First phase of CRS will
benefit four lakh passengers daily
the City’s existing rail infrastructure, the Commuter Rail Service
(CRS) proposal offered suburbs-bound commuters a quick and cheap
alternative, an escape from the gridlocked roads.
finding no mention in the Railway Budget 2013-14, CRS was destined
for the cold storage. Informed experts and concerned citizens
now want at least the first phase launched as a pilot skeletal
service, with a few modifications to the project as envisaged
by infrastructure consultants, Rail India Technical and Economic
where the project stands today. The RITES had submitted its
final report on the project to the State Directorate of Urban
Land Transport (DULT) in August 2012. The BJP government in
the State had reportedly cleared the CRS project in March 2013
in a Cabinet meeting and the proposal sent to the Railway Board
the Board could not take a quick decision on the funding. Result:
It found no mention in the railway budget.
Bangalore records highest
number of residential launches
IDevelopers across the country launched an estimated 38,000
residential units in the first quarter of 2013, an almost 2%
decline from the previous quarter due to factors such as sufficient
availability of stock, subdued demand and delays in regulatory
approvals in certain markets.
Bangalore saw the highest number of launches in the first quarter
at 11,622 units contributing close to 31% of the overall new
supply in the top eight cities followed by NCR that saw 7,603
units being launched and Mumbai with 7,226 units, according
to a new report by global real estate consultancy, Cushman &
NCR market saw a 40% decline in new launches over the last quarter.
While Gurgaon accounted for 66% of the new launches, Noida saw
only 34% launches — a decline of close to 70% due to subdued
demand. This was also the main reason for the overall decline
in the number of launches in Delhi NCR. Close to 80% units launched
were in the mid-range segment, the report said.
Bangalore and Pune witnessed the highest number of unit launches
(almost double) in the first quarter at 144% and 109% respectively.
Hyderabad witnessed close to a 90% decline.
Bangalore population booms
to 96 lakh
The population of Bangalore grew by about 30 lakh in 10 years,
but its social indicators nosedived. The Primary Abstract of
the Census of India 2011, released on Thursday, puts the city's
population at 96,21,551 — a growth of 47.18% during 2001-2011.
city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while
Udupi has the highest: 1,094.
also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women,
and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.
24 women out of 100 in Bangalore go to work. Chitradurga has
the highest WPR of 41.9. Of the 96.21 lakh populace, only 11.31
lakh women were found employed for a year before the enumeration
was done on March 1, 2011.
startup that allows mobile users to communicate in regional
demand for low-cost applications that can replace short text
messaging on mobile phones helped spur the launch of a Bangalore-based
messaging application not only offers an alternative to standard
text messaging but also allows users to do so in regional language.
Prasanna, co-founder of Plustxt Mobile Solutions, is of the
view that conventional messaging will soon be redundant. "For
the amount of data used for sending an sms, the charges are
exorbitant," says the 32-year-old IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Calcutta
graduate who earlier worked with Microsoft, startup venture
Gupshup and Xerox. "With increased penetration of smart
phones and data there are other ways to communicate."
joined hands with two of his colleagues from Gupshup, Lokesh
Chouhan and Parag Arora, to start Plustxt last April. Lohith
V, who was working with InMobi, joined the founding team earlier
this year. In January the company launched two apps on the Android
platform — Plustxt, an English-language messaging app similar
to the globally popular Whatsapp, and Plustxt India, which allows
users to communicate in eight regional languages.