Bengaluru Suburban Rail:
10 Possible Rail Routes To Decongest India’s Silicon Valley
decade-long demand of Bengaluru residents has finally been heard
with the city finally moving towards building a commuter rail
system. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu recently signed
a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Karnataka
for utilising the megacity’s existing railway infrastructure
to operate commuter rail services similar to that in Mumbai
part of the deal, Karnataka will pitch in 80 per cent of the
cost to convert 15 trains to electric multiple units while Indian
Railways will take care of the rest. The total cost is pegged
currently at Rs 360 crore. And the first train is set to have
Ramanagara, 35 km outside the city, as its destination point.
has been a long journey trying to get commuter rail service
started in Bengaluru, a city that already has a metro rail system,
with a light rail system also in the docks. Although far from
perfect, suburban rail is the most practical and cost-friendly
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Godrej plans township in
Godrej Properties Ltd, a listed company in the Godrej group,
is planning to develop a residential township near Sarjapur
in East Bengaluru.
would be its second such project since 2009 in the country.
It has already entered into a partnership with Godrej Agrovet.
are planning this project with our sister concern,” Mr. Sriram
Iyer, Business Head, South & East, GPL said in an e-mail
interview to a Chennai based Newspaper. The proposed township
would have a ‘developable’ potential of up to 830,000square
metres (or about 9 million square feet) and would be implemented
as a modern residential development in multiple phases, he said.
location is seen to be well-connected to the key IT hubs of
Whitefield, Outer Ring Road and Electronic City, enabling it
to benefit from a well-developed social and physical infrastructure.
“This makes it a self-sustaining cluster,” Mr. Iyer said.
project would be developed under the Development Management
Model with Godrej Agrovet.
said that its first township project in Ahmedabad in 2009, Godrej
Garden City, was a mix of commercial, residential and retail
properties. In the 1990s , the group did several large projects
which were primarily residential with a small retail component
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How One Bangalore Based Organisation
Is Working Tirelessly to Provide Blind Students with Braille
While there are many schools for educating blind people, very
few equip them with the skills that would enable them to contribute
to the economy of the country. Mitra Jyothi, a 26-year-old organisation
based in Bangalore, works exclusively on this issue.
to them, there are an estimated 45 million blind people in the
world, out of which one in three live in India. This would mean
around 15 million blind people across the country. CLICK
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(Sept 12) violence put Namma Bengaluru on the world map for
a different reason. Global media saw it as a precursor to 'water
wars', or a powder keg waiting to explode — putting the city's
business credibility at risk.
advent of the 21st century turned Bangalore into a verb; everyone,
it seemed, was getting Bangalored - their plush US jobs shifting
to Bangalore as economics and talent tipped in our favour. The
going was good, the money was better, nobody could be bothered
about the creaking infrastructure, and the weather made you
And then 9/12 happened.
"Getting Bangalored" has acquired a whole new meaning
in the aftermath of Monday's riots. Brand Bengaluru has taken
a hit among Fortune 500 companies and there are fears that the
fight over Cauvery between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will become
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How to save Bengaluru's lakes
A.N. Yellappa Reddy, former forest officer and environmentalist;
Vinay Baindur, a researcher on Urban Governance and Reforms,
and citizen activist Arbind Gupta joined The Hindu for a chat
on saving Bengaluru's lakes on September 24, 2016. The following
is the transcipt of the chat:
The Hindu: With the city and the state staring at a water crisis
in the coming days, there is perhaps no better time to look
at lakes in the city than now. Lakes (Hesaraghatta, for instance)
had once been the lifeline of the city – and most of our drinking
water came from a system of tanks conceived centuries ago. Now,
however, many are reduced to cesspools of sewage, or their peripheries
littered with garbage, or filled with silt reducing any chance
of these water bodies recharging the depleting groundwater.
Also, apart from affecting citizens directly, unhealthy lakes
also seen flora and fauna of the ecosystem disappearing.
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