Second wave leads to open cremations, environment in danger

Makeshift crematoriums increase demand for firewood causing air pollution. Bengaluru: Environmentalists believe that open cremation of a body releases a lot of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, greenhouse gases that cause air pollution. “The mass burning could have been avoided on such a large scale. Whenever wood is being burnt, it doesn’t go under complete combustion. […]

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BBMP fails to follow guidelines, expenses skyrocket

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

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Got tested? Your ID might be with someone else

April 22, 2021 Parakh Sinha A loophole in PHC (Public Health Centre) COVID testing machinery breaches the privacy of Bangalore citizens. The auto-generated message you receive on your registered mobile number after gettingtested for COVID 19 in a PHC (Public Health Centre) in Bangalore provides you with two 13 digit SRF (Specimen Referral Form) Ids, […]

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Inefficiencies of BBMP to blame for its low ranking

Meddling by politicians and a poor property tax system are other issues Financial, technological and planning inefficiencies are to be blamed for BBMP’s low ranking in the Municipal Performance Index report 2020. BBMP ranks 31st out of 51 municipalities.  According to the Municipal Performance Index report 2020, published by the Ministry of Housing and Urban […]

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Roadside Plants in Bangalore Losing It’s Colour

BBMP is unable to maintain the roadside plants due to lack of funds. Roadside plants in Yeshwantpur, Residency Road, Cubbon Park, Koramangla and M.G Road have dried up due to lack of maintenance by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahangar Palike (BBMP). Akansha Dubey, a resident at Kornangala, said, “I remember travelling from the Yeshwantpur metro and […]

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Sarakki Encroachments have Changed Shape of Water Body

Bengaluru: The Sarakki lake bed, in south Bengaluru, has been encroached upon in such a way that its southern end has turned into a thin tail where three temples have been built illegally.  The Observer visited ten of the 15 illegally built religious structures on the lake bed. At the southern end, encroachment starts with […]

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