love.”

Brishti has started a fundraising campaign on Milaap where she has detailed her ambitions and struggles.  She is hoping for a corporate sponsor.

Dreams of Brishti Bagchi :

Brishti is keep to help in popularizing football among youngsters.  According to her, “Women’s football in India definitely has gone up.  I think there is more hope bur there needs to be more support.  I know they are working on it and hopefully it will happen in the future.”

Bengaluru’s Air pollution Beats New Delhi

Bengaluru’s Air pollution Beats New Delhi

Bengaluru’s air pollution  beats New Delhi.  The Garden City Bengaluru tops the list of major polluting cities in India.  Air Pollution is posing a severe problem in Bengaluru.  The city is getting gritty with particulate matter.  What exactly is blowing around?

Rising levels of particulate matter measuring 2.5 microns (which are fine dust) in the air is making the civic body BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) to wake up and take the matter seriously.

The contributing factors are increased industrial activity in the out-skirts and increase in number of vehicles.

Air pollution :

Air pollution has been a cause of worry globally. Vehicular pollution is among those concerns that contributes maximum to air pollution in Bengaluru.

Data indicates that 60-70% of the emissions is said to originate from vehicles. This makes the city the only one in India to be most impacted by vehicular pollution.

An air quality index (AQI) is used by government agencies to communicate to the public how polluted the air currently is or how polluted it is forecast to become.

As the AQI increases, an increasingly large percentage of the population is likely to experience increasingly severe adverse health effects.

How does Bengaluru rate in the Air Quality Index (AQI) ?

Not too good. It has been found that the biggest air pollutant in the city is particulate matter (PM), specifically PM10 and PM2.5. These are tiny, irritant suspensions in the air that tend to enter and cause respiratory and even cardiovascular diseases.

The air has reached a very high level of pollution. Effects can be immediately felt by individuals at risk. Everybody feels the effects of a prolonged exposure.

Reasons for air pollution :

With growing vehicle numbers and resultant congestion and dieselization, air pollution is a growing concern in Bengaluru. The city is losing its inherent advantage of dominant commuting practices – use of bus and walking at the cost of clean air and public health.

Bengaluru needs stringent measures including leapfrogging emissions standards to Euro VI, curbing dieselization, scaling up of public transport, carpooling and walking for clean air.

Walkers and public transport users are inhaling very high pollution in Bengaluru. AC car users are also not safe.  There is a strong variation in exposure depending on the mode of transport.

The open modes like walking, open buses and autos show a very high level of exposure than ambient levels. It is also the dominant approach. Even AC cars with windows rolled up to have as high as 125 micro-grammes per cum. Commuters on sustainable modes are more at risk.

Causes of Bengaluru’s air pollution :

Air pollution has been a cause of worry globally. Economic growth of cities has influenced the spatial patterns of emission sources, directly impacting public health.

Bengaluru’s rapid development and changing landscape followed by lack of planning has led to several urban concerns, with air pollution being a crucial one.

Contributors to air pollution are unique to each city. Vehicular pollution is among those concerns that contributes maximum to air pollution in Bengaluru. 

Data Indicates that 60-70% of the emissions is said to originate from vehicles. This makes the city the only one in India to be most impacted by vehicular pollution.

Central Pollution Control Board :

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, 14 areas in Bengaluru including Central Silk Board Junction, ITPL Whitefield Road and Domlur Circle, which are key commercial areas in the city, have harmful particulate matter levels exceeding the national standards by a significant margin.

A study conducted by Urban Emissions also shows that Bengaluru’s pollution levels at three times the WHO’s safety limit.

Health concerns:

It may be noted that over the last two decades efforts are being made at local levels to assess the health impacts of air pollution. There is enough evidence to act urgently to reduce the public health risks to children, elderly, poor and all.

Bengaluru have to take action now to reverse the trend of short-term effects as well as the long-term toxic effects. For toxic effects to surface, there is a long latency period, therefore, exposure will have to be reduced today.

Addressing air pollution and health risk has assumed greater importance after the release of the global burden of disease that has ranked air pollution as the fifth largest killer.

Studies in Bengaluru shows the health impacts of air pollution, especially on children. Stunning evidence is available on health impacts on traffic policemen who are directly exposed to traffic pollution.

BBMP’s Action to control Bengaluru’s Air pollution :

The Civic body of Bengaluru, BBMP has deployed its team of Assistant Executive Engineers. These engineers are attached with the Road Infrastructure wing to clear the silt and dust deposited on the major and busy roads of Bengaluru.

The Assistant Executive Engineers will be using mechanical sweepers on major roads in 12 high density corridors in the city.  The BBMP will be adding 17 mechanical sweepers.  The civic body already has a fleet of 9 machines.  This helps in covering 1200 km. of arterial roads.

BBMP Commissioner’s statement about Bengaluru’s air pollution :

According to N.Manjunatha, BBMP Commissioner, “due to constant rains and heavy vehicle movement, these roads are littered with silt and debris.  All these days, our Assistant Executive Engineers and Executive Engineers were attending to the potholes and asphalting.  But henceforth, they will also be working to ensure no dust or silt deposits on the road”.

Total length of Arterial roads – 1200 km.

Number of compactors – 25

High density corridors – 12

Number of sweeping machines – 25

Civil engineers to be deployed :  Assistant Executive Engineers – 25                                                     Executive Engineers – 8

Each assistant executive engineers will have 50km. of jurisdiction with one compactor and a mechanical sweeper.  Once the 17 mechanical sweepers arrive, the work will progress steadily.

Lesson’s from New Delhi :

Before spelling specific measures required to tackle the declining quality of air in Bengaluru, it would be worthy to look at the lessons learnt by New Delhi in its attempt to combat air pollution.

In the capital, one could notice that responses to declining air quality came as a knee-jerk reaction yielding measures that were too little too late. Measures such as banning of construction and usage of diesel generators and deployment of green marshals to enforce regulations had little impact on the overall air quality.

These instances indicate that solving air pollution must be a continuous effort supported by vigorous institutions, latest technology, citizen participation and progressive regulations.

The current situation in Bengaluru is an opportunity to address air pollution at an early stage and set the regulatory benchmark for other states to follow.

Why are Regulatory institutions weak to combat Bengaluru’s air pollution ?

The Air Pollution Act of 1981 allows for State Governments to regulate air pollution with the considerations of local factors. Unlike other environmental laws in India, which concentrate powers with the Central Governments, the provisions pertaining to air pollution provide sufficient scope for local authorities to develop innovative regulations.

However due to poor capacity of State level regulatory institutions, local governments have failed to realize the true intent of the law.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) suffers from a deficit of manpower, infrastructure and competence.

Policy and regulatory challenges – Bengaluru’s Air pollution :

Emissions from Vehicular pollution is said to be a key contributor to Bengaluru’s air pollution.  This is evidenced by the fact that Bengaluru is the most congested metro city in the country. 

Some of the important solutions mooted to address the facing challenges includes a strict parking policy and revision of motor vehicle taxes.   

The Karnataka Motor Vehicle Taxation Act 1957, which taxes motor vehicles during the time of registration, currently follows an archaic procedure of taxation. 

The Act makes the size of vehicle a critical component of the tax calculation process. This structure requires urgent revision, with a need to develop a linkage between motor vehicle tax and emission levels.

Conclusion  :

Improving Bengaluru’s Air pollution condition must become a priority- the situation in Delhi must provide authorities sufficient impetus to undertake early course correction.

The first step towards cleaning Bengaluru’s air pollution is to create an enabling environment for course correction and strengthen the decision making institutions. This structure will pave way for preparation of the much needed city wide action plan to combat air pollution.

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CBD roads-smart look under Smart City Project – Bengaluru

CBD roads-smart look under Smart City Project – Bengaluru

20 CBD (Central Business District) roads to get smart look in 15 months under Smart city Project.  The Bengaluru civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) recently issued work orders.

In simple words  a smart city is a municipality that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.

Smart city project by Central Government :

Smart Cities Mission, sometimes referred to as Smart City Project, is an urban renewal and retro-fitting program by the Government of India with the mission to develop 100 cities across the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable. 

The Union Ministry of Urban Development  is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the State Governments of the respective cities.

Description of project :

Smart Cities project envisions developing an area within 100 cities in the country as model areas based on an area development plan, which is expected to have a rub-off effect on other parts of the city and nearby cities and towns.

Cities will be selected based on the Smart Cities challenge, where cities will compete in a countrywide competition to obtain the benefits from this mission. As of January 2018, 99 cities have been selected to be upgraded as part of the Smart Cities Mission after they defeated other cities in the challenge.

How project works:

It is a five-year program in which, except for West Bengal, all of the Indian states and Union territories are participating by nominating at least one city for the Smart Cities challenge. Financial aid will be given by the Central and State Governments between 2017-2022 to the cities, and the mission will start showing results from 2022 onwards.

Each city will create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), headed by a full-time CEO, to implement the Smart Cities Project.  Centre and State government will provide Rs.1,000 crore (US$140 million) funding to the company, as equal contribution of Rs.500 crore (US$72 million) each. The company has to raise additional funds from the financial market as a debt or equity.

Smart city features :

Some typical features of Smart cities are:

  1. Promoting mixed land use in area based developments
  2. Housing and inclusiveness
  3. Creating walkable localities
  4. Preserving and developing open spaces
  5. Promoting a variety of transport options
  6. Making governance citizen friendly and cost effective
  7. Giving an identify to the city
  8. Applying smart solution and infrastructure and services.

Strategy of Smart city Project:

The strategic components of area based development in the smart city project are improvement, city renewal and city extension plus a pan-city initiative in which smart solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city.

Smart city concept :

A smart city is a designation given to a city that incorporates information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage and overall costs.

The objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.

A “smart city” is one that has developed technological infrastructure that enables it to collect, aggregate, and analyze real-time data to improve the lives of its residents.

The core infrastructure elements in a smart city includes:

  1. Adequate water supply
  2. Assured electricity supply
  3. Sanitation including solid waste management
  4. Efficient urban mobility and public transport
  5. Affordable housing, especially for the poor
  6. Robust IT connectivity and digitalization
  7. Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation
  8. Sustainable environment
  9. Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly
  10. Health and education.

Central Business District :

The Central Business District is the area with a diameter of 20 kilometers from Vidhana Soudha.  A central business district (CBD) is the commercial and business center of a city. In larger cities, it is often synonymous with the city’s “financial district”. The shape and type of a CBD almost always closely reflect the city’s history.

This is the main commercial area of Bengaluru. It has many high rises including World Trade Center, Bengaluru and UB Tower. The Collection in UB City is India’s first Luxury Shopping Mall of South India.

The Land prices are sky high,  Brigade Road, is Asia’s third most expensive street, Mahatma Gandhi Road (MG Road), Bengaluru  is 13th most expensive in Asia.  It also houses one of Bengaluru’s  oldest continuously operating high street Commercial Street.

Bengaluru as a Smart City :

Bengaluru was selected for the project but the work is being done very slowly.  The 20 selected located within the Central Business District (CBD) will provide the riders and pedestrians advanced scientific facilities.

The facilities include smart signaling, light-controlled crossing, digital information boards, good parking systems, solar charging ports, smart dustbins etc.

Bengaluru Smart city project smart features :

  1. Bicycle points
  2. E-Autos
  3. Smart bus shelters
  4. Digital information boards
  5. Eco sensors
  6. E-toilets
  7. Vending machines
  8. Smart vendor kiosks
  9. Solar lighting
  10. Smart telecom towers
  11. Smart parking systems
  12. Installation of adaptive traffic signals
  13. Pedestrian light-controlled crossing
  14. Smart dustbins
  15. Drinking water points
  16. Vendor kiosks
TenderSure Roads in Bengaluru :

The civic body BBMP will be building 20 roads under the Smart city project. The cost of the project will be Rs.230 crore.

Phase 1 covers the following roads :

  1. Kamaraj Road to Jumma Masjid Road
  2. MG Road to Commercial Street
  3. Dickenson Road to Kingston Road
  4. MG Road to Kamaraj Road (via Dickenson Road)
  5. Infantry Road from Ali Askar Road to Safina Plaza Complex (Main Guard Cross Road)
  6. MG Road to Shivajinagar Bus Stand and up to Balekundri Circle
  7. Bowring Hospital Road from Main Guard Cross Road to HSIS Gosha Hospital
  8. Miller’s Road from Chalunkya Circle to Cantonment railway station via Queen’s Road
  9. Raj Bhavan Road from Minsk Square to Basaveshwara Circle
  10. Magrath Road from Brigade Road up to Richmond Circle
  11. Convent Road from Richmond Road to Residency Road
  12. Hayes Road from Richmond Road to Residency Road
  13. Wood Street from Museum road to Richmond Road
  14. Castle Street from Museum Road to Richmond Road
  15. Tate Lane from Richmond Road to Castle Street
  16. Kasturba Road from Siddalingaiah Circle to Minsk Square via Queen’s Statue
  17. Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road from Richmond Circle to Hudson circle
  18. Lavelle Road from MG Road to Richmond Circle
  19. Brigade Road from MG Road to War Memorial junction.

The only pan-city project being taken up as part of the Smart City project is energy efficiency measures across the public lighting system in the city where Sodium Vapour lamps will be replaced by LED bulbs.  

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) Elections – May 29

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) Elections – May 29

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections will be held on May 29.  The total number of Urban Local Bodies in Karnataka are 277. The election will be having 1646 polling stations with 8230 personnel involved. 

The Karnataka State election commission announced elections for different local bodies, including city corporations and councils, panchayats and other urban local bodies.

This election is likely to test the resolve of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition and particularly its grass-root level workers who have been unable to overcome differences.

The Number of Urban Local Bodies going to polls are 63.  This includes 8 city municipal councils, 33 town municipal councils and 22 town panchayats.  The total number of wards are 1361.

Events Calendar – Urban Local Bodies :

Date of issue of notification – May 9 for 63 ULB’s

May 13 for by-polls to taluk and gram panchayats.

Last date to file nominations – May 16

Scrutiny of file nomination papers – May 17

Last date for withdrawal of nominations – May 20

Poling date – May 29 (7 am to 5 pm)

Total number of voters – 14.74 lakh

Total number of wards that will go to the polls : 1361 (248 in 8 City municipal councils, 783 in 33 Town Municipal Councils and 330 in 22 Town Panchayats)

Bypolls – Urban Local Bodies :

Bypolls to ULBs will also be held for vacant seats in ten taluk panchayats, 202 gram panchayats, two seats in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and one seat in Tumkuru corporation. Voting for bypolls will happen on May 29.

Urban Local Bodies election :

ULB polls are being held in 22 districts and model code of conduct will come into effect immediately, until May 31, in specific wards and ULB limits. ULB seats in Bengaluru rural (Anekal) and Urban (Devanahalli and Nelamangala) are going to polls.

Select CMC, TMC and TPs in Chitradurga, Davangere, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Chikmagalur, Dakshin Kannada, Hassan, Mandya, Chamarajnagara, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada, Bidar, Ballari and Yadgir will go to polls.

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) :

Urban Local Bodieshas existed since the year 1687, with the formation of Madras Municipal Corporation, and then Calcutta and Bombay Municipal Corporation in 1726. In the early part of the nineteenth century almost all towns in India had experienced some form of municipal governance.

In 1882 the then Viceroy of India, Lord Ripon, who is known as the Father of Local Self Government, passed a resolution of local self-government which laid the democratic forms of municipal governance in India.

History of ULB’s :

According to the 1991 Census of India,  there were 3255 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the country; classified into the four major categories:

  1.  Municipal Corporation (Nagar Nigam)
  2. Municipality (municipal council, municipal board, municipal committee) (Nagar Parishad)
  3. Town area committee
  4. Notified area committee

The municipal corporations and municipalities are fully representative bodies, while the notified area committees and town area committees are either fully or partially nominated bodies.

Responsibilities of Urban Local Bodies :

The municipal bodies are vested with a long list of functions delegated to them by the state governments under the municipal legislation. These functions broadly relate to public health, , welfare, regulatory functions, public safety, public infrastructure works and development activities.

Public health includes water supply, sewerage and sanitation, eradication of communicable diseases etc.  Welfare includes public facilities such as education, recreation etc. Regulatory functions related to prescribing and enforcing building regulations,   encroachments on public land, birth registration and death certificate etc. Public safety includes fire protection, street lighting etc

Public works measures such as construction and maintenance of inner city roads, etc.  and development functions related to town planning and development of commercial markets.

In addition to the legally assigned functions, the sectoral departments of the state government often assign unilaterally, and on an agency basis, various functions such as  family planning,  nutrition and slum improvement, disease and epidemic control, etc.

Municipal Corporation :

Mahanagar Palika (Munucipal Corporation ) in India are State Government formed departments that works for the development of a metropolitan city,  which has a population of more than 1 million.

The growing population and urbanization in various cities of India were in need of a local governing body that can work for providing necessary community services like health centres, educational institutes and housing and property tax.

They are formed under the Corporations Act of 1835 of panchayati rai system which mainly deals in providing essential services in every small town as well as village of a district/city. Their elections are held once in five year and the people choose the candidates.

The largest corporations are in the eight metropolitan cities of India, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune. These cities not only have a large population, but are also the administrative as well as commercial centres of the country.

Municipality ( Nagar Palika) :

The members of the Nagar palika are elected representatives for a term of five years. The town is divided into wards according to its population, and representatives are elected from each ward. The members elect a president among themselves to preside over and conduct meetings.

A chief officer, along with officers like an engineer, sanitary inspector, health officer and education officer who come from the state public service are appointed by the state government to control the administrative affairs of the Nagar Palika.

Existing Urban Local bodies in Karnataka :

There are total 103 urban local bodies whose term comes to an end between March and July.  39 urban local bodies are pending before the High court.   The highest wards are in Bidar (128), followed by Tumakuru (114) and Mysuru (95) districts.

Election Commission :

According to the Election Commission, electronic voting machines (EVM) will be used for polling with out VVPAT. (Voter verifiable paper Audit Trail).  Throughout India,  VVPATs are not being used in any Urban local bodies polls. 

Sale and manufacture of liquor is banned from May 13 to May 31 in the 10 taluk panchayat and 202 gram panchayat seats.  Where EVM’s are not used, ballot papers will be used for the rural bypolls. 

Alliance – Urban local bodies :

The Coalition parties, who have fought fierce battles in south Karnataka over the decades, decided to form an alliance to circumvent the fractured verdict in the May assembly elections last year.

So intense is the fight between their workers that the JD(S) and Congress decided to go in for a ‘friendly fight’ in the August 2018 ULB election, despite the two coming together earlier in the year to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in Karnataka.

The Congress has already announced that it will not have any alliance with the JD(S) for this election. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president, Dinesh Gundu Rao said that local leaders are free to enter into understanding depending upon local needs.

Congress had earlier confirmed to its workers that its electoral understanding with the JD(S) was limited to assembly and Lok Sabha polls and it has of late found that the workers of both the Congress and JD(S) at local levels have been finding it very difficult to get along with each other as they have been harboring bitter political rivalry since long.

Garment workers call for fair deal – Bengaluru

Garment workers call for fair deal – Bengaluru

Garment workers in Bengaluru seek fair deal.   Bengaluru is India’s top producer and exporter of ready made dresses.  The city is the biggest manufacturer of ready made attire with over 1200 factories engaging around 4.5 to 5 lakh workers.

The garment industry in Karnataka is the largest employment provider next to beedi industry.  The majority of the workers employed in the garment industry in the state comprise of skilled, semi-skilled un-skilled and workers. Women form a 93 per cent of workforce in the industry.

Employment behemoth – Garment industry :

The Indian garment sector directly employs more than 24 lakh people – industry estimates say 45 lakh, only second to agriculture. Almost three-quarters of these are young women from rural backgrounds, often first-generation industrial workers.

They are the backbone of an industry that contributes 11% to India’s exports, and over 5% to the gross domestic product. Driven by a strong domestic market, the sector has been expanding, and the Union government’s Make in India program has identified garments and textiles as a priority area to encourage investment.

But garment companies pay the majority of its workers – tailors, helpers, store managers, packers, trimmers and button fixers – only minimum wages.

Static wages, gender bias – Garment industry:

For years, research has been done and shown that the factories pay their workforce an average of just Rs.8138 a month, including dearness allowance. The wages not given to workers su ms up to Rs.3449 according to unions. 

The wage is far short of what is needed  for a worker to sustain a family, build some savings, provide transport and afford quality health care and education.

Keeping wages low :

The Minimum Wages Act mandates a revision of wages by state governments every five years. But each time state governments revise the minimum wage, manufacturers challenge it by asserting that it would make the sector uncompetitive.

In Karnataka, in 2009, apparel producers challenged a hike in the minimum wage, from Rs 2644.20 to Rs 3,302, which the Labour Department then undid, citing “a clerical mistake”. It was only when the Garment and Textile Workers Union approached the Karnataka High Court that the revocation was struck down.

Many companies attempt to knock down labour costs through practices like seasonal contracting, rotation of workforce by constant firing and hiring, using cheaper migrant labour, shifting units to rural areas, forcing unpaid leave on workers during lean periods and enforcing overtime when there are orders.

Rally on Labor Day by Garment workers:

The Garment workers in Bengaluru took out a large rally on May day, demanding Rs.1862 crore which the factories owe them, better working conditions and protection from sexual harassment at the workplace. The age of most of garment workers were between 18 and 45 years.

In most of the garment factories, workers are asked to work extra hours but are not paid overtime.

2000 workers most of them women participated in the rally which started from Kanterava studio to TVS junction in peenya. The main highlight of the rally was poor wages and long working hours.

Peenya houses a large number of garment factories and is the hub of the business in the city.  

A long-term demand :

As the confusion and politics over the minimum wages seems to continue, the garment workers at the rally on May 1 put forward a bigger long-term demand: to legalise Rs 18,000 as the minimum wage for all workers in India. This includes anganwadi, ASHA, sanitation, construction and garment laborers.

Arunarani, a member of GLU said, “ “While we await the money that they owe us, we want to tell them that we actually deserve a much higher minimum wage, even higher than the one they had planned to give us – one that will help us lead our life with some basic dignity.”

Unions in Garment industry :

The unions in the garment industry help workers to air their grievances. The workers in the industry are always under constant threat of losing their jobs.

According to the union the companies in Bengaluru owe Rs 1862 crores to the 4.5 lakh garment factory workers. Unskilled workers – the majority in the industry – are paid only a meagre Rs 8138 per month currently, including dearness allowance. This category includes helpers, trimmers, housekeepers etc.

Sexual harassment, working conditions :

Alongside the demand for basic wages, the May 1 rally became a venue to discuss other long-standing and equally significant issues that women workers face in the garment industries.

An employee who has been working in the garment industry for the last five years and says she has been itching to film the kind of humiliation and harassment that women go through in the factories.

Instances of sexual harassment in the garment industry are very common, the workers say. “Rarely do women feel brave enough to complain against their male supervisors.  Arunarani said. “They are either worried about what their co-workers will think, or worried that their families will stop them from working if they find out. They end up tolerating it and living with it.”

In 44 years  – Minimum wages revised only 4  times:

Another major contention of the workers is that in the last 44 years of the garment industry in the State, minimum wages of workers was revised only four times overall.

But as per the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, state governments should revise wages every 3-5 years. This means, garment workers’ wages should have been revised at least eight times instead of four. 

Conclusion :

The battle and burning problems and issues faced by the Bengaluru’s garment workers still remain largely out of the public eye. This is not a fight that can be fought alone – workers need support from the media, lawyers, NGOs, and active citizens to highlight  their issues in the public domain; to hold the government and companies accountable; and to ‘visibilize’ the violence and discrimination they face.”

A study on the statutory minimum wages and work intensity for garment workers shows that more than 60% of their wages goes into house rent, basic provisions and transportation changes leaving little for expenses on education and health.

Work in garment factories is back breaking and affects women’s health. Their wages are too meagre to save for a rainy day or retirement. But for poor unskilled women, there are few alternatives. 

Sewage into SWDs – Action on property owners – Bengaluru

Sewage into SWDs – Action on property owners – Bengaluru

Sewage into SWDs – Sewage water is being let into the SWD’s in Bengaluru by 497 properties. The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) has issued notices to 389 of the property owners in namma Bengaluru ranging from houses to business establishments.

Bengaluru Topography :

Bengaluru is draped over the Deccan Plateau at an altitude of 949 meters (3113 ft.) above sea level, which gives it possibly the best climate among all the cities in India. Legend has it that Bengaluru  got its name from the words “BendhaKaaLu” (which means boiled beans in the local language Kannada).

King VeeraBallala of the Vijayanagara kingdom was once lost in a forest and happened to stumble upon a lonely cottage. An old woman that lived there could offer the starving king only boiled beans “BendhakaaLu” and the place came to be known as “BendhakaaLuooru” (ooru in Kannada means a city).

BendhakaaLooru later came to be known as BengaLooru in Kannada and Bangalore in English. However, historical evidence shows that “BengaLooru” was recorded much before King Ballala’s time in a 9th century temple inscription in the village of Begur. Even today “BengaLooru” exists within the city limits in Kodigehalli area and is called as “HalebengaLooru” or “Old Bangalore.”

Bangalore water supply and Sewage board :

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is the premier governmental agency responsible for sewage disposal and water supply to namma Bengaluru.. It was formed in 1964.

BWSSB currently supplies approximately 900 million liters (238 million gallons) of water to the city per day, despite a municipal demand of 1.3 billion liters. Water for the city (with a population of 10 million) comes from a number of sources, with 80% of it coming from the Cauvery river.  Water is also drawn from the Arkavathy river, but the supply does not meet the demand.

Storm water drains – sewage seeping in:

A storm water drain is an infrastructure designed to drain excess rain and ground water from impervious surfaces such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, footpaths, sidewalks, and roofs. Storm drains vary in design from small residential dry wells to large municipal systems.

Drainage/Sewage and storm water in the same drain

Drains receive water from street gutters on most motorways, freeways and other busy roads, as well as towns in areas with heavy rainfall that leads to flooding  and coastal towns with regular storms.  Even gutters from houses and buildings can connect to the storm drain.

Many storm drainage systems are gravity sewers  that drain untreated storm water into rivers or streams — so it is unacceptable to pour hazardous substances into the drains.  Storm drains often cannot manage the quantity of rain that falls in heavy rains or storms.  Inundated drains can cause basement and street flooding.

In many areas require detention tanks inside a property that temporarily hold runoff in heavy rains and restrict outlet flow to the public sewer. This reduces the risk of overwhelming the public sewer. Some storm drains mix storm water (rainwater) with sewage,  either intentionally in the case of combines sewers, or unintentionally.

Relationship to sanitary sewer systems :

Storm drains are separate and distinct from sanitary sewer systems. The separation of storm sewers from sanitary sewers helps prevent sewage treatment plants becoming overwhelmed by infiltration/inflow during a rainstorm, which could discharge untreated sewage into the environment.

Many storm drainage systems drain untreated storm water into rivers or streams. Many local governments conduct public awareness campaigns about this, lest people dump waste into the storm drain system.

Combined sewers :

Cities that installed their sewage collection systems before the 1930s typically used single piping systems to transport both urban runoff and sewage. This type of collection system is referred to as a combined sewer system (CSS).

The cities’ rationale when combined sewers were built was that it would be cheaper to build just a single system. In these systems a sudden large rainfall that exceeds sewage treatment capacity is allowed to overflow directly from storm drains into receiving waters via structures called combined sewer overflows.

Contaminated water enters storm water drain

Storm drains are typically at shallower depths than combined sewers; because, while storm drains are designed to accept surface runoff from streets, combined sewers were designed to also accept sewage flows from buildings with basements

The BBMP vs BWSSB ‘passing the parcel’ game :

When it rains in Bengaluru, the rajakaluves or storm water drains will overflow as there is no scope for the water to seep into the ground.  The biggest problem is that the BBMP is in charge of storm water drains, while the BWSSB is responsible for managing Bengaluru’s sewage system.

Both BBMP and BWSSB are passing the buck.  It has been decades and no one is bothered to rectify the city’s sewage and storm water drain system.

So many sewage lines are connected to the Storm Water Drains.  People have been ranting about this issue and the agencies are not doing anything.

Notice to property owners – Sewage into SWDs :

The BWSSB has sent notices to 389 property owners and is in the process of puling up the remaining ones.  The details of the violation has been sent to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

Apartment’s sewage water seeping into the storm water drain

The notice issuance is in the wake of the National Green Tribunal’s direction to the Karnataka State Government.  The direction is to take action and to plan to put an end to the contamination of run-off rainwater in SWDs.

Some of the Property owners – Sewage to SWDs :

Many apartment owners like Pebble Creak, Brooke Enclave on ITPL Main road, Chaitanya Prestige Shantiniketan on Whitefield road, Gopalan enclave on ECC road.  `

The educational institutions are also included in the list.  They are Shree Chaitanya Techno School in Mahalakshmi layout and also a number of paying guest accommodations in Ambedkar Nagar.

Apartment’s sewage discharge

The eastern part of Bengaluru top the list with 276 properties violating the rules. The BWSSB board is imposing a fine of Rs.5000 to violators all these time.  But now the BWSSB board wants to take the opinion of the legal cell to take serious action.

Option to property owners – Sewage connection :

Those property owners who are willing to follow the rules, the board will be imposing a penalty and to apply for the sewage connection.    The board is planning to take property owners who are violating to the court.  According to the Board KSPCB (Karnataka State Pollution Control Board) can file criminal cases against violators.

Legal actions will be taken against large apartment owners if found guilty .  Even individual houses will not be spared.

Need of the hour :

The unauthorized, rampant encroachment of marshlands and bugger zones of lakes, obstruction sewer pipes and manholes, encroachment of store water pipes, garbage dumped in the Storm Water Drains have blocked the outlets of rainwater.

What is needed in namma Bengaluru is a need of a shared project with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to have all the sewage go into trunk sewers on either side of the drain. The reason Bengaluru has faced floods is there is no place for sewage, which flows back into lakes.

45 Lakes revival in Bengaluru by 2025

45 Lakes revival in Bengaluru by 2025

45 lakes revival in Bengaluru by 2025 is the dream of Anand Malligavad.  He has Rejuvenated three near-dead lakes on the city’s outskirts through a ‘natural,’ citizen-driven way.

Bengaluru in earlier days was very well known as “The City of Lakes“. Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru, who had broad vision, established several tanks and lakes to impound runoff water, so that the same could be utilized for better purposes and also enhanced the beauty of our garden city.

The farsighted founder dotted the city with numerous lakes/tanks in and around the city to ensure, that its citizens would always have abundance of water to drink, irrigate their lands and use for secondary purposes.

History of Lakes in Bengaluru :

The earliest history of creation of lakes in and around the city is traced to the founders of Bengaluru –the Kempe Gowdas– in the Sixteenth century and later by the Wodeyars of Mysore Kingdom and the British.

Most lakes in the Bengaluru region were constructed in the sixteenth century by damming the natural valley systems by constructing bunds.

Most of the lakes and tanks were man-made for purposes of drinking water, irrigation and fishing needs and they have also favorably influenced micro-climate of the city.

The lake waters have also served as “Dhobhi Ghats” or places where washer–men have traditionally used them as a means of livelihood for washing clothes and drying them. The lakes have also served to replenish ground water resources in the vicinity, which are tapped through wells for drinking water.  

Role of Lakes – reasons for lakes revival:

In the urban area of Bengaluru, water bodies cover about 5% of the land. The lakes of Bengaluru  have attained an important ecological status as the lakes have turned into lentic-closed aquatic habitats. These lakes form a unique irreplaceable system.

The man-made lakes of this zone can be viewed as a basin with several zones of water at varying depths, abutting a deeper zone that lies towards the bund.

The zonation is dynamic and promotes the growth of variety of emergent, floating, anchored floating and submerged vegetation, each of which shows a preference for a particular range of water depths. 

Lakes revival – Importance of lakes to Bengaluru  :

The city of Bengaluru does not have any perennial river. It is dependent on the Cauvery river, about 140 km away for water. The naturally undulating terrain of Bengaluru city, with its hills and valleys, lends itself perfectly to the development of lakes that can capture and store rainwater.

The lakes in Bengaluru form a chain of hydrological connection through them. The flow of water runs from North to South-East as well as South-West along the natural gradient of the land.

During monsoons, the surplus water from the upstream lake flows down into the next lake in the chain and from there further down. This connectivity did not allow an overflow of water out of the lake into the surrounding area as additional quantity of seasonal water was transferred to other lakes.

The lakes thus forms a chain of reservoirs in each of the three valley systems. Each valley at the ridge top gives birth to small streams. These cascades down to form major stream systems in three valleys namely Hebbal Valley, Koramangala & Challaghatta Valley and Vrishabhavati Valley.

These valleys are the repository of all the lakes in Bengaluru and these lakes themselves are interlinked to each other through a series of chains of lakes giving a cascading effect to the whole system.

Need for Lakes revival – Encroachment of lakes :

Most of the lakes have vanished due to encroachment and construction activity for urban infrastructure expansion. The city once had 280-285 lakes of which 7 cannot be traced, 7 are reduced to small pools of water, 18 have been un-authorizedly encroached by slums and private parties.

14 lakes have dried up and are leased out by the Government. 28 lakes have been used by the Bangalore Development Authority to distribute sites and build extensions for residential areas. The remaining lakes are in fairly advanced state of deterioration.

The lakes which was used for other purposes are :

  • Challaghatta lake changed to Karnataka Golf Association
  • Koramangala lake changed to National Games Complex in Ejipura
  • Siddikatte Lake has now become Krishnarajendra Market
  • Karanji tank is the Gandhi Bazar area
  • Kempambudhi is now a sewerage collection tank
  • Nagashettihalli lake changed to Space department
  • Kadugondanahalli lake changed to Ambedkar Medical College
  • Domlur lake changed to BDA layout
  • Millers lake changed to Guru Nanak Bhavan, Badminton Stadium
  • Subhashnagar lake changed to Residential layout
  • Kurubarahalli lake changed to Residential layout
  • Kodihalli lake changed to Residential layout
  • Sinivaigalu lake changed to Residential layout
  • Marenahalli lake changed to Residential layout
  • Shivanahalli lake changed to Playground, Bus stand
  • Chenamma tank changed to a burial ground at Banashankari 2nd Stage
  • Puttennahalli tank changed to J.P. Nagar 6th Phase
  • Jakkarayanakere has been converted into a sports ground
  • Kamakshipalya Lake is converted into a sports ground
  • Baalayyana Kere (kamakshipalya) is converted into a sports ground
  • Dasarahalli tank is converted into Dr. B.R Ambedkar Stadium
  • Bagalagunte hosa-kere in sy No 83 changed to residential layout
  • Bagalagunte Hale-kere in sY No.113 encroached partly, all the side of lake
  • Kacharkanahalli lake is the newest encroached Lake
  • Jaraganahalli lake in survey number 29/2C of jaraganahalli village, uttarahalli hobli, Bengaluru e south taluk. This is on kanakapura road, very close to sarakki signal. The lake has been completely encroached.

Lakes revival – Biodiversity  :

The lakes of Bengaluru are home to a diversity of living beings. The different types of biodiversity found in lakes of Bengaluru are:

  • Birds: Purple moorhen, Pheasant tailed jackana, Comorants, Kingfishers, Weaver birds, Purple Herons, Pond herons etc.,
  • Flora: Typha, lily lotus, algae, tapegrass, ferns, reeds and rushes
  • Fauna: Freshwater turtle, frogs, crabs, molluscs
  • Fish: Common carp, Grass carp, katla, Rohu etc.

Anand Malligavad to revive 45 lakes in Bengaluru :

After months of research and study on the city’s lakes, 38-year-old Anand Malligavad is all set to rejuvenate and revive 45 lakes by 2025.

First on the list of lakes revival was Kyalasanahalli Lake near Anekal, which was revived in 45 days.

Anand designed and executed the rejuvenation, rehabilitation and lakes revival with the help of nearby communities and some techies from Electronic city.

Kyalasanahalli lake :

They began the work of restoration on April 20, 2017 with a mere budget of 1 crore and 17 lakh.  The money was provided by Sansera Foundation. The nearby community helped in restoring the lake.

Without the help of any industry experts, architects or engineers, Anand, a mechanical engineer, along with fellow citizens, removed almost 4 lakh cubic meters of mud from the lake.

The mud which was removed was then used to create five islands of 110 diameters each.  All these across the lake, in only ten days. These islands now serve as nesting areas for birds, with a huge tree planted in the middle for nests, as well as fruit-bearing and flower saplings around.

A total of 18,000 saplings, 3,000 fruit bearings of 22 varieties, 3,000 native species of plants, and 2,000 ayurvedic plants, now populate the lake area, providing it with a bounty of natural treasures.

On June 5, 2017, the lake was fully transformed with flora and fauna. This paved the way for Anand, a lake conservationist to save the rest of the lakes. 

Join Anand and the Better India as part of the Lake Revivers Collective.  With his hard work, expertise and will to make it happen, he has been transforming the city to its former natural glory.  By doing this he is inspiring many more on the way.

To volunteer or know more about his lake restoration work write to him at

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) – White Topping of  Roads

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) – White Topping of Roads

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) – has been filed by a group of citizens who are living in Jayanagar and Basavangudi in High Court against white-topping of roads in the area.

White-topping of roads in Bengaluru :

This Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is against the white-topping of roads in Bengaluru. White-topping has created a havoc by burdening the citizens with escalating traffic and dust problems.

The deadline for white-topping of 94 km roads under 1st phase which is costing Rs.986.64 crore lapsed in July 2018,with only 15% of the work being completed. 

Glitches in the procedure – Public Interest Litigation :

The Bengaluru city is following a flawed method of white-topping roads, as cement is poured wherever there is asphalt.  

During white-topping of roads, only a part of the asphalt layer is being removed and replaced with cement blocks that are thick by 5 inches.  This in turn is making the road level very high.  Ideally they should remove a layer below the asphalt called sub-grade.

The sub-grade needs to be surface-milled so that when concrete is put, one achieves the similar height as before.   Since the cement blocks are thick in size, they are covering the water drains laid out on the sides of the footpath.  Footpaths are at a lower level when compared to the elevated roads.

Problems at Basavangudi due to white topping – Public Interest Litigation filed :

The problems have multiplied recently at Basavangudi due to the white topping.  The residents are unable to take out their vehicles.  The height of the roads has been increased.  Basavangudi is one of the city’s best-planned area.

Motorists, residents complain that after white topping, they are facing more problems than what it was before.  It has become a nightmare to motorists due to the mess created by BBMP.

Due to the increased height of the roads in Basavangudi, it is causing flooding.  Whenever it rains the water along with garbage enters the houses.  After the white topping done, the BBMP has forgotten to remove the construction debris.

Some of the roads at Basavangudi has turned into one-way after white-topping.  This has contributed to a reduction in the business for the traders.

Woes of the residents:

Traffic jam has become a major problem.  Sometimes parking a car is a big problem.  The wheel gets stuck between the road and the footpath.  For two-wheelers, they can easily slip and fall.  No warning signs are placed anywhere to indicate where the white topping road is being laid in some areas.

Public money at stake – Public interest litigation :

Many roads that are being white-topped are those roads that were either recently tarred or were in good condition.  So the concreting of these roads is simply waste of resources.

The selection of the roads that requires white-topping should be taken locally at the ward level.  As people in the ward are more aware of the condition of a particular road and whether or not it requires white-topping.

white topping road

Those roads which are white-topped lack a sufficient utility duct.  This shows the government’s involvement in building good roads.

What is missing from white topped roads are uniform vehicle lanes, wide footpaths and the entire road geometry.

Citizen’s seeking High Court Intervention :

A group of citizens residing in Jayanagar and Basavangudi has moved the High Court intervention against road white-topping project.  They want to stop work between Madhavan Park and Nagasandra Cricle.

According to the residents of the area the roads marked for white topping is in perfect condition without potholes or any damages.  The work has started 3 weeks back in the above mentioned stretch.  The footpaths are full with pipes. 

According to the residents the water and sanitary lines have not been shifted.  The work has been allotted to a Hyderabad company.  The workers have no idea about the utility pipes lying beneath the road.

Cauvery water pipes –  Public Interest Litigation :

T he Cauvery water pipes beneath the road in this area carry water to many parts of the city.  The water supply is to the eastern parts of Bengaluru and also to the places like NIMHANS,  Ejipura, Jayanagar, Double Road and Siddapura.  These pipes are more than 25 years old and shifting them is a major task.

Any damage to the pipe while shifting will affect water supply to lakhs of people .  there is also the lack of co-ordination between the BWSSB and BBMP. 

Disruption to common man :

The Senior citizens are most affected by the white-topping.  The contractors keep raising the level of the road every time the work is taken and this has increased the road height and is a cause to flooding. 

Materials required for white-topping is dumped on the footpaths, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road.  Large pipes are blocking the footpaths.

The road after the topping has become too high.   The residents are unable to take out their vehicles.  The height of the roads has been increased.  Basavangudi is one of the city’s best-planned area.

Motorists, residents complain that after white topping, they are facing more problems than what it was before.  It has become a nightmare to motorists due to the mess created by BBMP.

According to a citizens,”the height of the road will increase and citizens will suffer as water and dirt will enter their homes.  It is unscientifically being done because water and sanitary line should be placed at a distance, here, the workers have no idea”.

Burden to citizens :

The white-topping of roads in Bengaluru has created havoc by overly burdening citizens with increasing traffic and dust problems.   The white topping of 94 km roads which falls under phase 1 costing Rs.986.64 crore lapsed in July 2018.

The  completed work is only 20%.  Despite the phase 1 pending work, the BBMP has floated tenders for an another stretch of 63.25 km under phase 2.  This has increased the enduring of traffic jam to the citizens.

The city is following a flawed method of white topping roads, as concrete is being poured wherever there is asphalt.  While white topping of roads, a part of the asphalt layer is removed and replaced with cement blocks that are 5 inches thick.  This is making the level of the road much higher.

Other areas to be covered under white topping :

Some of the main roads that will be white topped under phase 2 includes the Central Business District, heavily populated Jayanagar Shopping complex and surrounding areas, East end road, Koramangala, Wilson Garden, Gandhi Bazaaar, Madhavan Parrk to Hosur road stretch.

With the ongoing metro construction, the white topping of roads is adding the traffic mess in Bengaluru causing distress and a lot of problem to the citizens.

Loss of Greenery – Public Interest Litigation :

One of the main reasons for the residents to file the Public Interest Litigation is that white-topping will result in the loss of 14 fully grown trees on the marked stretch.

According to the Chairman of BWSSB, shifting of underground sewage lines is a big challenge before them.  The sewage lines are at a depth and are big in diameter. 

The pipes go by the gravity flow so to maintain that flow, the pipes have to be cut deeper at some of the points and that is really a time consuming work.

There should be co-ordination between BBMP and BWSSP while replacing and shifting of underground  pipelines.

White Topping roads – a project taken over by BBMP is posing problems and a nightmare to the citizens in the city.

Status of the Public Interest Litigation case :

The High Court has issued a notice to the civic body of the city BBMP Standing Council for their response to the Public Interest Litigation.

Sports Talent – Nagma Rahman Sharieff – Bengaluru

Sports Talent – Nagma Rahman Sharieff – Bengaluru

Sports Talent is difficult to find.  Talent alone will not confirm a success story.  Not when one’s father is struggling to make meet the daily needs meet as an auto driver.

Nagma Rahman Sharieff, a auto driver’s daughter from Bengaluru could be the next pace queen of Indian cricket.

Nagma bowls at 97-100km/hr. Like any other male cricketers, she also wants to bowl at a pace of 130km/hr

Indian Women cricket team  – Sports talent :

Women’s cricket in India hasn’t been the same since Jhulan Goswami did what she did and made the gentleman’s game accessible to pretty much any aspiring young girl.

Nagma Rahman Sharieff, a 16-year-old crickter from humble origins —her father drives an auto for a living — wants to be the next Jhulan Goswami.

Nagma Sharieff  – Sports Talent :

Nagma’s involvement with cricket started when she was 14 —  a precocious girl watching her elder brother Fazulla Sharieff, who is also a cricketer playing.

She recalls how it began, “I watched as he played and won several gold medals for his fast bowling in the zonal matches. But I was not aware that girls also played cricket. I asked my father if I could also play cricket. Without a second thought, he agreed and brought me to Karnataka Institute of Cricket.’

Karnataka Institute of Cricket – Sports talent :

KIOC is the only cricket coaching centre that operates throughout the year. For the benefit of trainees, KIOC operates five sessions a day. In reality, there is activity all through the day as many senior state cricketers utilize the facility for specific training.

One-to-One coaching is conducted during the period between the morning and evening sessions & again after the evening session under flood lights.

Karnataka Institute of Cricket was inaugurated by the then India captain Mohammad Azharuddin in 1996 at the RBANM’s ground, Bangalore.

Journey of Nagma Sharieff :

In order to play for the Karnataka State Under-16 Girls cricket team, Nagma had to take a break from school and play zonal matches.

She took a break from her studies when she was class in 2018.  Since then she has played many zonal cricket matches. While attending the school she was finding it difficult to practice cricket nor concentrate on her studies. 

This made her decide to take  a break and work on improving her skills and pace.  Till date she has played 3 times for the Under-16 and twice for the Under-19 cricket teams.

She is hoping to rejoin school and complete her class IX and X.

Nagma Sheriff – routine practice :

Nagma starts her day with warm-up exercises like jogging, stretching and bending. She along with her two siblings, spends her time at KIOC till 9 pm.

Sometimes, the coach trains them by giving one-on-one classes. This increasingly happened when she was selected for the Under-16 team. Irfan Sait, who is the owner and coach at KIOC, spends not less than six hours a day honing her skills.

Irfan Sait – Coach to Nagma :

Irfan Sait, the owner of KIOC, was also instrumental in helping Nagma achieve her dream.  According to Ifran, “Nagma is a hard working and extremely talented girl.  She is a fast bowler and has been doing quite well,  With her talent, she has the potential to get into the Indian Women’s cricket team very soon.”

Message in an auto :

Meet this cricket dad, who is so much more than the moniker he has earned. Sharieff has been working as an auto-driver for the past 26 years, driving a rented auto. With his earnings of Rs 15,000 a month, Sharieff manages to pay his children’s school fees, auto rent, house rent and takes care of his family expenses.

Besides this, he has managed to send all his three children to the Karnataka Cricket Academy. “My children are very good at sports. They have won a lot of medals and trophies at sports competitions. So I decided to enroll them in the Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC). I could not afford the fees at the cricket academy but we are glad that the academy is coaching my children free of cost.’’

Bangalorean Day Out – Bengaluru

Bangalorean Day Out – Bengaluru

Bangalorean Day out is an initiative by to bring out those who have made name and fame in their chosen field.  is a social interactive platform which is all about Bengaluru and its people.

Goal of Bangalorean Day out :

The goal of Bangaloean Day out is to get the desired results from the show by learning from the guest’s their experience, his/her  failures and successes in life. Most of all the aim is to  pass an important message to the public.

The show features celebrity guests who talk about their work and personal lives as well as their latest achievements. 

Bangalorean day out – Monthly program :

Each month Bangalorean Day out  interacts and interviews best selling authors and experts in the areas of success, spirituality, business, self-improvement, science, entertainment to name a few.  The guests at the talk show provide timeless wisdom and insight that will radically shift and change the perspective of life.

A Brief introduction to this month’s guests :

Kajol Bhatia – Mrs.India Karnataka :

Having been born and brought up in Namma Bengaluru  this Sindhi girl – Kajol Bhatia (born as Sapna Nagpal) knows the city inside out. She can drive you from the North to the South without the help of Google Maps. She is vivacious and always high on energy. Anyone close to her will know how great a multi-tasker she is, too.

She has also been an enthusiastic participant in various athletic and talent competitions, in the past, out of which she has been a winner at many.

Kajol married into a joint family, 23 years ago, and has been efficiently juggling her responsibilities at home and social circles since then. She is a fashion designer by profession but a happy homemaker by choice. She chose to keep her career on hold and devoted all her time to her loving husband and adorable sons.

She won the State title of ‘Mrs India Karnataka 2018’.  She also bagged the title of ‘Mrs India Karnataka DIVA 2018’ .  she won the title of ‘Classic Mrs. India 2018‘ in Chennai.  She won the International subtitle of ‘Mrs Charming Asia International 2018‘.

Somya Rout – Physiotherapy and Fitness :

Somya is a sport physiotherapist  and has worked with Odisha Ranji Team, Indian Football team,  All India Football Federation and India U-16.

He has a previous experience of working with Sports Authority of Gujarat and Orissa Cricket Association and at Ranji, Odisha.

He studied at Goutham College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru and did his graduation at Stewart School, Cuttack.

He is the co-founder of Stairs Physiotherapy and Fitness at Bengaluru.  It is a  fantastic physiotherapy & fitness centre that helps one get stronger, respect your body better and help you achieve your goal. A space to workout, get fitter and stronger.

His qualification and achievements are endless. Here is a list :

Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy (Rajiv Gandhi university of health sciences) Karnataka.

PG in clinical research.

Certified Manual therapist.

Certification in Sports Science (Apollo Hospital)

Strength and conditioning (Exercise and sports sciences International consultancy).

Member of Indian Association of Physiotherapist

Certified Physiotherapist at Asian Football Confederation Physiotherapy course at ASPETAR ( Qatar)

He has worked with :

Odisha Ranji Team for 3 years

Micheal Bevan (tour to Australia) 2009-2012

The Indian Football team U 16

SAFF Championship ,Gold

Asian Football Qualifiers in Kuwait.

India U19 SAFF Championship Nepal ,Runners up

Asian Championship Trophy Malaysia.

Head Physiotherapist Sports Authority of Gujarat.

Indian Football team Indian Football team U 16 Malaysia.

Sangeetha Rajeev  – Pop Star :

Sangeetha Rajeev being a Singer, Composer started off as an Independent by conceptualizing a Kannada Pop Rock band Sarvasva.

This charismatic singer  progressed into an EDM Pop genre dishing out singles like Zindagi, Nan E Life, Chan Se Udi, Kare, Tuhi which transformed her into a Pop Icon of sorts. This in turn made her into one of the top Social Media Influencers.

SaRa being the name of her current band takes a fresh look at popular Hindi & Regional Songs and this explosive singer leads the band from the front.

She has been the jury on Zee TV SaReGaMaPa little champs season 12. Zee SaReGaMaPa Season 13 and season 14, a Kannada singing reality show aired in Zee Kannada.  She is currently the jury of the SaReGaMaPa season 15.

Sangeetha Rajeev performs in the country with no language barrier.  She can sing and perform in Hindi, English, Kannada, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujrati and Tulu.

She is this years VIMA award winner.

Manohar Iyer  – Industrialist :

Manohar Iyer is a IT Professional, Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, Agriculturist  and now  seeking your Mandate on 18th April 2019 as an independent candidate.    

A techie who quit a high-paying job in Malaysia. The grandson of former Janata Dal MP V S Krishna Iyer, he moved to India six months ago.

He is Director of Proxiom Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Saptham Food and Beverages Pvt. Ltd.

Proxiom Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is involved in Software publishing, consultancy and supply [Software publishing includes production, supply and documentation of ready-made (non-customized) software, operating systems software, business & other applications software, computer games software for all platforms. Consultancy includes providing the best solution in the form of custom software after analyzing the user’s needs and problems. Custom software also includes made-to-order software based on orders from specific users. Also, included are writing of software of any kind following directives of the users; software maintenance, web-page design].

Saptham Food and  Beverages Pvt. Ltd. strive to amalgamate tradition with technology to bring the best cold pressed edible oils. They source high quality nuts and seeds, which are pesticide free and high on nutrients. Oil is extracted from these nuts and seeds using marachekku/gaana machine – the ancient way of extracting the oil using wood pressing method at room temperature. Cold pressed oils are rich in antioxidants and have many health benefits. Saptham cold pressed edible oils are unrefined, unbleached and 100% Natural.

At Saptham they follow Good Manufacturing Practices and ensure that products are ethically sourced, produced, packed and supplied. They source High Quality pesticide free nuts and seeds to ensure the customers get THE BEST of edible oil.

The program features guests who shares their journey, talent, struggle, humor and achievements. Bangaloreans who participate take-away the celebrities journey of success. Get inspired.

Come in large numbers and participate on 20th April 2019 at  The Bohemian House, No. 5 Rajaram Mohan Roy Road, Sampangi Ramanagar, Bangalore – 560 027 at 4 pm to  5.30 pm.

Traffic Mess – Model code of conduct – Bengaluru

Traffic Mess – Model code of conduct – Bengaluru

Traffic mess will be unbearable once the elections are over at Bengaluru.  Once the elections get over, the projects which have been stopped due to model code of conduct will start.

In modern life one has to face with many problems one of which is traffic mess becoming more serious day after day. It is said that the high volume of vehicles, the inadequate infrastructure and the irrational distribution of the development are main reasons for increasing traffic mess in the city.

Why is Bengaluru  gridlocked with traffic mess?

Everyone agrees that it was because of the rapid – and unplanned – growth of Bengaluru city.  Bengaluru  is often described as the Silicon Valley of India as it is home to the IT industry.

Since the early 1990s, global technology firms began opening offices here and a large number of support industries have grown around it, bringing with them a huge influx of people from all over India.

The population has doubled, but the infrastructure has failed to keep pace.  Most people are dependent on private transport. Every day, million vehicles enter from outside the city, clogging its already choked streets.

Temporary solution to traffic mess :

Road widening is being done at some places. At best it is a temporary solution.

Besides it is unfair to the people  who have built houses/buildings and shops legally along the road.  To accommodate a temporary passing vehicle,  that comes from some distant part of the city, asking the permanent residents to move out to make way for them.

 It makes more sense to tell the vehicle owners that they are encroaching on the space legally owned by others. When space is at a premium, and a fixed permanent asset like a building/shop/office/residence has to compete with a moving vehicle, for space, how fair is it to ask the building to get lost so that space for a car is made available?

After the road is widened, after a few years when even more cars are to be accommodated, will it help in start demolishing the fixed structures? When and where will this stop? 

Public transport to ease traffic mess:

Pretty much everyone agrees that Bengaluru’s  traffic problems are to be solved by increasing the usage of public transport options. The question is, what is an actionable plan to do that? Such a plan need to evolve around two cornerstones:

  1. Increase  the use of public transport, and
  2. Decrease the use of private, single occupancy transport.

Reality Check: Bangalore’s rising traffic concerns :

Bengaluru has seen this phenomenon at its worst. “The traffic is definitely a mess here,” says a transport and traffic expert.  “It’s faster to walk than drive.”

Being late to something as important as a meeting or presentation cannot be excused with a reason as trivial as too much traffic. However, that’s often a reality faced by employees and clients after they wade their way through the horrors of the gridlock. 

Understanding the problem – Traffic mess :

To solve, or rather to ‘minimize’, this problem as a collective, one must first understand the problem. The Bengaluru traffic congestion issue is a direct result of there being more vehicles on the road met with the general inadequate infrastructure to handle it. The only logical solution is to somehow reduce this number.

Better public transportation options would definitely help but this issue is not one which can be indolently left to the government alone to handle. It’s up to  the citizens, to reduce the number of wheels on the road.

Carpooling thus becomes an excellent option in this situation as it would not be too hard to find people who share  route to work every morning. It’s cost effective and would ease the congestion on the road. This must be better encouraged by companies.

Cable & Road work contribute to Traffic mess :

Driving on the namma city’s roads are a nightmare once the elections are over.  All the projects have been stopped due to elections model code of conduct.  Once that expires, the civil agencies will launch the work.

Brace yourselves.  Once the work starts it will coincide with the pre-monsoon showers of  May month and monsoon showers from June onwards. This is definitely add to the misery.

The BBMP and Bescom will start its work in most parts of the city from the month of May.   The Bescom work is for laying underground cables in 53 sub-divisions worth Rs.4800 crore. 

The work will start in 19 sub-divisions once the model code of conduct is lifted in the city.  Once the elections are over, the civic body will continue with the Tendersure and white-topping works.

BESCOM & BBMP work :

The first phase of Bescom work will start from May 27 in HSR Layout, Indiranagar, Benniganahalli, Peenya, Mahalakshmi Layout, Malleshwaram, Sadashivanagar, Vijayanagar and other places. 

According to BBMP officials the white-topping and Tendersure work will continue after the elections. Ward work will be taken up in Malleshwaram, Peenya, Shivajinagar, Chamarajpet, Lingarajapuram, Yelahanka and Hebbal.

Public opinion on Traffic mess :

Karnataka road tax charges are amongst the highest in the country. going by this alone, the road users who pay such hefty road tax expect good roads, parking facilities ( may be pay and park), clean roads, strict enforcement of road etiquettes and traffic rules. However, what you find are bad roads with filth lying all around and unruly traffic.  

Bengaluru  cannot be permitted to degenerate the way it is doing now. Hope the Bengaluru  traffic police and the Karnataka government together take appropriate action immediately.

The city’s traffic jams make it the sixth-most painful worldwide for commuters and second-worst for parking after New Delhi.

Any other reasons ?

The reasons which contribute significantly in making Bengaluru traffic worst :

  1. Common office/school timings :  School and offices use busses for their employees and students respectively.  Thee busses come on the streets at similar timing and hinder the traffic.
  2. Cars : Most of the IT professionals use cars to travel to work.  This takes up a lot of space per person on already narrow streets.
  3. Ineffective public transport :  The reason people use cars is because, the public transport is inefficient.
  4. Vicinity of IT parks :  Major IT parks in Bengaluru are located on a single belt, which makes the matters worse on the city roads.
  5. Us/Public : even we the public are responsible.  There is inefficient traffic management, but we can follow road discipline ourselves, the situation could become a lot better.
Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – is offering discounts to voters on food at city’s hotels on April 18 and 23.   If you are interested in getting discount on food just get your finger inked.

Besides awareness programs by the Election Commission, hotels, restaurants, are adopting a novel method of incentivising voters to perform their democratic duty.

BBHA – Bengaluru :

Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association is 82 years old, established in the year 1936 by 1st president ship of Shri B.T Ramaiah (1936-44) the founder of Bangalore Hotels Association. Shri K.T Appanna was the 2nd President (1944-48).

Currently 53 members are there in Managing Committee. The association is having 1500 registered members.  The Association every month brings out monthly magazine by name “Athithidevo Bhava” under  head editorial Shri. B Chandra Shekar Hebbar.

The executive committee conducts monthly once a meeting to discuss different  matters related to hotel industries and to solve the problems apart from weekly once on every Friday at 5:30 PM.  

Office bearers of the association conducts a meeting to discuss hotel industry problems and other matters with the permission of the chair person.

Voting awareness by Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association :

The association is planning to put up posters on the hotel premises to remind the voters to cast their vote on election day.  This is to persuade voters to vote. 

According to Veerendra N Kamat, Treasurer of Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association this program is to make people realize their responsibility.  It is an initiative to encourage citizens to vote.

Freebies by BBHA :

The members are coming up with the offer of free tea and coffee, a 10-15% on breakfast and around 20% on lunch and dinner.   Some of the hotels are offering free idli with dosa.

One of the hotel at Majestic area will be offering free sweets to all those who would eat at his place and show their inked finger.   The plan is to distribute jelebis this time.  Those who are fond of jelebis please cast your vote and go the hotel with the proof to savour hot jelebis.

These outlets have, however, clarified that they aren’t supporting any particular party and just want to push youngsters and voters to exercise their franchise.

Conclusion :

This is not the first time that food has found its way into election in Karnataka. Earlier, during elections free dosas in the shape of Kannada letters and requests like ‘Nanna matha nanna hakku’ (my vote, my right), ‘Ellaroo mathadana maadi’ (please all of you vote), ‘Praja prabhutva bhadrapadisi’ (strengthen the democracy) were distributed among voters with an aim to spread awareness about elections.

Walk to vote and get discount on food on election day.

Self-drive service – Ola – investment $500 million

Self-drive service – Ola – investment $500 million

Self-drive service introduction by Ola is aimed at broadening its portfolio of transportation solution.  Ola to invest $500 million in self-drive service.

The move to enter the self-drive rental service category is in line with Ola’s broader strategy of expanding its bouquet of transport solutions beyond just cabs .  It is planning to include scooters and electric vehicles with a view towards ensuring sustainability and positive unit economics.

Ola to deploy nearly 10,000 cars, including luxury sedans and SUVs, in major cities in the coming months.

Ola cabs :

Ola Cabs is an Indian origin online transportation network company developed by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  As of December 2018, Ola was valued at about $5.7 billion.  A variety of venture capitalists including Softbank have large stakes in the company.

Ola Cabs was founded on 3 December 2010 as an online cab aggregator in Mumbai and is now based in Bengaluru.  As of 2018, the company has expanded to a network of more than 10,00,000 vehicles across 169 cities. In November 2014, Ola diversified to incorporate auto-rickshaws on a trial basis in Bangalore.  After the trial phase, Ola Auto expanded to other cities like Delhi, Oune, Chennai and Hyderabad starting in December 2014.

In January 2018, Ola extended into its first overseas market to Australia and New Zealand in September 2018.  In March of 2019, Ola began its UK operations introducing Auto Rickshaws in UK.

Investments – ola cabs:

In recent past, Ola confirmed a Rs 650-crore funding from Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal.  Steadview Capital and a cohort of US-based investors like Raymond S Cahnman, chairman of Transmarket Group, philanthropists Tina and Steven Price, J3T Ventures and Lyon Assets along with a bunch of Chinese funds also participated in the company’s latest round. 

Ola investment in self drive service :

Homegrown ride-hailing platform Ola will invest over $500 million to launch a ‘self-drive’ service.  This is  aimed at broadening its portfolio of transportation solutions.

The investment will come from a mix of debt and equity over the next couple of years.  Ola will deploy nearly 10,000 vehicles, including luxury sedans and SUVs, in major cities in coming months according to sources.

Ola was likely to raise debt via Ola Fleet Technologies to seed the new business. So far, the multi-modal transport company has relied on equity capital from some of the world’s largest investors like  Japan’s SoftBank and US investment firm Tiger Global, to fund its rapid growth in the country. 

Ola Founders :

Bhavish Aggarwal- is the ola co-founder and Chief-executive-officer who graduated from IIT Bombay with a B. Tech in Computer Science in the year 2008. Bhavish has worked for Microsoft research, Bengaluru  for two years right after college. There, he passed two years with filing 2 patents and 3 research publishing in international journals.

While trying to chase his dream of entrepreneurship, he started an online company to sell short duration tours and holidays online before changing that into Ola Cabs.

Ankit Bhati heads the technical aspects of Ola cabs, ensuring a quick, convenient and instinctive experience for customers and partners. He joined IIT Bombay in 2004 for in Mechanical Engg and M.Tech in CAD and Automation.

By 2009 he had already worked on several freelance projects and startups like Wilcom, QED42 etc. and finally decided to give up his nomadic professional life for a start-up of his own. He joined the Olacabs journey in November 2010.

The Ola Cab story:

While trying to keep his holiday and tour planning business afloat, Bhavish had to travel from Bengaluru to Bandipur, for which he rented out a car, which ended in a very bad experience.

The driver stopped the car in the middle of the journey and demanded a renegotiation of what Bhavish was paying. After being refused, he proceeded to abandon him enroute his destination.

This is when he realized how his plight was probably similar to a lot of customers across the country who were looking for a quality cab service, but ended up with a one that stood them up, arrived and dropped them off late, didn’t stick to their promises, and came with drivers that were nightmares behind wheels.

This made him see the potential that an extraordinary cab booking service could have, and hence, he changed his business from his earlier start-up to the one we today know as – Ola Cabs. This was in December 2010, where he was joined by his co-founder Ankit Bhati in his start-up journey.

His parents didn’t agree with his idea in the beginning of course, like all parents.  They were thoroughly displeased with his decision to become a ‘travel agent’, but when Ola Cabs received it’s first round of funding from two angel investors, they started to believe in the change he was planning to bring.

Ola to challenge Zoom Car :

Ola cabs, which has become one of the largest cab sharing platforms in India will soon get into the self-drive car business. The brand has decided to enter the new business after investing $500 million in the sector. It will be the first time that Ola will invest in such a business in the Indian market.

The homegrown cab hailing startup recently collected a huge investment from India’s second largest manufacturer – Hyundai and its sister brand and upcoming manufacturer in India – Kia.

Both the Korean brands have together pumped in around Rs. 2,000 crores in Ola and there is investment from Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal too. The cab-hailing business is also backed by big names like Soft Bank and Tiger Global. The Bengaluru, Karnataka-based company has raised around $3.67 billion till date through various rounds of investments.

Portfolio – Ola cabs – self drive service

Ola is planning to broaden its portfolio with the introduction of the new services. At present,  Ola only offers short distance and inter-state rental cabs. With the introduction of new services, Ola will compete directly with the likes of ZoomCars, Avis, Revv, CarzOnRent and more such brands that currently offer self-driven vehicles in India.

It is clear that  Ola will initially offer the services only in the major cities of the country before expanding to the other cities.

Car rentals by others :

Ola will offer services like long rentals, lease and subscription of the cars. It should be noted that Revv recently started offering subscription-based car ownership in India, which promises to provide vehicles like Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti Ertiga, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Marazzo, Mahindra XUV 500 and a new car if the customer chooses a plan of more than 12 months. Revv offers popular more.

Self-drive car service in Bengaluru :

Self-driving cars are likely to become a major business in the silicon City in the future. Currently, the option is quite unpopular but it is gaining massive popularity and soon, may see more people choosing the rental car service rather than owning a vehicle.

India is one of the world’s largest car market and it is growing at a fast pace. But, the difficulties like maintenance of the car keeps may prospective buyers away. Self-driven vehicles eliminate the need for such ownership experiences and only focus on the time spent with the vehicle.




Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengluru Candidates list from the major parties for the State of Karnataka are almost final. The three major parties who are fighting in the State of Karnataka are BJP, Congress and JD(S). Bengaluru North :

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the  Karnataka.  This constituency has been known by different names in its history.

From 1951 and every election since 1977 it has been known as Bangalore North. For the 1957 and 1962 elections it was known as Bangalore City. For the 1967 and 1971 elections it formed a constituency jointly with Bengaluru South  and was known as Bengaluru.  

From 1951–73, this constituency resided in Mysuru State. On 1 November 1973 Mysore State was renamed as Karnataka. Bengaluru North held its first elections in 1951 and its first member of parliament (MP) was Keshava Iyengar of the Indian National Congress. 

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

 1) Krishnaraja puram

 2) Byatarayanapura  3)   Yeshwanthapura    4)   Dasarahalli  5) Mahalakshmi Layout      6)  Malleshwaram   7)   Hebbal  8)   Pulkeshinagar

 Bengaluru candidates list from North : 

Sadananda Gowda from BJP  :  He is a sitting MP

Krishna Byre Gowda of Congress representing JD(S).   :  He is a sitting MLA

Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) was the 20thcChief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India. He previously served as Minister of Law and Justice shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru North.

Education :, LLB, Educated at St. Phelomena College, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and Vaikunta Baliga Law College, Udupi.

Krishna Byre Gowda :

Krishna Byre Gowda (born 4 April 1973)  was born in Bengaluru to C. Byre Gowda and Savithramma.

He is the current Minister  of Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the cabinet of Coalition government  and Member of Legislative Assembly of the Byatarayanapura Constituency, in office since June 2008.

Education :

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Christ College, now known as Christ University in Bengaluru 1994. He then graduated with a master’s degree (M.A) from the School of International Service at American University Washington 1999.  

Political career :

He has  served three times as an M.L.A. of Karnataka state, twice from Vemegal in Kolar district from 2003 to 2007, and from 2008 to 2013 from the Byatarayanapura Constituency in Bengaluru.

Krishna has  served as the President of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress between 2007 and 2011, and is currently holds the office of General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, since 2012.

 Bengaluru South :

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (Parliamentary) constituencies in  Karnataka  State.  Currently the seat is vacant since 12 November 2018 due to the untimely passing away of MP Ananth Kumar.  

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

1)     Govindarajnagar

2)    Vihayanagar

3)    Chickpet

4)    Basavangudi

5)    Padmanabhanagar

6)    BTM Layout

7)    Jayanagar

8)    Bommanahalli

 Bengaluru candidates list for South :

 Tejasvi Surya from BJP

  B.K.Hari Prasad from  Congress

  Vatal Nagaaj  from Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha

 Tejasvi Surya :

Tejasvi  who is 28 years old is a  young and dynamic person.  He is the general secretary of BJP’s youth  wing and also an advocate. 

He is the nephew of Ravi Subramanya who is a BJP sitting MLA from Basavangudi.   He  is said to have the strong backing of BJP national joint general secretary (organisation) B.L.Santhosh.  

Qualification / profession   :

Studied LLB at  Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies

Studied Pre-University at National College, Jayanagar

Studied at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home

He is a practicing lawyer at the Karnataka High Court.    He is associate at Haranahalli Law Partners.

Former columnist at India Facts.

Political career :

He is a Former Secretary at Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. He is a RSS swayamsevak, the  general secretary of the State Yuva morcha and also a part of the national  social media team of the BJP.

In 2014, when he was just 23 years old, Surya was in great demand for campaigning in different parts of the State for the Lok Sabha elections as Bharatiya Janata Party candidates from several constituencies had requested him to visit their areas.

B.K.Hari Prasad :  

Hariprasad  born  29 July 1954) was born in Benaluru, Karnataka, to A. Kempaiah and K. Gunavathi.  

B.K. Hariprasad is a politician from the INC party. He is a Member of Parliament representing Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, of the Indian Paliament. He was the candidate of United Opposition for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and lost to Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh of NDA.  

Education : B. Com. Educated at M.E.S.College, Bangalore University, Bengaluru.                               Countries Visited: Erstwhile Yugoslavia, erstwhile U.S.S.R.,Spain, North Korea, U.S.A. and U.K.

 Vatal Nagaraj :

He is a political figure named after the town he was born in,.  He is the Ex MLA of Chamarajnagar constituency. Nagaraj is the president of a pro-Kannada outfit Kannada Chalavali Paksha.

In 1964 he led a two-month agitation demanding the destruction of a 150-year-old British Raj era cenotaph pillar marking the deaths of soldiers at the Siege of Siege of Bangalore in 1791. In October of that year the cenotaph was dismantled by the Bangalore City Corporation and a statue to Kempe Gowda now stands in its place. In 2018 he started a new agitation in January 25 for water sharing from MAHADAYI river flowing from Goa.  Some political critiques question the authenticity of Vatal’s fight against Goa State for water sharing when he himself fight against Tamil Nadu government for Supreme court order to release water in Cauvery river.

Bengaluru Central :

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka. This constituency was created in 2008 as part of delimitation  It was carved out of the Bengaluru  North and South Lok Sabha constituencies during 2009 Indian elections. It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was P.C.Mohan.  

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments:

 1) Sarvagnanagar 

 2)   C.V.Ramannagar

 3)  Shivajinagar

 4) Shanthinagar 

 5)   Gandhinagar

  6)   Rajajinagar

  7)   Chamarajpet

  8)   Mahadevapura

 Bengaluru candidates list for Central :

 P.C.Mohan from BJP

Rizwan Arshad from Congress

Prakash Raj/Raj as an Independent candidate

P.C.Mohan :

P. Chikkamuni Mohan (born 24 July 1964 to Shri. Chikkamuniswamappa and Smt. P.C.Ramakka at Bangalore) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru  Central.

Education-  Intermediate educated at Vijaya College, Bangalore.

Member – Committee on Members of Parliament,   Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Member – Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Rizwan Arshad :

Rizwan Arshad is Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress President for second consecutive term.

He started his political career from NSUI as College President, District General Secretary, State General Secretary, National General Secretary. Then continued his career with Indian Youth Congress as State Vice President, National Secretary after that the transformation system of election was bought in the frontal organisations of Congress by Shri. Rahul Gandhi with a vision of opening the doors to common youths & students in the party.

He won the election with the halfway margin for the first time as the President of KPYCC and again He won the consecutive time by a very huge margin.

He got ticket to contest for Lok Sabha  elections from Bengaluru central constituency from INC. However he lost to BJP candidate PC Mohan.

Prakash Raj/Rai :

Prakash Raj was born in Bengaluru (then known as Mysuru state) on 26 March 1965 in a lower-middle-class family.

Prakash Raj (born Prakash Rai; 26 March 1965) is a multilingual film actor,  film director, producer, thespian and television presenter who is known for his works in the South Indian Film Industry and Hindi films.  He acted in back-to-back stage shows for Rs.300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru  and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit. 

Education :   He completed schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys HighSchool, Bengaluru and joined ST. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru.  Prakash Rai changed his surname to Raj based on prominent Tamil film director K.Balachander’s advice.  He is still called Prakash Rai in his home state Karnataka.

Bengaluru Rural : 

Bengaluru  Rural Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) constituencies in  Karnataka.  This constituency was created in 2008 following the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies. It comprises eight assembly segments of which seven are derived from the former Kanakapura Lok Sabha Constituency  (abolished in 2008).  It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was H.D.Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) party. Kumaraswamy resigned his seat in 2013. The by-election that followed was won by D.K.Suresh of the Indian  National congress (INC).

Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments: 

1)  Kunigal 

2) Rajarajeshwarinagar 

3) Benglauru South 

4)  Anekal 

5)   Magadi 

6)  Ramanagara

7)  Kanakapura

8)   Channapatna

Bengaluru candidates list for Rural : 

Ashwath Narayan from BJP

D.K.Suresh from Congress

Ashwath Narayan : 

Ashwath Narayan is son of Shri Kempayya.   He is an Ex-MLC from BJP.  He is a SSLC pass-out.  His hobbies includes theatre and reading.

D.K.Suresh :

Doddaalahalli Kempegowda Suresh (52 years born in Doddahalli, Ramanagara to Mr. Doddaalahalli Kempegowda and Smt. Gowramma Kempegowda) is a MP of the 16th Lok Sabha. 

He is a sitting MP elected From Bengaluru Rural.  His Education  is higher secondary.

Importance of voting :

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow.  Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Cast your vote.  Your vote is precious.






Bengaluru getting hotter every day

Bengaluru getting hotter every day

Bengaluru getting hotter every day.  The Bendakaluru has become baking Bengaluru.  The maximum temperature on 25th March was 35.4 degree celsius.

Capital of Karnataka – Bengaluru :

Bengaluru city is the center of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife. By Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha is a Neo-Dravidian legislative building. Former royal residences include 19th-century Bangalore Palace, modelled after England’s Windsor Castle, and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, an 18th-century teak structure.

Area : 709 km²

Elevation  :920 m

Bengaluru weather & Topography :

Bengaluru has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Due to its high elevation, Bengaluru usually enjoys a more moderate climate throughout the year, although occasional heat waves can make summer somewhat uncomfortable.  The coolest month is January with an average low temperature of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) and the hottest month is April with an average high temperature of 35 °C (95 °F).

The highest temperature ever recorded in Bengaluru is 39.2 °C (103 °F) (recorded on 24 April 2016) as there was a strong El Nino in 2016.   There were also unofficial records of 41 °C (106 °F) on that day. The lowest ever recorded is 7.8 °C (46 °F) in January 1884. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 14 °C (57 °F), and summer temperatures seldom exceed 36 °C (97 °F).

Bengaluru  receives rainfall from both the northeast and the southwest  monsoons and the wettest months are September, October and August, in that order.  The summer heat is moderated by fairly frequent thunderstorms  which occasionally cause local flooding. Most of the rainfall occurs during late afternoon/evening or night and rain before noon is infrequent.

November 2015 (290.4 mm) was recorded as one of the wettest months in Bangalore with heavy rains causing severe flooding in some areas, and closure of a number of organisations for over a couple of days. The heaviest rainfall recorded in a 24-hour period is 179 mm (7 in) recorded on 1 October 1997. 

Bengaluru becoming hotter :

According to Mr. Prakash Belawadi the top five reasons as to why he thinks the Bengaluru city is getting hotter every year   due to :

  1. The BDA and other decision making members are compromising on green belt and green cover.
  2. Instead of moving development to the Satellite zone beyond the original green belt, they kept altering master plans and destroyed both the character and structure of the old city, increasing heat retaining buildings.
  3. The development model privileged private vehicles over public transport, cycling to working, favouring the ‘vision’ of the new economy.  For Eg. Road widening, but footpath shrinking, no metro lines to all parts of the city, free and irresponsible parking even on busy narrowed roads.  This has resulted in 5.5 to 6 million vehicles in namma Bengaluru, 14 time more than the roads can handle in the city.  This is causing spewing heat and poison into the ambient air.
  4. Excessive concrete and asphalt surfacing preventing absorption of water into the soil, increasing run off from the city, which stands 3000ft above MSL.
  5. Lastly the wilful destruction of old valleys and channels, which have destroyed the old water bodies of the city built by the founders and protected bythe Dewans of Old Mysore.

Bengaluru – The Hot Dome :

Materials like concrete and steel absorb and hold heat significantly when compared to soil and vegetation. The urban built-up area with its water-tight layer of concrete is hotter than the surrounding rural areas. This creates an umbrella of hot air over the built-up area of the city and is called the ‘climatological dome’ or ‘urban heat-island’.

 Air pollutants, vehicular movements, loss of tree cover and other metabolic processes add to the heat increasing temperatures in the dome.

A mobile survey of air temperatures discovered heat islands in Bengaluru way back in 1977 as documented in the Bangalore Gazetteer of 1990, of Government of Karnataka. The built areas of Rajajinagar were found to be warmer than the vegetated Cubbon Park and Lalbagh. Another survey in 1985, which is also documented in the same Gazetteer, found the built-up areas to be 2.5oC to 3.2oC warmer than Lalbagh and Cubbon Park.

Bengaluru Scenario :

Day temperatures are peaking at over 32 – 35 degree Celcius and the worst bit is it is still March. In fact, experts say that it is only going to get hotter in the days to come. It is not only Bengaluru, but the entire State is experiencing such hot weather.

Rapid increase in population has led to the development of infrastructure projects over green areas and lakes.

Normally, one will find March and April a bit on the hotter side but it starts to  rain from May.  There is no specific timing for rain and as the temperature in Bengaluru  would reach to its peak, the rain would bring the temperature down to normal level.

March getting hotter in Bengaluru :

The current temperature are 2 to 3 degrees warmer than normal compared to past 3 to 4 years.  This week there will be no rainfall.  The maximum temperature may go u to 36 or 37 degrees and the minimum will remain 21-22c.

With mercury soaring high by the day, this season the temperature may hit 38 – 39 degree Celsius.

Bengaluru city is experiencing a rise in mercury levels for the last 6-7 days.  It is going to get worse.  The temperature is expected to rise gradually from now on and brace yourself for hot months ahead.  March to May is considered really hot.

Conclusion :

It is the impact of climate change. The seasons are turning into extremes and soon there will be only two seasons – summer and winter ( extremes) . The rainy monsoon have already shifted and expected to shift more. The vertical rainfall or the low pressure rainfall will overtake monsoon in near future if the rate of climate change goes by this rate.

There has been a 1028% increase in concrete area, 88% loss of vegetation and 79% loss of water bodies in the last 4 decades.  If the trend continues, by 2025, 95.5% of Bengaluru will be concretized and the temperature may hit 42-44 degrees.

It is our duty now to plant more trees and use public transportation and do car-pools, which we can do immediately and on our own.

Contribution from everybody  to make Bengaluru cool :

Temperatures can be reduced by :

  1.  Reduce the usage of vehicles/if not possible use concept of pool car, so that number of cars reduces.
  2. Plant one tree and maintain it.
  3. Recommend this two things to others and  make sure that they’re on it.
Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals were won by  K.Suma at  the 53rd convocation of  University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.

University of Agricultural Sciences :

University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru is  a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899. It was started on  30 acres of land donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore and appointed Dr. Lehmann, German Scientist to initiate research on soil crop response with a Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture.

Later under the initiative of the Dewan of Mysore Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the Mysore Agriculture Residential School was established in 1913 at Hebbal which offered Licentiate in Agriculture and later offered a diploma program in agriculture during 1920. The School was upgraded to Agriculture College  in 1946 which offered four year degree programs in Agriculture.

The Government of Mysore headed by Sri. S. Nijalingappa, the then Chief Minister, established the University of Agricultural Sciences on the pattern of Land Grant College system of USA.

Gold Medals – 53rd convocation :

The 53rd convocation of the UAS, Bengaluru was scheduled on 25th March 2019.  The students of each of the degree programs of each college securing the highest OGPA at the end of their degree program were honored with gold medals and a certificate of merit.

As many as 121 gold medals and 20 gold medal certificates were given away.  While 72 students got PhDs, 308 students got a master’s degree and 661 students got a bachelor’s degree. 

Padma Shri and Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon was the chief guest.

K.Suma – gold medalist :

Suma is 22 years old and did her B.Sc. in agriculture from the College of Sericulture, Chintamani, Chikkaballapur.  She earned the maximum accolades in the 53rd convocation at UAS. 

She bagged 7 gold medals and 5 gold medal certificates. 

According to Suma, “there is so much of research work in agricultural sciences and there are so many technological advancements.  But this has not reached the farmers here.  There is a need for greater awareness among the farming community and I hope to bridge the gap”.

She is pursuing her M.Sc. in genetics and plant breeding from GKVK.

Suma’s Inspiration – Gold Medal :

Her father M. Krishnappa is a lab assistant at GKVK and was present at the convocation. Suma is inspired to pursue a career in agricultural sciences due to her father who speaks highly of farmers.   

She gave up her seat in medicals so that she can join agricultural sciences and bring some change for farmers affected by losses.

Suma’s younger sister Priyanka is a student of B.Sc Agricultural marketing.

Other gold medalists :

61 students bagged 120 gold medals at the 53rd convocation.  T.D.Gowda and Y.L.Ranjith Undergraduate students bagged 6 gold medals each.  K.H.Bhagyashree got 5 gold medals.

K.A.Shoba in M.Sc, won 6 gold medals along with topping the Masters program.

Congratulations and kudos to Suma.K. and other achievers.


Finding Piya – Subhasis Mishra – Bengaluru :

Finding Piya – Subhasis Mishra – Bengaluru :

Finding Piya – is a book written by Subhasis Mishtra.    According to Nila Madhab Panda, film maker and Padmashree awardee, the book is an “immensive work with great imagery and vivid descriptions of the conflict between love and dark side of college politics…..a must read for political drama lovers”.

Subhasis Mishtra author of Finding Piya :

Subhasis Mishtra is a global human resources leader who is also passionate about story telling.  He is an undergraduate in mechanical engineering and a post graduate in human resources. 

He has been in the corporate world for almost 20 years and has worked for many global brands like START TV, the Walt Disney Company, Target and Amazon.

Mishra was born and raised in Odisha and started his corporate career in Mumbai working with STAR Television and Walt Disney India before relocating to Los Angeles in 2008.

Subhasis currently works as a Talent Acquisition Leader with Amazon India and lives with his wife Vinithra and 2 children Neev & Nila in Bangalore. ‘Finding Piya’ is his first work of fiction.

Book released at KLF Corner in Bengaluru City :

The Kalinga Literary Festival organized its special KLF Corner where author Subhasis Mishra’s book, ‘Finding Piya,’ was released. Renowned filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda joined the conversation with author Mishra.

They discussed about the book, contemporary issues in literature, film and society at large.

Storyline of Finding Piya :

Subhasis Mishra’s book  ‘Finding Piya’ is a roller-coaster ride of love and betrayal, of beauty and darkness, of innocence and connivance and many more extremes of human emotions.

In the book Finding Piya, through the protagonist Raj’s journey, the reader gets a ringside view of the transformation of Raj from an innocent boy to a student leader and then to a victim of the campus politics, in pursuit of Piya, his love. It can be termed as the latest bundle of  political thrill and campus-love.

Subhasis Mishra’s remarsks :

With his debut novel ‘Finding Piya’, Subhasis Mishra has penned a thrilling roller-coaster ride of extreme human emotions—of love and betrayal, beauty and darkness, innocence and connivance.

Subhasis tells about his writing as, ”
“Well, I was probably not aware of my passion for writing. But then I attended this class and started writing. During the course of writing, my passion changed. I truly became conscious of wanting to tell stories. I started writing the book in 2009 and it took me a few years to finish it.”

An unabashed fan of Jhumpa Lahiri, Subhasis confesses that the renowned writer is his constant source of inspiration. “I am super inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri and her writing style. When I read her book ‘Namesake’, I couldn’t get out of it for days. I was so moved by the book that I could not stop thinking about it. I thought that if I ever write and if I can write in some way like her then that would be worth writing.”

Conclusion :

This may be his first book, but Subhasis’s writing has already found an admirer in renowned film maker Nila Madhab Panda. Sharing his opinion about the book, the director says, “The story by Subhasis is very relatable, especially for people who love the romantic stories of the 90s. Each and every paragraph of this book resembles the screenplay of a movie and would keep the readers fascinated till the last page.”

Ola cabs banned  –  6 months – shame/timing

Ola cabs banned – 6 months – shame/timing

Ola cabs ban – Implemented in Bengaluru for 6 months.  The Karnataka Transport Department on 22nd March 2019 suspended the  licence of online cab operator Ola for 6 months in Bengaluru. 

This ban comes in the wake of old running its bike taxis while possessing a licence only to run four wheelers. 

Ola had a great start to the year – funding, getting the likes of Flipkart Co-founder Sachin Bansal on its board, but it’s legal issues just doesn’t seem to end.

Ola cabs :

Ola Cabs, is an online transportation network company developed by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  As of December 2018, Ola was valued at about $5.7 billion. A variety of venture capitalists including Softbank have large stakes in the company.

Ola Cabs was founded on 3 December 2010 as an online cab aggregator in Mumbai, and is now based in Bengaluru.  As of 2018, the company has expanded to a network of more than 10,00,000 vehicles across 169 cities. In November 2014.

Ola diversified to incorporate autorickshaws on a trial basis in Bengaluru.  After the trial phase, Ola Auto expanded to other cities like Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad starting in December 2014.

History of Ola cabs :

On March 2014, Ola Cabs acquired Bengaluru based taxi service Taxiforsure for approximately Rs.1,394 crore (US$200 million).  From 25 June 2015, Ola users gained access to TFS cabs via the Ola mobile application. In November 2015, Ola acquired Geotagg, a trip-planning applications company, for an undisclosed sum.

In December 2017, Ola acquired  Foodpanda’s business in India. In April 2018, Ola made its second acquisition with Ridlr (formerly Traffline),  a public transport ticketing app.

In August 2018 Ola financed Series A funding of the scooter rent startup Vogo, and in December, Ola invested another $100 million.

In March 2019 Ola raised another $56 million (Rs.400 crore) from Tiger Global and Matrix India.  Later Ola raised another $300 million from Hyundai and Kia.

Ola cab banned – licence cancellation :

The Transport  department issued an order dated March 18, to Ola operator ANI Technologies on 22nd March.  The order stated that its licence in Bengaluru was cancelled for 6 months for violation of conditions under which the permission was granted. 

The ola cab ban order was issued for violating the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016.

With this order from the Government, the ola cab’s and autos will be off the roads for 6 months. 

Ola’s response to the ban :

Ola is evaluating all possible options to find a solution to ban so that its driver-partners will not suffer and continue to work in Bengaluru. 

The company was running bike taxis in Bengaluru  city which was reportedly illegal given the lack of a policy framework. Ola confirmed the development, but claimed that it had halted operations of its bike taxis “weeks ago”.

Statement by Ola on cab ban :

Ola cab issued a statement stating, “We have been closely working with the authorities on this topic, responding to queries and making proactive representations to the ministry. Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, Ola halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago, instead seeking the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy. This notification is unfortunate, and we look forward to an opportunity to address these concerns directly with state officials to find a solution for our driver-partners and millions of Ola users in Karnataka”.

Ola raised money :

The development takes place within days of the company announcing that it had raised $300 million in funds from South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group in a strategic deal.

The company claims to have over 1.3 million driver partners across the country. Although it doesn’t give a city-wise breakup, Bengaluru is expected to be one of its top markets.

Sanchin Bansal – Investment in Ola :

Bansal has taken up 70588 fully & compulsorily cumulative series J preference shares.  The face value of the share is Rs.10 at a premium of Rs.21240 per share.

Ola has raised Rs.520 crore from existing investor Steadview Capital.  Sanchin Bansal is also setup up a $1 billion fund, has invested in ola cabs in his individual capacity. 

This investment is to be one of the biggest of Sachin Bansal.  The investment comes at a time when ola is competing with the global rival Uber in India.

Bengaluru – largest market for Ola :

Bengaluru, where Ola is headquartered, is also its single largest market in the country. The city is estimated to have 120,000 cabs, out of which around 65,000 operate on the Uber and Ola platforms interchangeably, state authorities and experts said. 

This isn’t the first run-in for a ride hailing firm with the Karnataka authorities. 

The state had banned Uber in December 2014 following the rape of a woman passenger by her cab driver in Delhi. Karnataka asked cab-hailing firms to take their vehicles off Bengaluru roads in May 2016 until they were granted licences to operate in the state.

Currently, bike taxis in Karnataka are illegal due to lack of policy framework and are also strongly opposed by the Ola TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers’ Association for fear of loss of business.

Recently, Ola and other cab aggregators which operate bike taxis have been facing the heat from the Transport Department. In February, transport officials seized close to 500 such bike taxis for operating illegally.

260 vehicles impounded – ola cab ban :

The officials confirmed that the enforcement wing of the transport department impounded close to 260 two wheelers attached with Ola in Bengaluru in the last one month.

The department had directed the RTOs to enforce the rules if Ola continued to operate taxis in Bengaluru by ignoring the order.

It is noted that Ola had received licence from the department to operate taxis in Bengaluru from June 2016 to June 19, 2021.

Latest News about OLA updated on 25.03.2019 :

On Friday the Transport department suspended the licence of ola for 6 months in Bengaluru. But on 24.03.2019 according to Social Welfare Minister Pryank Kharge the ola cabs will run as usual.

According to Priyak Kharge, “Technology has been ahead of policy because of fast-paced innovative experiments. There was no provision for aggregators in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, but governments formed policies after Ola and Uber arrived”.

The ban had been revoked according to the directions of the State Government. According to the Transport Minister Thammanna he has not aware of the ban imposition on OLA.

People in Bengaluru are confused about what is happening??? News of the ban led to a huge uproar and backlash on social media from public.

Ola moves High Court:

The Ola’s  parent company ANI Technology had filed a petition against the Karnataka transport department after the ban of old cabs and bikes in Bengaluru.

ANI Technologies, which owns and operates Ola, has filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court against the state transport department for non-issuance of a licence to operate two-wheeler taxis in Karnataka, a week after the state fined the company Rs.15 lakh for operating its bike taxi service.

The court has directed that a single company cannot be pulled out for offering bike taxi service while the co’s rivals continue to operate.

Justice S.Sujatha has noted that keeping in mind the right to equality enshrined under Article 16 of the Constitution of India, no person or aggregator can be singled out in the business  activities when the rival competitors are allowed to continue their such business or vice-versa.

The petition alleges inaction on the part of the state transport department against other bike taxi operators while Ola’s aggregator licence wassuspended for a period of 6 months in a notification sent to the company on March 18. The suspension order was reversed on March 25, after the company agreed to pay a fine of 15 lakh.

Young women achievers  –  Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers – Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers in Bengaluru qualify as achievers with their sheer talent and hard work. Seeing the passion in today’s young mind, nobody will be shocked to come across people who have reached great heights before turning 25. Many such young achievers in Bengaluru have reached milestones when the night was turning into day.

Aditi Ashok – Young Golfer :

Aditi Ashok (born 29 March 1998) is a professional golfer who took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the International golf.

Personal Life :

Aditi was born on 29 March 1998 in the city of Bengaluru.  She studied at The Frank Anthony Publi School in Benglauru and graduated in 2016.

She started playing golf at the age of 5.  At that time only three golf courses were in Bengaluru.  When she showed interest in gold  her father took her to the Karnataka Golf Association driving range. Her father, Ashok Gudlamani, is now her caddie.

Career :

Aditi became the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secured her Ladies Duropean Tour card for the 2016 season. This win also made her the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour.  Aditi is the first and the only Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016).

Her appearance at the Olympics created sensation.  There was nothing sudden about Aditi’s performance on the world stage. She had not qualified for the Games overnight, or emerged out of the blue.

Weeks after her return from Rio, Aditi sealed back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET), at the Hero Women’s Indian Open and the Qatar Ladies Open. It capped off a sensational first season in Europe, at the end of which she finished second on the Order of Merit and was named the LET’s Rookie of the Year.

In 2017, her rookie season on the LPGA, she competed in all five majors, and registered a maiden top-10 finish on the Tour at the Marathon Classic.

Professional achievement :

Ladies European Tour Wins (3)

  1. 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open, Qatar Ladies open
  2. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies open

Other wins

  • 2011 Hero Professional Tour Leg 1, Hero Professional Tour Leg 3 (both as an amateur)

Team appearances :

  • Espirito santo tropy – Representing India in 2012 & 2014.

Aishwarya Pissay – racer :

Aishwarya Pissay is an Indian off-road racer. She is the first Indian woman to win 5 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship combined. She found her passion in racing as she turned 18, while taking small road trips around her home town Bengaluru. 

She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in International racing.

Interest in riding :

After completing her commerce degree through correspondence from Bangalore University, she continued with the passion of her life, riding.  After enrolling for a formal training, she started riding in competitions in 2016, and has been supported by TVS Co. from last year.  She participates both in circuit races and off-roading raids.  For her whether it is circuit or off-roading, it is raiding at the end of the day.

Consequently she learned  how to master the art of riding a bike. This hobby grew into a profession as she won 4 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship in 2016 and 2017 and competed in the National Rally Championship in 2018, winning it as well.  She also became the first Indian woman to compete in the Bajaj Aragon World Rally in Spain held in 2018.

She has seen ups and downs in her path to success.  She is good in breaking barriers at every step to achieve what she aims for.   The young achiever believes that a lot more is to be done for the cause of women in motorsport.

Career :

In 2016,  Aishwarya graduated from Apex Racing Academy and won the Honda One Make Championship. She secured 5th position in the Dakshin Dare and 2nd place in the Asia Road Racing cup. She also won Indian National Rally Championship in the year 2016.

In 2017, Aishwarya won the CEAT Sprint Rally and also graduated from the California Superbike School in 2017. She won the Indian National Road Racing Championship and the Indian National Ra;;u Championship in the same year. 

Aishwarya secured 3rd place in Dakshin Dare Group – B and finished 4th in the Raid De Himalaya and was the only female rider to complete the course in the “Xtreme” category.

Pissay also won the TVS one-make Road Racing championship in 2017, making this her 4th national championship overall.  TVS Racing signed Aishwarya Pissay on board as a factory racer in the same year.

In 2018, she won the Indian National Rally championship. She competed in the Bajaj Aragon rally, where she crashed on the final day of the event forcing her to retire from the event.

Awards :

Aishwarya received the TiE Young Achiever of the Year award in 2016 She also received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI in 2016.  She received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for the 2nd consecutive year in 2017 and also the Sports Women of the Year Award by Autotruck Magazine.

Sanjana Ramesh-Basket ball player :

Basketball started as a way to prove her capabilities in sports to her brother for Sanjana Ramesh. And, that’s how the 17-year-old has embarked on the path of making India proud with her game.  Hailing from Chennai and now living in Bengaluru.

Sanjana is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in Basket ball.

Early life :

Sanjana Ramesh often competed against her older brother in soccer and badminton, honing her competitive spirit. She started playing basketball at 12 as a hobby with friends. By 13, she was playing for her state team. Basketball quickly transformed into her favorite sport.

Sanjana’s good game got recognition in no time and four years after playing basketball for the first time, she was in the India U-16 team and was picked as the captain of the Indian Under-16 team last year for the Asian championship Division B.

The young basketball player was among the 18 best female basketball prospects from across India, who were picked for the NBA camp. There, she received training from Olympic gold medalists Jennifer Azzi and Ruth Riley, former Women’s NBA player Ebony Hoffman, and former college coach Blair Hardiek, along with former India captain Divya Singh.

National & International level :

Sanjana participated in The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), where she received on- and off-court training alongside top female prospects from throughout India.  

The NBA Academies Women’s Programs are designed to engage top female prospects from outside the United States, giving players an opportunity to experience elite coaching and facilities. Along with Hardiek, Ruth Riley and Jennifer Azzi are also technical directors. The experience was transformative for Ramesh.

 Following the NBA Academies Women’s Program camp, Ramesh was then named the MVP of the girls’ division at Basketball Without Borders Asia, a three-day basketball development camp featuring the top male and female basketball prospects from throughout Asia.

Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda(born 18 September 1989) is a badminton player who represents India at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta. 

Ms. Ponnappa is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the international badminton arena.

This  pair has won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Common Wealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships.

They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as No. 10 position.  Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.

Early life of Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa was born to CA Ponnappa and Cauvery Ponnappa on 18 December 1989 in the Karnataka capital of Bengaluru. Her father played hockey for India. However Ashwini preferred badminton over hockey and started training in badminton.

She attended the St. Francis Xavier’s Girls High School in Bengaluru before moving to Hyderabad for her Bachelor’s degree. She would actively play hockey at the university level.

Ponnappa’s first success came in 2001 when she won her first national medal in the sub-junior girls’ doubles category. In addition to that, she also won the national title in sub-junior girls’ doubles in 2005, and the Junior girls’ doubles National cup in 2006 and 2007.

International arena :

Ashwini Ponnappa’s  first international title came in the South Asian Games, where she won the gold medal in mixed doubles and the team events in 2010. Later, in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she scripted history, winning the gold medal in Women’s doubles event.

With Jwala Gutta, she became the first woman to win the yellow metal in the event. The top podium spot was thus elemental to her becoming a popular name in the country.

Marriage :

In December 2017, Ponnappa married businessman-model Karan Medappa in a private wedding ceremony in Coorg, Karnataka. The wedding ceremony proceeded according to traditional Kodava style. Among the guests were some of the biggest names in the world of badminton, including Rohan Bopanna, Jyotsna Chinappa, longtime women’s doubles partner, Jwala Gutta among others.

Achievements/Titles :

Gold at 2010 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at BWF World Championships 2011 ( Women’s double )

Silver at 2014 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at the 2014 Asia Championships (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2015 BWF Grand Prix Canada Open (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2016 South Asian Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at 2018 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

We at wish good luck to all these young women achievers from namma Bengaluru.