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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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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Poor working conditions in dry waste collection centres

Dry waste collection centres (DWCC), mandatory in all BBMP wards, do not follow the guidelines for waste segregation and human resources, endangering the safety and health of workers. Workers say they lack proper training and safety equipment, and do not have decent workplaces. Muthuvel M., owner of the DWCC in Deepanjali Nagara (Ward No 158), […]

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Traffic cops shun the government’s anti-pollution masks

They claim that they are not good and buy their own masks to protect themselves from dust and pollution. Despite high levels of air pollution, traffic constables in Bengaluru do not wear government-provided masks, saying they are not of good quality. “The mask that the government provided is not good. Many of us prefer to […]

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Govt ban fails to prevent home delivery of booze

Stores deliver alcohol to nearby areas without the notice of State Excise Department Despite a high court order and the excise department’s ban on home delivery of alcohol in Karnataka, liquor shop owners have found loopholes to continue it. The Observer contacted a few liquor shops in Kalyan Nagar, HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Panduranga Nagar […]

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Pigeon droppings at Metro stations can make you sick

People with low immunity are most vulnerable. Pigeon droppings cause secondary infections to those who are already ill. Commuters of Namma Metro have a reason to worry that they are not aware of: Pigeon droppings. They can cause up to 60 diseases. “Pigeon droppings will affect the passengers if they are not cleaned for a […]

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