Bad speed breakers have Bengalureans worried

Indian Road Congress guidelines not being followed  Despite complaints over years, Bengalureans are still struggling with unmarked and poorly designed speed breakers. They want BBMP to take action to avoid more accidents. Poornesh N, a student of the RV College of Engineering, Mysuru Road, informed The Observer: “Unpainted speed breakers have been a major issue […]

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Swimmers in a quandary as JP Park pool remains closed

Parents demand a new tender for the facility Bengaluru: The closure of the BBMP swimming pool at JP Park since March 2020 has affected the training schedules of swimmers competing in national and international events. “As the pool is closed, I am finding it very difficult to train,” said Sambhav R, a national-level swimmer. In […]

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Sarakki encroachments have changed shape of water body

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 a […]

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Chopping of trees at Sivananda Circle leaves residents, shop owners fuming

Bengaluru: Residents, shop owners and visitors are disappointed and angry as trees almost 50 years old have been cut down to make way for a steel flyover at Sivananda Circle. BP Suresh, the owner of Sivananda General Stores, informed The Observer about the protests held by them since 2017 against the chopping of trees. “We […]

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Beware, second-hand smoke at hookah bars is dangerous

Most cafes lack separate spaces for hookah fans Lack of restricted areas for hookah smokers in hookah bars has put non-smokers at the risk of inhaling second-hand smoke. “We can’t have a separate space for hookah users because the majority of our customers want us to serve hookah. So we never had a situation when […]

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BBMP lets unregistered daycare centres function

Many are not aware they need to be registered Many daycare centres functioning from houses and apartments are illegal as they are not registered with BBMP.  It is mandatory to register these centres with the civic body.  Registration is almost nil as owners and parents who admit their children are unaware of the provision. BBMP […]

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Households continue to mix waste as penalties not enforced strictly

Mandatory waste segregation still remains a distant dream despite the BBMP’s repeated efforts to tackle the issue. Two weeks after BBMP announced penalties for non-segregation of waste, they have not been enforced strictly. Most citizens continue to mix waste. “Around 70% people in the ward segregate their waste. Initially, we make them aware and then […]

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Marshals at Varthur lake slap Rs 2L fine for garbage dumping

21 of them work in three shifts Following the deployment of 21 marshals at Varthur lake, strict measures are being taken against those who dump trash into the water body. Wesly Fernandez, one of the marshals, informed The Observer: “We work around the lake on three shifts. Every shift has seven marshals, with one in charge […]

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