Botched up opening ceremony for Jayadeva flyover

It seems our white-kurta clad men botched up the opening ceremony for Jayadeva flyover as well. As per the original poster(s), they gifted a never-to-forget morning commute to drivers who got caught in the melee.

Remember how they had punctured the airport road flyover for the opening ceremony? Apparently an encore happned here as well!

Parivartan says the right thing

These guys (Parivartan) have been awarded the 2006 Magsaysay Award. Should be a good news and publicity for RTI and citizen driven apolitical movements. I fully agree with what Parivartan says on its website:

The real change would come when the people start demanding accountability and the government is forced to respond. Then it would not be easy for the governments to go astray.

It is ultimately our city, our state and our country. We can’t just not participate in how our cities and state get managed. We got to push, demand, participate, whatever. But we can’t leave it in the hands of a few folks we ourselves call corrupt and selfish. Doing that is almost criminal!

Anyone else wanting to join forces to do this and a few more PILs focused on how Bangalore is getting run today?

How beggars lose limbs

I was stunned to see this report on CNN-IBN yesterday. I only hope it is not true. If it is, then I will like to see what punishment awaits this (or these) doctors.

See the video yourself: “Why and how beggars lose limbs“.

The brutal ways of the beggar mafia know no boundary. In order to sustain their business, they don’t hesitate to use willing doctors to first invalidate totally healthy limbs and then hack them off before pushing the victims back on the streets to live off their earnings.

Cant find words beyond shocking, inhuman.

Rings around Bangalore

I said a month ago there were two peripheral ring roads planned for Bangalore. Increment that count by two please. As per that news article about BMRDA’s plan for fringe townships, we are going to have two more.

SATELLITE TOWNS RING ROAD (STRR)
Length: 284 km; 8- lane with 2-lane service road
Connects: Dobbaspet- Magadi- Ramanagaram- Kanakapura- Anekal- Hoskote- Devanahalli- Doddaballapur.
Land required: 6,303 acres
Estimated cost: Rs 1,150crore

And

INTERMEDIATE RING ROAD (IRR)
Length: 188 km; 8- lane with 2-lane service road
Connects: Nelamangala- Bidadi- Harohalli- Tattekere- Hoskote- Aradeshanahalli- Mylenahalli.
Land required: 4,182 acres
Estimated cost: Rs 750 crore

Just the way number of concentric rings in the stump tells you the age of a tree, these peripheral roads will live to tell the story of Bangalore’s growth!

How to get to Bangalore International Airport – II

Time for an update after the first post on the subject. It is still not clear as to how long it will take me to get to this International Airport when it gets ready.

There has always been this plan for a rail link between city and the airport. Last month, BIAL CEO Mr Brunner presented this plan that passengers will be able to check-in at a railway station in the city itself and then just take a train to the airport with a boarding pass in hand.

And for the first time, this weekend, we got some concrete news on plans for this rail link. No dates and time-lines though. And as far as I know, nothing has been reported yet on route and location of the stations on this line either.

I am willing to bet that this rail link wont be ready before the new airport opens.

Good to see BMRDA think long term

It was great to read this news about BMRDA proposing five townships on the fringes of Bangalore:

On the cards is the development of five townships at a distance of 35 to 75 km from Bangalore City. Bidadi and Ramanagaram, Solur, Sathanur and Nandagudi will be covered under the plan.

Wonderful! This certainly is a thought in the right direction. A word of caution though. This should be more than just setting up 2 nice peripheral roads connecting these towns. And thought BMRDA is clear it does not want to develop satellite towns, i.e:

A satellite town per se depends on its mother city for sustenance, while a township is a self-sustaining unit, it is explained.

If they can’t convince a critical mass of job providers (IT, BPO uints?) to shift base to these towns, these towns may end up becoming just that. If BMRDA is serious about de-congesting Bangalore, it better plan on shifting some employers to these fringe towns. State government itself is a big employer, and could take the lead by shifting its offices to say Ramanagaram. Unfortunately, the news item quotes SUDHIR KRISHNA, Metropolitan Commissioner, BMRDA as saying:

There will be no relocation of the existing population in these towns. Their economic integration by means of skills training and self-employment generation is part of the project.

Easy to say these things. But government’s record on providing capabilities for self-employment generation are well known. And last, let us hope this plan does not become another BMIC like thing. Grand plan on paper, that takes 20 years to turn into reality.

All in all, this sounds like a good thought. Whether this is a good plan or not, let us judge after we get to know the details.

Neal n Nikki at 8 pm

Turned on TV just before dinner, and noticed Sony was screening “Neal n Nikki”. What a shocker! This movie was better off getting titled Neal n bra, or just Nik-toria’s secret.

What is Sony thinking putting on a movie like this on at 8 pm! Is 8 late in the night? Or is “Neal n Niki ” a family fare?

Someone needs to monitor and censor these TV channels. A few ads they telecast already cross the line. And Sony might just be testing waters by running Niktoria’s secret in primetime. Good TRP ratings here may mean more of the same.

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