Jaywalking a menace on Outer Ring Road

Road barriers, more skywalks are the solution Jaywalking, or illegal crossing of roads, is a huge problem on Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Bengaluru. Pedestrians cross the road dangerously, putting in danger their lives and those of people travelling on the road. Jaywalking is common on ORR, especially near the Hebbal and Nagawara junctions. “Often […]

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E-vehicle owners disappointed as charging devices not standardized

Two-wheelers’ plugs don’t fit into BESCOM’s sockets The absence of standardization for plugs and sockets at electric vehicle charging stations is causing inconvenience to owners of electric vehicles. Ayan Ahmed Hussein, who owns an electric scooter, informed The Observer that he couldn’t make effective use of the Bescom charging station because the plugs were different. […]

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Service roads on ORR dug up for pillars

Rerouting traffic would ease congestion, say experts Service roads along Outer Ring Road have been dug up to erect pillars for Namma Metro’s Red Line, causing inconvenience to residents of Kalyan Nagar, HRBR Layout and Kammanahalli. They fear the pillars will make it difficult for them to access the inner roads. Raju Zacharia, a resident […]

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Vehicle modifications cause noise pollution and accidents

Despite restrictions on vehicle alterations, several drivers in Bengaluru modify their vehicles and ride them. These vehicle modifications are responsible for road accidents and noise pollution. Despite restrictions on vehicle alterations, several drivers in Bengaluru modify their vehicles and ride them. These vehicle modifications are responsible for road accidents and noise pollution. Sajjan R, an […]

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Untreated sewage is slowly killing Puttenahalli lake

Residents complain of foul smell and mosquito menace; Officials blame the slum-dwellers. Untreated sewage is being released into Puttenahalli lake in JP Nagar 7th phase. Residents say that despite several complaints, BBMP has done nothing to stop it. Poorna Chandra, a resident of Bank of Baroda Layout which is near the lake, informed The Observer: […]

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Life savers are helpless due to traffic jams

Patients suffer as ambulances do not reach on time due to heavy traffic congestion across the city. Heavy traffic congestion in Bengaluru is preventing ambulances from reaching patients on time. Hareesh G, an ambulance driver, informed The Observer: “From 9am to noon and from 5pm to 7pm, we face the most traffic congestion. We try […]

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Dry and dead bamboo poses fire hazard in Cubbon Park.

Contractors not interested in purchasing it; they complain that it is of poor quality. Meghna Das Chowdhury The Karnataka horticulture department, which takes care of Cubbon Park, is unable to find contractors to buy dried bamboo, which can catch fire. The department has taken upon itself the job of cutting and clearing out the bamboo […]

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Delayed Metro Phase 2 work brings hardship and worry

Businesses badly hit in various parts of the city like Kengeri, KR Puram, Silk Board Junction. Meghna Das Chowdhury The delay in the completion of Namma Metro Phase 2 is increasing traffic congestion. People of Kengeri, Silk Board Junction and K.R. Puram complain their lives and businesses are disrupted due to traffic jams. The project […]

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Autos with 2-stroke engines still run in Bengaluru

Though the Karnataka government proposes to ban two-stroke engines, autorickshaws and motorcycles fitted with these engines continue to ply in Bengaluru. Autorickshaw drivers say they are unaware of the proposed ban and the pollution caused by two-stroke engines. Nagaraj Kumar, the driver of an autorickshaw with a two-stroke engine, informed The Observer: “I am not […]

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Science Park gadgets out of order, visitors disappointed

Poor maintenance and mishandling are likely reasons. The authorities say that they are working on it. Meghna Das Chowdhury Most gadgets and equipment at the Science Park of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium are dysfunctional, leaving visitors disappointed. “I have visited this Science Park before,” said Sreeya, a visitor. “Earlier when I came here, all equipment […]

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