• Send comments on Bengaluru Comprehensive Mobility Plan
    BMRC received all the suggestions from us. Last date of submitting suggestions was January 20, 2020. We would be meeting BMRC MD in early February to discuss the project. We met DULT Commissioner and BMRCL MD on 19 February 2020 and are following up on a number of recommendations sent by us. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BMRCL extended the deadline to gather public feedback on the proposed CMP (Comprehensive Mobility Plan) till January 20, 2020. Citizens of Bengaluru can send their comments to Metro using this page. 1. I question the legality of this CMP because it does not follow the due process described by KMC (MPC, Ward Committees) Metro is not the authorized agency to create a city-wide mobility master plan and will not clear legal scrutiny. 2.I demand that the elevated corridors be entirely removed from this plan wherever it lands. The project has been cancelled due to massive public opposition last year. Our city needs to stay focused on public transport for the next 15 years since we missed the boat for the last 30 years. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Getting stuck in traffic every day is the norm in the life of every Bangalorean. Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Bengaluru while has some good proposal it misses out on some key aspects around mobility. We have Just 4 days, until January 6, to give our feedback to on the draft CMP for Bengaluru. The CMP, a 226-page plan, outlines an overall transport/mobility strategy and specific projects for the next 15 years in Bengaluru. The CMP Plan has not been prepared in consultation with the Bengaluru city Master Plan (RMP 2031). Ideally, it should be part of the master plan because mobility plans cannot be made in isolation. Where people live and work has everything to do with mobility. The biggest problem with this plan however is something all of us fought very hard last year - the dreaded elevated corridor makes an appearance in the plan for phase 2 and phase 3. Time and again, Bengalureans have objected to the proposal of the elevated corridor. Bengaluru does not need more projects that attract more vehicles and cut trees - instead, investments and energies should be driven towards public transport in the next ten years. The plan includes positive proposals around public transport and disincentivizes private transport (parking fee, congestion charge etc) but risks negate all these with the elevated corridor. We need to convey these points as such ad hoc plans are not likely to progress and likely to be at odds with the overall city master plan. Time is of the essence and if we want to have a better mobility system, we need to send in our inputs. Click on the email to send these to BMRC inputs to the plan before 6 Jan 2020.
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  • Save 8561 trees from being axed in Bengaluru!
    UPDATE 1. On 5 February 2020, Fridays for future along with citizens of Bangalore participated created a Human Chain to protest against the cutting of trees. 2. On 6 February Some citizens met Deputy conservator of forest and asked him to intervene but DCF suggested that tree authority can only send recommendations and are under a lot of pressure to pass the order for clearing of trees. 3. On 14 February Children protested in their school and outside on Sarjapur road to talk about the felling of trees in the green heart campaign. 4. February about 35 citizens from Bangalore visited KRDCL office to deliver petition and talk to MD about the project. MD denied the need for EIA or public consultation for any road widening project. Over 30 RTI were filled by citizens on 14 February regarding the project. 5. Citizens did not receive any updates on the RTIs even after the one month of filing RTIs. 6. KRDCL has issued orders to fell the trees in Anekal Taluk as part of the project. The process would start on 8 July. These are very difficult & unprecedented times. We never expected that a tiny virus like COVID-19 will bring life to a standstill for months. We are all still grappling with the effects of a less understood VIRUS and with even lesser understanding of how to combat it, and this is a ZOONOTIC DISEASE. One of the causes for repeated emergence of zoonotic diseases is due to wild animals’ habitat deprivation, the animals dead or alive interacting with HUMANS & hence such ZOONOTIC diseases spreading & mutating causing irreversible damages to humans & our way of life. It is ironic that during COVID-19 pandemic, the Forest Department has given orders to clear trees, in spite of all requests by COURT to stay any such action, by issuing permission to fell them and widen roads. This is CONTEMPT of court by your department. Bengaluru, our green cover is under threat once again. 8561 trees are proposed to be cut for a road-widening project, in order to decongest the tech corridor. Existing two-lane and four-lane roads will be converted into four-lane and six-lane ones on the stretch between Bannerghatta, Sarjapur, Mandur, Anekal and Whitefield. Some of these trees are over 80 years old and include peepal, banyan, tamarind and other species. In just the past couple of years, air pollution has risen drastically in Bengaluru, with construction dust, garbage burning and the rise in private vehicles leading to more emissions. In the midst of this, the city's old trees are a natural buffer and their loss for development projects will lead to worsening impact of climate change, not to mention the health effects of air pollution. This is what the project looks like in a nut-shell. - 4 Projects - Estimate 2000 + crore - Cost per km - 8.44 crore - Numbers of trees to be cut - 8561(according to official number, actual numbers may be higher) - Lack of Transparency - No Detailed Project Report - Available in public domain -- Number of public consultation done on the project - zero -- Public consultation about tree cutting - -- On December 24, members of trees authority came unprepared to answer citizen questions. -- On 20 Jan 2020, order issued that jurisdiction of trees outside BBMP does not fall under Tree committee! Bangalore has always been known as the Garden City. However, rampant development due to unplanned real estate and road widening projects, we are on the path to losing that tag. We are moving backwards, destroying our green cover for a concrete jungle even as other countries realise the true meaning of development without sidelining the environment. We cannot let this happen. Sign this petition now. Reference https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/krdcl-proposes-to-fell-8561-trees-on-citys-outskirts/articleshow/73502165.cms
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  • MPCB: Penalise polluting industries in Nashik!
    Nashik has a natural green cover thanks to Sahyadri mountain range. This made Nashik famous for clean air and serene weather all year round. The national discourse around air pollution is usually focused on metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune. Nashik, however, is always portrayed as a clean alternative to these metro cities by newspapers.[1] But this picture has started to change in the last few years. Residents of areas surrounding Satpur have started facing heavy smog at night and early mornings during winters. Since November 2019 Nashik's Air Quality is worsening at an alarming rate. An air quality measurement by Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) found Nashik’s Air Quality Index to be above 150 for 12 consecutive days in November. [2] The overall rise of pollution as indicated by CPCB is just the tip of the iceberg. Parts of the city surrounding Industrial areas are experiencing air pollution problems on a daily basis. Satpur MIDC is one such area where Smog has become a daily problem. The pollution around Satpur MIDC in Sant Kabir Nagar, Ambad link road, Serene Meadows is visible to the naked eye! This is especially true for emissions at night making the smog problem worse in the winters. [3] The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) should take action to curb industrial emissions in Satpur MIDC and control the smog problem. MPCB has not updated Satpur MIDC Air Quality data since 29th October 2019.[4] This is unacceptable. This information must be made public NOW! Citizens have the right to know the Air Quality of their areas. MPCB should release this data on their website at earliest. We demand that the health of the people of Nashik be made a priority. The air quality of Nashik must not be neglected with increasing industrialization. नाशिकला सह्याद्रीच्या डोंगररांगांच्या मदतीने चांगला निसर्ग लाभला आहे. यामुळे नाशिक शहर हे वर्षभर मिळणाऱ्या स्वच्छ हवा आणि प्रसन्न वातावरणासाठी महाराष्ट्रात प्रसिद्ध आहे. वायुप्रदुषणाची चर्चा मुख्यत्वे दिल्ली, मुंबई, पुणे अशा मोठ्या शहरांच्या बाबतीतच केली जाते. त्यावेळी नाशिकला मात्र प्रदूषित शहरांतील राहणीमानाचा पर्याय म्हणून बघितले जाते.[1] पण मागील काही वर्षांपासून हे चित्र बदलायला सुरुवात झाली आहे. खासकरून २०१९ च्या नोव्हेंबर महिन्यापासुन नाशिकची हवा वेगाने प्रदूषित होण्यास सुरवात झाली आहे. केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळाच्या Air Quality Monitoring Station च्या आकड्यांनुसार नाशिकचा Air Quality Index नोव्हेंबर मध्ये सलग १२ दिवस १५० पेक्षा जास्त होता. [2] पण केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळाच्या station वरील प्रदूषणाचं हे चित्र म्हणजे फक्त एक सुरुवात आहे. नाशिकच्या सातपूर MIDC भागातील वाढत्या प्रदूषणामुळे आजूबाजूच्या भागात वायू प्रदूषणाचे प्रमाण वाढले आहे. सातपूरच्या आजूबाजूच्या संत कबीरनगर, अंबड लिंक रोड, Serene Medows ह्या परिसरांमधून हे प्रदूषण उघड्या डोळ्यांनी दिसू शकते. खासकरून वाढत्या थंडीसोबत रात्रीच्या वेळी होणाऱ्या प्रदूषणामुळे धुरक्याचा प्रश्न अधिक गंभीर होत चालला आहे. [3] MPCB ने सातपूर MIDC मध्ये रात्रीच्या वेळी मोठ्या प्रमाणात होणाऱ्या औद्योगिक वायू उत्सर्जनाला आळा घालावा जेणेकरून तर धुरक्याचे वाढते प्रमाण नियंत्रणात आणण्यास मदत होईल. सातपूर MIDC भागातील Station ची २९ ऑक्टोबर २०१९ नंतरची माहीती MPCB वेबसाईटवर उपलब्ध नाही. [4] त्यामुळे सातपूर मध्ये होणाऱ्या प्रदूषणाची खरी पातळी समजू शकणे कठीण झाले आहे. आपल्या भागातील हवेच्या गुणवत्तेची पातळी समजणे हा तेथील रहिवाशांचा हक्क आहे. MPCB ने लवकरात लवकर ही माहीती उपलब्ध करून द्यावी. नाशिकच्या नागरिकांचे आरोग्य जपण्याला प्राधान्य असावे. वाढत्या औद्योगिकीरकणात लोकांच्या आरोग्याकडे आणि हवेच्या गुणवत्तेकडे दुर्लक्ष होऊ नये ही आमची मागणी आहे. Sources: 1.http://www.peninsula.co.in/blog/nashik-one-fastest-emerging-cities-maharashtra/ 2. https://www.airvisual.com/india/maharashtra/nashik 3.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/Nashik-air-quality-dips-with-mercury/articleshow/55303995.cms 4. http://www.mpcb.gov.in/air-quality/Nashik/0000000066
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  • Prevent Deforestation at Benniganahalli Lake
    The Benniganahalli Lake is a sight that most of the residents in and around Pai Layout are accustomed to. The tall trees and various birds that can be spotted there during a morning or evening walk has become a part of our daily routine. However, a few years a ago, the lake was in bad shape. It was extremely polluted and filled with sewage and weeds. A terrible stink hung in the air and no birds or fish could be seen. In 2016, the BDA handed over the lake to the BBMP, who spent Rs. 3 crore for the restoration of the lake. The cleaning of weeds and silt began in March 2018. BBMP authorities stated that there was no need to plant saplings as there were already well grown trees on the lake bund. The same trees are now being marked and numbered for chopping down. These trees have been present around the lake for many years. They bloom in every season and provide habitat for various species of birds. The beautiful pink and yellow blossoms that one can enjoy while taking a walk around the lake or driving over the flyover is simply otherworldly. The ducks and herons that thrive on the island and circumference of the lake also add to the aesthetic. The tall grass and bushes are home to species of harmless, non-venomous snakes that usually emerge during the monsoons. If the trees that surround the lake are cut down, the habitat of the various fauna would be lost. The beauty and tranquility of Benniganahalli Lake would be lost. Any resident who is accustomed to taking a morning or evening stroll around the lake would support the notion that the chopping of the trees would be a major loss to the society. The lake ecosystem is unique and the greenery is much needed in the concrete jungle that we currently live in. The birds and animals which have made the lake their home play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the area. I visited the lake on and saw workers numbering the trees. On being asked what they were doing, they informed me that the trees were being marked to be cut down so they can make way for a road that needs to be constructed alongside the metro. The beauty and greenery that surrounds the Benniganahalli Lake is soon to be lost and the birds and animals that have returned to the lake only a couple of years ago are soon to rendered homeless again. The need for action is immediate and I request you to kindly sign this petition and help request the BMRCL to keep the deforestation to a minimum.
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  • Save 63,799 trees from getting axed in Lucknow!
    Lucknow is one of the most polluted cities in India. At a time when the city must protect and grow it’s green cover, Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has ordered for almost 64,000 trees to be cut down! In February 2020, the city will host a defence expo where the defence forces’ latest arms and weaponry will be displayed to guests from several countries. For this 2-day expo, trees that have grown over 2 decades will be mercilessly cut down. As a response, the LDA has said they will plant the same number of trees in different locations. But for the next few decades, until the trees grow, the people of Lucknow will continue to suffer from rapidly rising air pollution levels. LDA has requested for nearly 60 lakhs to replant the trees. Not only are they felling 64,000 trees and worsening the air of the city, they are further using taxpayers’ money in a poor compensation for their avoidable act. January 15, 2020 is the deadline for the trees to be felled and land to be handed over for the expo. In the recent past, citizens have mobilised for our forests on various occasions. 64,000 trees are in need of our help. Join the campaign to save them. Sources: UP Govt to Hack Almost 64,000 Trees for Defence Exhibition in Lucknow - The Wire Bad Air Day: UP Govt to cut nearly 64,000 trees in Lucknow for Defence Expo - Sabrang
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  • We don’t want Bolsonaro for Republic Day
    The Indian Government announced that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade next year. Each year, India invites the heads of other states as the chief guest for its Republic Day celebrations on 26 January. In the past, eminent personalities like Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama and Shinzo Abe have been among the chief guests. But Modi’s invitation to Bolsonaro is a cause for concern for many of us. (1) Bolsonaro’s politics — be his take on the Amazon fires, women’s rights or LGBTQ rights or democratic rights in general — are problematic. While the Amazon fires were raging in August, Reuters reported that in 2019, Brazil reported the highest number of forest fires since 2010, an 83% increase over the same period of 2018(2). After he took office, Bolsonaro ignored international worries about deforestation in the Amazon and said that he wanted to open up protected lands for development in order to spur economic growth. Recently, he has a new scapegoat for the fires in the Amazon: “cool guy” Leonardo DiCaprio.In a speech from the presidential palace he referred to social media posts alleging DiCaprio donated to an environmental organization that Bolsonaro accused of setting fires in the Amazon just to get good pictures of them Bolsonaro has been Internationally criticised for his actions against the protection of the environment and inviting him would put India in a bad light. We must ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision to have Jair Bolsonaro as chief guest for Republic Day. As a progressive nation that cares about the environment and people’s rights, India must invite leaders that stand for the same. Sign this petition now to register your protest against this move. We need lakhs of signatures before January 26. Sources: 1. https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/jair-bolsonaro-modi-republic-day_in_5dcd3b9fe4b0a794d1fb5745 2. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment-wildfires/amazon-burning-brazil-reports-record-forest-fires-idUSKCN1VA1UK
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  • BBMP, Hulimavu Lake is your responsibility
    A large number of houses were flooded in Hulimavu area in Bangalore as water from the lake seeped through on 24 November, after its bund was damaged. According to a news report, more than 1,000 families in half a dozen neighbourhoods were affected by the sudden flooding and 300 cars have been submerged(1). Though the reason for the unprecedented amount of water that entered people’s homes was reported to be a lake bund breach, the actual cause is a bit more severe and worrisome, experts say(2). This is one of the biggest man-made disasters Bengaluru has seen in recent times. The reason is appalling. According to news reports, a contractor had undertaken this work without proper permission from the BBMP, which has been the custodian of Hulimavu lake since 2016. The immediate relief steps are far from adequate and citizens are paying the price of lack of due diligence done by BBMP. Ask BBMP to start immediately start the investigation into the contractor for the breach of the lake bund and provide adequate compensation and relief to the families that are affected. In case of heavy rains in the future, the people living around Bengaluru’s many lakes could face similar flooding problems. We need to take action now before it’s too late! Sources: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/karnataka-hulimavu-lake-breach-hits-1000-families-sinks-300-cars/articleshow/72215744.cms https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/unplanned-urbanisation-hulimavu-lake-floodplains-worsened-bluru-floods-says-expert-112922 https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bangalore/bengaluru-hulimavu-lake-breach-probe-on-to-identify-culprits-restoration-work-underway-bbmp-bwssb-police-lokayukta-6136535/
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  • We need a #CleanAirAuthority
    Air pollution kills a child every 3 minutes in India. A new born smokes the equivalent of 26 cigarettes in case of toxic air. According to the Global Burden of Disease 2017, children are the biggest victims of toxic air, as their as their lungs are still developing. It also causes cognitive impairment (lower IQ as well!). A newborn smokes the equivalent of Over the past few years, air pollution has peaked to alarming levels in India, caused in great part due to vehicular and industry emissions, coal-fired power plants, construction dust, waste burning, poor land use patters and more. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter (PM) are the major pollutants -- PM enters the lungs and causes severe health impacts. Besides, no one develops immunity to micro pollutants especially PM2.5, (otherwise smokers would have the best immunity!) Air pollution can trigger cancers, heart disease diabetes, obesity, neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, infertility and low birthweight. The exposure to PM levels is well above WHO's air quality standards. And while individual initiaves matter, they don't eliminate the need for a leadership role within our Central Government to address what is a public health emergency. We need a strong and decisive "Clean Air Authority" who is empowered, independent (reports directly to PM), accountable, fully-resourced, transparent and will put public health ahead of any other goal. S/He will implement a new Clean Air Act whose focus is public health. Sign this important campaign asking for a Clean Air Authority, who will be dedicated to the cause of bringing down air pollution by working towards sustainable and effective solutions.
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  • Children's day gift us, Stop huge traffic passing through Residential areas from Manyta techpark
    This Children's day, please gift better environment to us to live. We are middle class people with no AC's but sleep with open windows. Huge traffic passing through residential areas (through Akashvani layout Dasarahalli) is creating heavy smoke difficult to breath. To avoid traffic they are passing through sub roads , kids have no place to play. We are around approximately 150 houses and 100 kids. Small eateries and bakeries selling cigarettes and otherwise creating huge crowds in turn leading to security issues like eve teasing, constant arguments. Kids and older children refuse to walk in the roads without anyone accompanying them. People have survived without this road from decades. Why In the name of progress allow life threatening diseases
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  • Stop Dumping waste in Bellahalli Quarry
    The 27-acre Bellahalli quarry pit in Bangalore is almost filled up & Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is planning to dump the mixed waste from the city. There was a report produced before the HC stated that the BBMP was not maintaining solid waste processing plants and dumping waste at the Bellahalli landfill which has become hell for the people residing near it. The recent heavy rains have turned the massive garbage pile in the Bellahalli landfill into a soggy pulp that could pose serious health risks to adjacent villages and garbage handlers. Rainwater failed to penetrate untreated mounds of solid waste that packs the landfill to the brim, reducing the top layer into a mush. The worsening condition has triggered panic of a possible epidemic, The leachate has badly affected the lives of people there and Now, the landfill containing untreated garbage dumped over the past three years can harm their health. The BBMP isn't able to provide the basic infrastructure for the villages, despite spending thousands of crores. The landfill's condition has worsened to such an extent after rains that entering the place would be harmful While the city households generate nearly 4,500 tonnes of mixed waste a day, the BBMP engages 600 trucks to dump 2,500 tonnes of waste at the Bellahalli landfill. Present Scenario: • You cant Breathe Fresh Air near the village • No Development works like roads, proper lighting and drinking water • Namesake Sanitization works which is not effectively fighting the mosquitoe or other menaces • Respiratory cases among kids reported We ask BBMP to completely stop the dumping and find alternative locations as this landfill is filled up to its capacity. 1. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/kspcb-palike-dumping-mixed-waste-in-bellahalli/articleshow/71589875.cms 2. https://www.deccanherald.com/city/bengaluru-infrastructure/rain-turns-bellahalli-landfill-a-healthrisk-for-people-771727.html 3.https://www.deccanherald.com/city/bengaluru-infrastructure/rain-turns-bellahalli-landfill-a-healthrisk-for-people-771727.html
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  • Bachon Ki Mann Ki Baat
    Dear Modi ji, My name is Ridhima Pandey. I’m a 12-year-old student and climate change activist from Dehradun. As someone whose health and future hinges on decisions made by leaders like you, I’m making an appeal to you on behalf of India’s 800 million children. Our capital became a talking point globally last week, as Delhi,NCR, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad were englufed in smog and visbility became low. Air quality rose to 999 which is hazardous and calls for an emergency situation. Even Chennai's air quality hovered in the poor to very poor category last week. Many studies have pointed to severe health impacts PM (particulate matter) levels in the air can have on people. Children like me, with our developing immune systems, are more prone to this. It pains me to see my peers or those younger than me struggle with asthma, bronchitis, lung diseases and other illnessees, caused to a large extent due to toxic air. Two months ago, I joined Greta Thunberg and 14 other children at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, filing a complaint to protest the lack of government action on the climate crisis. In 2017, I had filed a petition in the NGT against this too. But the NGT dismissed my plea, saying that climate change was already covered under environment impact assessment. Modi ji, as the top leader of this country, I ask you whether you really think enough is being done to address the pressing problem of environment and air pollution in this country. We need immediate solutions to this crisis, and we must start by declaring air pollution as a public health emergency. Your show Mann Ki Baat is aired in far corners of the country, and will serve as an important platform to talk about this issue. This Children's Day, I urge you to break your silence on Mann Ki Baat, and help safeguard the future of 800 million children by urgently addressing the dangers of air pollution. #BachonKiMannKiBaat Thank you.
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  • BBMP, we need a public consultation before passing Solid Waste Management bylaws
    BBMP published the Draft Solid Waste Management by-laws, on September 26 2019, for public objections and suggestions, with the last date for receiving feedback on or before October 31, 2019(1). A review of this draft by-law by the Solid Waste Management Round Table reveals that if these SWM by-laws were to be implemented it will completely undermine the decade-long effort by the High Court of Karnataka and the BBMP itself, to streamline the solid waste management practices. The by-law in its present form is an attempt to bring back the contractor monopoly creating a big setback to the efforts made thus far by local organisations. By-laws should be specific, pragmatic, and in a form that enables regulating authority to perform their duty without any ambiguity. However, the SWM by-laws drafted by BBMP are far from that. Some of the observations included in the current draft point the issues of - No Intention to Implement Zero Waste - Lopsided Economics and Unfair Protection - Back to the old monopoly contract system - No focus on in-situ or ward level processing of waste and justification for dilution of the duties of the Bulk Generators to carry out in situ - No Public Disclosure and Lack of Consultative Process In this regard, we demand a public consultation before passing of these SWM by-laws so the public can take note and respond appropriately to the BBMP, and work together for a better, environmentally sustainable and economically feasible plan for the city. Sources: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/solid-waste-management-bylaws-to-be-notified/article28763853.ece
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