Committee to restructure the city has submitted its final proposes 3-tier system of governance, with ward committees at the local level, 5 new municipal corporations, and a city-wide planning body. These changes should be brought in through the enactment of a Greater Bengaluru Act - similar to the BMRG Bill that ABIDe proposed in 2010. Meanwhile, elections to the BBMP council have also been scheduled, although the state legislature is considering the wind-up of BBMP itself.
After a prolonged effort by various stakeholders, Bengaluru is close to putting in place a comprehensive waste management approach that many other cities can use for their Swachh Bharat initiatives. The new contracts to be tendered by BBMP are based on segregated waste, stream-wise handing, data-based estimation for contracts, a marketplace for waste solution providers, and capacity building in government.
Mapunity, Biome, Wipro and ACWADAM presented the first cut of the participatory hydrogeology platform, and invited participation from more communities to help understand exactly how much water we have. In parallel, I am working on a proposal - called Matthondu Cauvery - to add 1500 MLD of water supply to the city, from a range of conservation practices.
Roads and Traffic
Elevated North-South and East-West corridors announced - these were proposed by the Committee to Decongest Bengaluru, and should help carry bulk of cross-town travel, leaving the grade level to neighbourhood traffic. Tender SURE roads being inaugurated - on-the-ground examples of the benefits of wider footpaths, as well as improved design of road infrastructure. 50 more roads to be similarly developed.
Citizens 4 The City
Corporate CSR joins hands with local residents to improve the city. The Neighbourhood Improvement Partnership, proposed by CPPS as an accelerator for civic improvements, takes shape in the form of a competition - the Citizens for the City challenge, sponsored by United Technologies. 24 June is the last date for applications - up 10 a dozen awards of up to Rs.15 lakhs to be won.
In response on court orders, BDA and the Revenue Department are clearing extensive tracts of encroachments in lake-beds. While the recovery of the public spaces is seen as a positive step by many residents, there is also concern that officials who failed to stop these encroachments are being let off, and the demolitions are being carried out without any thought to the recourse for those losing their homes now.
BIG Bus Network
The BIG trunk-and-feeder bus network, which I proposed and helped launch in 2009, is now well into the second generation. The expanded schedule of high frequency buses has been launched on Hosur, Kanakapura, Old Madras and Tumkur Roads, and will be extended to the other 8 roads as well. BMTC is working on an electronic ticketing system, and also a passenger information system to help the public know when their bus will arrive at their stop.
NB Annual Awards
The sixth year of the Namma Bengaluru annual awards were announced, with winners in 14 categories, including 2 new ones this year. Know the winners at the NBA web site.