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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Parking restrictions for IPL match


Citizens roiled over Palike’s plan to revive Halagevaderahalli lake
G Manjusainath BANGALORE: The residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar are up in arms against the plans of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to ‘rejuvenate’ the Halagevaderahalli Lake at a cost of Rs two crore.

Get your voter ID cards at B-One centres soon
Sandeep Moudgal BANGALORE: In an attempt to ensure that most Bangloreans have an election photo identity card (EPIC) by the time Karnataka goes to polls, the Election Commission is providing an easier and faster way to obtain the cards. The poll panel has decided to delegate the task of issuing the cards to BangaloreOne centres in the City.

Traffic police have banned parking of vehicles on the following roads in view of Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket match on April 4. There will be no parking on the following roads between 11 am and 10 pm: Both sides on Queen’s Road - between CTO Circle and Queen’s Circle; both sides on Mahatma Gandhi Road between Anil Kumble Circle and Queen’s Circle; Link Road between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Cubbon Road; Raj Bhavan Road, T Chowdiah Road and Race Course Road; both adjoining roads of the stadium; both sides on Central Street; Cubbon Road - between BRV Circle and Dickenson Road Junction; between Kamaraj Road Junction and Dickenson Road junction; Madras Bank Road - between SBI Circle and Ashivardam Circle; Museum Road - between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Madras Bank Road and up to Residency Road; Kasturba Road - between Queen’s Circle and Hudson Circle; Grand Road between Siddalingaiah Circle and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Circle; inside Cubbon Park on King's Road, in front of Press Club, Bal Bhavan and Fountain Road; from Queen’s Circle till Grant Junction on Lavelle Road; from Siddalingaiah Circle to Bishop Cotton Girls’ school on Vittal Mallya Road. Parking is allowed on the following stretches: St Joseph Indian High School Ground and Kanteerava Stadium and first floor on Shivajinagar bus stand. Parking for vehicles of police and other staff deployed for the security duty has been provided in front of KGID building. Entrance for pedestrians: From gate number 1 to 8. Gate numbers 17 to 20 are located on Link Road and those coming from Anil Kumble Circle can directly use the Link Road.

This, at a time, when the residents’ efforts to save one of the City’s oldest water bodies, are bearing fruits. The Palike has created an island in the middle of the water body and built the lake bund, along with beautifying the entire area. It has also laid drains that would fetch rainwater flowing through side drains of the residential locality. The residents are wary of BBMP’s plan to divert a major stormwater drain (SWD), which flows next to Halagevaderahalli, into the water

body. They fear that diverting the stormwater drain into the water body will defeat the purpose of lake rejuvenation. In the process of letting the stormwater into the rejuvenated water body, the Palike has damaged a good portion of the concrete wall of the stormwater drain, which was built only a few months ago. BBMP officials, however, claim that the existing rainwater will not be sufficient to fill the water body and hence, the need to divert rainwater into the lake. They said only a few feet of the wall would be demolished to allow rainwater to flow into the water body during rainy season and not the sewage. The residents said that they would write to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, asking it to stop the flow of sewage into the stormwater drain.

Sewage treatment plant The BBMP officials have suggested setting up of a sewage treatment plant near the water body and let the treated water into the lake. However, the residents are not convinced, as they believe it would only choke the water body. Niveditha, a member of Icare (a local group of residents), said she did not want BBMP to prepare plans which were not lake-friendly. “If the intention was to spoil the water body, then why did the BBMP spend so much for its rejuvenation? We do not want rainwater coming through the major SWD,” she said. Another member of the group said such plans were made so that the ‘lucrative business’ of de-weeding and de-siltThe damaged portion of the stormwater drain has become a ing continues.
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bone of contention between the residents and the Palike.

While the Commission will not charge any fee for the firsttime applicants, those seeking a duplicate card will have to pay Rs 25 at the B-One centres. Currently, the BBMP offices do not charge any fee for issuing a duplicate card. Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha told Deccan Herald that the Election Commission and the Department of e-Governance were finalising the procedure and it had been DH News Service

planned to launch the service this week. Jha said the Commission was in the process of ensuring BangaloreOne Centres get ‘approved and actual’ database of voters to carry out the task. The Election Commission hopes to reduce the burden on the revenue inspectors and other booth-level officials by decentralising the process of issue of cards. Sources said, to begin with, 20 larger BangaloreOne Centres will be given the responsibility of issuing the cards. However, officials have advised citizens that it would be easier to make corrections or changes at the BBMP ward offices. According to officials, the BangaloreOne centres will set up necessary infrastructure to issue election cards.

Expert calls for constructive policies to spur growth
BANGALORE: Coming down heavily on Centre’s populist policies with an eye on polls, Union Ministry of Finance Chief Economic Advisor Dr Raghuram G Rajan, on Monday, exhorted the need to adopt a more constructive policy in order to ensure the country achieved true economic growth. In this regard, he cited the example of country’s agriculture sector, whose productivity has fallen down, despite huge waivers and tax subsidies being provided to farmers. Addressing the 38th Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore, he said, it is far better to provide real investments in areas like irrigation by reducing distortionary subsidies such as free electricity and create more jobs outside agriculture.” Such concrete steps are necessary for free enterprise to reinforce each other and ensure their delicate balance so crucial for the country,” he added. “A job is the best form of inclusion. We must understand that the line between equipping the poor to get decent jobs and populist vote-buying is a thin one and governments must be careful not to cross it,” he warned. Further, stating that the rich are playing a pivotal role in raising resources for such spending, he called for putting in place a system of punishments for not declaring one’s taxes but also reward if one does so.

RAIN FURY: Motorists wade through the waterlogged Cantonment railway underpass on Monday night. (Below) A traffic policeman clears the branch of an uprooted tree in front of Jal Bhavan on Bannerghatta Road. DH PHOTO

Rachita Rasiwava, a physically challenged student, receives the certificate from Mukesh Ambani at the 38th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore on Monday. DH PHOTO

BWSSB water adalat today
BANGALORE: The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will hold a grievance meet on Tuesday between 7 am and 9.30 am at eight of its subdivisions. The meet will be held at West-2 (Nagarabhavi), South-2 (Kothanur Dinne), East-2 (AECS Layout), North-2 (Yelahanka New Town), North-East-2 (KG Tower), North-West-2 (Kamakshipalya), South-4 (H S R Layout) and South-West4 (JP Nagar). The Board will hold a water adalat to settle disputes related to water billing, delay in supply and sanitary connections etc between 9.30 and 11 am at South-West-1, West-1 and South-East-1 subdivisions. Disputes of customers coming under the jurisdiction of VV Puram/Sudhamnagar-2, Kempegowda Nagar, Jagajeevanram Nagar and Chamarajpet of SouthWest-1 sub-division, Magadi Road-1 and 2, Mysore Road, Hosahalli of West-1 sub-division and Domlur and Ulsoor of South-East-1 will be settled at the adalat. The BWSSB will deploy 12 jetting and sucking machines to clear the sewage lines in Domlur, Ulsoor, CLR Johnson Market areas of South-1 sub-division on Tuesday. DH News Service

Thundershowers likely, but sun will blaze
BANGALORE: The meteoro-

logical department has said the City will experience thundershowers on Tuesday towards night. The City is likely to receive rain, accompanied by thunder over the next 24 hours, with partially cloudy sky. However, the department has forecast a maximum temperature of 35 degree Celsius and a minimum of 20 degree Celsius. Treefalls were reported in RT Nagar, BTM Layout and Jayanagar 9th Block. Two treefalls were reported in Koramangala. On Monday, traces of rainfall were recorded, with showers in HAL area. Traffic jams were reported from in and around the Majestic area in the evening. Traffic on Bannerghatta Road near Jal Bhavan was affected for more than two hours as a big tree came crashing down late on Sunday night. The local police and BBMP staff had a tough time in clearing the tree from the road. Traffic was adversely affected in RT Nagar, Hebbal, Shan-

“Why not a Padma Bhushan to highest income tax payer in the country as a recognition?” he asked. IIM-B Board Chairman Mukesh Ambani, in his address, exhorted the students to strive for higher aspirations and move up in life, observing that graduating was not only about education or moving ‘out’ of IIM. Citing his father’s example, the Ambani scion and Reliance Industries Chairman said, students must not hesitate to go ahead and grab whatever opportunities came their way. For, according him, “when talent

meets opportunity, magic happens.” Noting that “one should not only go through life, but should ‘grow’ through life,” Ambani advised the graduates to develop the spirit of enquiry and questioning in order to better their status in life. Giving away degrees to 562 students of various post graduate management courses, Ambani asked the students to move up the ladder of excellence “for bigger causes and higher aspirations” and channelise their energies to make an impact on the world.
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Fill posts in consumer forums: HC to govt
BANGALORE: The High Court

thinagar as traffic signals malfunctioned. A tree fell down near BDA Circle at Palace Guttahalli on Monday night. “We informed the local BBMP staff and they cleared the tree. The incident affected vehicular movement in and

around Cauvery Junction and the police deployed additional force to ensure smooth movement of vehicles,” the traffic police said. Traffic in and around Upparpet and Chickpet was also adversely affected as a few low-

lying areas were inundated with rainwater. Movement on Seshadri Road, Tank Bund Road, Goodshed Road and surrounding areas was affected. It was a similar situation in Shanthingar, said the traffic police.
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Army facilities to go vertical for want of land

City weather
FORECAST: Partly cloudy sky. Rain or thunder showers would occur at some places. TEMPERATURES Maximum Minimum Rainfall Humidity Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset 34.5 C 20.7 C Trace 43 pc 6.15 am 6.31 pm -11.17 am

Army, after deliberations at various levels, has decided to go ‘vertical,’ while constructing its new facilities in the City. Bangalore, the headquarters of the Karnataka and Kerala Sub-Area of the Indian Army, is a key location under the Southern Command, housing many establishments and facilities. However, severe shortage of land coupled with encroachments by various people and agencies has left the Sub-Area with no choice but to go ‘vertical,’ something that the Army is not known to have done in the past. Speaking to Deccan Herald, Major General (retd) K S Venugopal, who retired as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Sub-Area on Sunday, said: “If you look at all our establishments across the country, we barely have vertical buildings. But, given the pressure on land here, we have de-

cided that our living areas and office establishments will be planned vertically so as to use the land available with us efficiently.” Going by the magnitude of activity in each station, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) authorises the extent of land the stations can possess. In Karnataka, the Army has been authorised to keep 8,772 acre, with a majority portion of it in Bangalore. However, the SubArea has only about 4,400 acre. Of this, about 95 acre has been encroached upon. Almost 90 per cent of the encroachment has happened in Bangalore, Venugopal said. Ensuring vigilance Sources in the South Block said that the MoD had issued detailed instructions to various commands emphasising the need for ensuring vigilance, detection and prevention of new encroachments. The action for removal of encroachment, in

case of already encroached land, sources said “is taken under the provisions of Cantonments Act 2006, as well as the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants), Act, 1971.” But, given that most of the encroachments here have been in the form of unauthorised colonies and slums, the Army is not being as vigorous and instead it is in talks with the State government for alternative land. “We are fighting 59 cases in various courts to retrieve our lands here and we are confident that we will get our lands back,” a senior officer said.

New projects Given Bangalore’s reputation in the fields of technology and innovation, the Army is planning to set up a lot of new, futurist establishments here. But, there is absolutely no land. “It was after the assessment of this situation that the decision to go vertical was taken,” the offi- DH News Service

cer said. Speaking about one such facility being planned by the Army, Venugopal told Deccan Herald: “An IT facility was supposed to have been set up here, but we are still looking for suitable land.” He said that the State Government, which has agreed to provide alternative land for the one being encroached, has shown more than two places. “We have already seen land in Kengeri and Yelahanka and another one. But, no decision has been made as yet,” he said. Among the three places, one was rejected as there were too many high-tension wires and other obstacles, while details about another has been sent to the MoD for its concurrence. The new facility is likely to come up here, provided the government has with it all the documents pertaining to the said land and can promise that there are no encumbrances.

on Monday directed the State government to appoint presidents and members to Karnataka State Consumers’ Commission and district consumer forums. Hearing a petition by Basavanagouda Patil and others, the division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna ordered that these appointments be made within next two months. The petitioners submitted that the post of district consumer forum presidents were vacant in Kolar, Bidar, Hassan, Kodagu, Bangalore II Additional District Consumer Forum, Shimoga and Yadgir. The petitioners, furnishing the information obtained under the Right to Information Act, submitted the list of 18 positions that are vacant in various forums. They also pointed out that some of these forums are defunct as there post are vacant. Due to these vacancies, cases which should have been disposed off within three months have prolonged for about two years. When the bench sought the government’s intent on filling up the vacancies, the government’s counsel submitted that the vacancies cannot be filled up in view of the Assembly elections. However, the bench, in its interim order, directed the State to fill up all vacancies within June 3, 2013.

Siddaiah accuses Sharma of vendetta

Stay on ED notice The High Court has ordered a three-week stay on the notice issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, his wife and two others to vacate their properties. The notice had been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. Justice S Abdul Nazeer passed the order on a petition filed by Naidu, his wife K Sowbhagya, G Jagadish Chandra Prakash and his wife K S Jalaja, challenging the notice. The court also issued notices to the Joint Director of the Bangalore zonal office and the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Enforcement, Bangalore and directed them to file objections.
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Commissioner Siddaiah, on Monday, alleged that Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force Chief R P Sharma registered a case against him for not allotting a site to the latter in Visveswaraya Layout. BMTF registered a case against Siddaiah for allegedly giving Occupancy Certificate (OC) to two builders who not only violated sanctioned building plan, but also encroached canals and major stormwater drains. Irked by this, Siddaiah accused Sharma of indulging in personal vendetta. In a letter to Chief Secretary, S V Ranganath, Siddaiah said he was ready for a Lokayukta probe, claiming he had given the OC only after consulting the legal department and officials of estate department. Siddaiah said when he was BDA Chairman, Sharma had applied for a 60ft x 40ft site at Visvesvaraya Layout. In his application dated August 19, 2003, Sharma had stated that he has been living in the State for the last 15 years and neither he, his wife nor his family members had any site in Bangalore. “While reviewing his application, we learnt that his wife Nagalambika Devi had got a site in 1998 in the fourth sector of HSR Layout. Hence, we rejected his application and seized the money deposited,” Siddaiah said.