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Airport buses to ply in March

Source : Deccan Herald
Date: 12 February 2008

So what if the roads to BIAL are still on the drawing boards? The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is ready with the detailed routes and rate card for its air-conditioned Volvo “Airport buses,” promising a smooth ride to Devanahalli.

The BMTC has released the fares of the soon to be introduced ‘Airport Bus Service’ to BIAL, connecting the airport from eight locations of the city. “Forty Volvo buses with frequency of 10-15 minutes each will ply to Devanahalli. It would offer the commuter value for money, comfort and safety and reduce travel time” said Dastagir Sherieff, Chief Traffic Manager (Operations) BMTC.

The first batch of the ‘Airport Bus’ is expected to be delivered to BMTC by Volvo during the first or second week of March. These buses will be numbered as BIAL 1 to 7 for the first seven routes that are expected to hit the roads in the last week of March.


* Electronic City: Seven buses via Bommanahalli, Silk Board, Agara, Maratahali, K R Puram Railway Station, Hebbl, Yelahanka (Outer Ring Road)

* J P Nagar 6th Phase: Five buses via Jayanagar 4th Block, Lalbagh, Corporation, Cauvery Bhavan, Vidhana Soudha, High Grounds (Le Meridian, Windsor Manor Sheraton, Hotel Grand Ashoka), Guttahalli, Mekhri Circle, Hebbal and Yelahanka

* MCTC on Mysore Road: Five buses via Vijayanagar, Rajajinagar 1st Block, Yeshwantpur Bus Station, Malleshwaram Bus Station, Sadashivanagar Circle, Hebbal and Yelahanka

* Whitefield: Five buses via ITPL, Mahadevapura, K R Pura Railway Station, B Channasandra, Kalyan Nagar, Hebbal and Yelahanka

* Jeevan Bima Nagar: Five buses via Indiranagar, Halasoor, M G Road (Taj Residency, Hotel Oberoi), Indian Express, J C Nagar, Mekhri Circle, Hebbal and Yelahanka

* Koramangala: Five buses via Diary Circle, Shanthi Nagar Bus Station, Richmond Circle (Hotel Chancery Pavillion, Ramanashree, Woodlands, Bowring Club, Bangalore Club), J C Nagar, R T Nagar, CBI Office, Hebbal and Yelahanka

* HAL Airport: Five buses via HAL, Suranjandas Road, Indiranagar, Old Madras Road, MEG Centre, Coles Park, St John’s Road, J C Nagar, Mekhri Circle, Hebbal and Yelahanka

MG Road to have a new Look

Adding a new dimension to mass transport to Bangalore, the multi-thousand crore, mega Metro project will add a ‘wow’ factor to the city! The changing cityscape is all set to have aesthetically designed stations which will be a benchmark for public buildings.

Bangalore’s showpiece MG Road, which once painted the quaint charm of the British Raj, is transforming into a platform for displaying architectural marvel. Taking it forward is the Metro Rail project, which has three stations lined up along the stretch. The plans drawn for an elevated station, a kilometre-long lounge area and a heritage centre in place of the erstwhile Plaza Theatre, will set eyeballs rolling.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRC) board has approved six stations on the seven-kilometre Reach One (MG Road to Byappanahalli). All the stations are unique, with special emphasis on MG Road. Tenders for constructing the stations will be floated by December. The designs have been finalised after a brainstorming session between RITES and leading architects of the city, BMRC managing director V Madhu said.

What was once a bund with just a walking path, will now see a metamorphosis — a kilometre-long lounge area with state-of-the-art design; furniture and ambience that will redefine travelling and dynamics of the city; an elevated station with translucent glass facade, which is designed to give a sophisticated look; a heritage centre with ergonomics for relaxation and to act as a transit area to catch up on the city’s history. The main station on MG Road will have three entries.

While a provision to park around 38 cars is being made under the promenade, the earth-filled bund will be replaced by a long shell, meant for a lounge. Above the bund, the plan features a path, street furniture, green embellishments — a lawn, flower-bearing runners and ornamental plants. The Plaza will act as a transit point with several walkways showcasing the heritage of the city — paintings, old Bangalore in pixels of black and white and a railway museum. The Plaza will be a glass and steel front high ceiling that will project neo architecture, an obsession with city planners.

Travel travails from Saturday

Come Saturday, commuters will have to face greater traffic hurdles, due to restrictions which will be in place from Brigade Road junction to Trinity Circle. This is in view of the Metro Rail work, for which a portion of MG Road will be barricaded. The movement of vehicles has been altered between the two junctions.

Bangalore gears up for "Smart Growth"

Source : The Times of India
Date: 1 April 2008

Stop the slumber, let’s get smart. That seems to be the dictum guiding urban planners and bureaucrats vested with preparing Bangalore’s Vision Document.

Commissioned by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, it envisions the growth of Bangalore for the next 20 years. The document, being prepared by the urban development department in tandem with civic agencies, will be unveiled in a month. The document promotes ‘Smart Growth’ in a bid to reverse urban sprawl, which critics say is a result of haphazard growth.
The blueprint will identify a Central Business District to maximise smart growth. “There is no democratic set-up in Bangalore replete with an art and entertainment centre. Over the years, Delhi has established its Connaught Place, Mumbai a Nariman Point and Queen’s Necklace. There has been so much infrastructure growth in Bangalore but infrastructure investment over the years has become negative by 2% every year. Where is Bangalore’s CBD?’’ asked a government source.

The document declares that Bangalore would see an investment of Rs 30,000 crore until 2012 taking into account the mass rapid transport systems operational by then. Officials said, “We have been studying the growth patterns of cities like London and New York. In developed countries, infrastructure-related development is centric. Our problem is that growth is going to the peripheries without the city being prepared for it, which means increased travel time and transport problems.’’

The previous CDP hadn’t taken into account transportation while framing land-use regulations. To correct it, the document integrates Metro routes alongside planned layouts and townships. Its routes have been extended from the existing 33 km to 40 km in the first phase alone.

The document devotes a chapter to Bangalore’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP). “We were busy planning for 225 sqkm, at most 300. But the challenge of 741 sqkm for a city is huge; we rewrite everything to include all this,’’ officials said.

Bangalore Vision Document, commissioned by the CM, draws up city’s growth for the next 2 decades The city is pockmarked by urban sprawl; the document seeks to correct this by focusing on ‘smart growth’ Unlike developed countries where infrastructure development is “centric”, cities like Bangalore witness growth only in the peripheries

Mahatma Gandhi Road set to change Forever

Source : The Hindu
Date: 10 February 2008

Take out cameras and shoot the pictures of Bangalore's most talked-about road.

The ever-so-vibrant Mahatma Gandhi Road will never be the same again.

The road that presents one of the great contrasts — a catwalk like space occupied by those dressed to kill on the one side, and a peaceful and picturesque boulevard on the other — is set to change forever.

People using this most arterial road of the Cantonment area will have to endure the construction of the elevated structure for the Metro rail whose pillars will rest on the boulevard.

Citizens can expect traffic diversions within a fortnight for the construction of Metro rail on a seven-km stretch of the 33-km Metro rail network.

When ready, the imposing elevated structure will partly loom over the heads of those walking on the boulevard and partly on the road.

The contractor, Navayuga Engineering Company (India) (NEC), is all set to move in the equipment.

The Hyderabad-based company has bagged the Rs. 138-crore award for construction of the elevated structure from Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium to Byappanahalli.

Draft plan

Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) V. Madhu told The Hindu that the contractor has already come with a draft plan for traffic diversion. The BMRCL officials were considering the plan.

The draft plan will be placed before the committee constituted by the Chief Secretary consisting of representatives of BMRCL, the police and the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. It would be announced much ahead of the commencement of actual work, Mr. Madhu said.

Mobilising equipment

The NEC has a month's time (from January 20) to mobilise equipment and start work. The firm has time till February 19 to start the work.

The contractor would first begin work on developing the casting yard on the open site (which the Defence has given to BMRCL on a temporary basis) on Old Madras Road near Indiranagar BDA complex.

The elevated structure will have fewer than 2,000 pre-cast segments — concrete blocks made away from the site and transported and put into shape on the site.

Elevated tracks

Though the length of the elevated tracks will be seven km, NEC will build a total of 5.5-km of elevated structure. The six stations and the attached elevated tracks will be awarded to another company. BMRCL has called another tender for Byappanahalli station-cum-yard where facility to park 170 coaches will be created.


The terminal, spread across 1.5 lakh square metres, is estimated to cost Rs. 97 crore.

The complex above the terminal will measure about 2.25 lakh sq ft. The BMTC plans to create another terminal at Jalahalli for 110 coaches.

NEC is building a five-km elevated structure for the Delhi Metro, according to Mr. Madhu. It is the flagship entity of the Rs. 700-crore Navayuga group.

It constructed 1,800-square metre RCC Diaphragm Wall for the Embassy Heights on Magarath Road in 1997-98 using a special type of foundation.

NEC has 27 months — till April 19, 2009 — to complete the work.

The BMRC will put up signals and rails and take up electrification thereafter.

The trains are expected to move on from the Stadium to Byappanahalli from March 2010

Yahoo Releases Bangalore Site

Source : EventsBangalore.net
Date: 02 February 2008

Bangalore is the only city other than New Delhi that has an exclusive site of Yahoo. It has the modules like News,Events,Bookmarks,Travel,Blogs,Photos,Podcasts,Videos, Kannada and weather. It looks like the big mashup of upcoming, delicious,technorati, videos. Read G N Thejesh's review at TechMag - http://www.techmag.biz/yahoo_ourcity_bangalore_delhi

Dial BMTC Sarathis for Complaints

Source : New Indian Express
Date: 17 December 2006

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) commuters can now lodge a complaint on its services by just calling Sarathi, road Patrol squad. A BMTC release said that commuters can lodge complaints if they come across any of the following irregularities by the bus running crews:

*If buses failed to stop at the authorised bus stops.
*If the pass holders not allowed to board the bus.
*Allowing other passengers to sit in the reserved seats.
*Operating on unauthorised routes.
*Cancelling of schedule trips
*If staff misbehaves with the commuter.
*Fail to wear the uniform.
*Fail to close the pneumatic doors while on bus moving.

BMTC Chief Traffic Manager Dastagir Sheriff said that they are planning to operate three more Sarathis very soon.

Call these Sarathi phone numbers

Kanakapura road - Hosur road 9845670251,

Hosur road - Old Madras road 9945670252,

Old Madras road - Tannary road 9945670253,

Tannery road - Tumkur road 9945670254,

Tumkur road - Magadi road 9945670255,

Magadi road - Mysore road 9945670256,

Mysore road - Kanakapura road 9945670257.

Bangalore Infrastructure gets a boost for the Centre

Source : Times of India
Date: 21 November 2006

Bangaloreans fed up with that much-delayed flyover, or a civic project just not taking off for years, can smile. With Rs 10,000 crore on the anvil, the picture looks rosy.
After relegating Bangalore to the back-burner for a year, the government of India has finally agreed to release funds for the city’s inclusion in JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission). Bangalore’s Comprehensive Development Plan prepared by the BMP in tandem with empanelled consultants IDECK and Wilbur Smith has been approved, albeit informally, by the central government a month ago. A formal approval is expected on November 24, and a team from the BMP, including commissioner K Jairaj, would meet the officials of urban development ministry, New Delhi.

“We will be getting funding approvals for NURM this week, the exact amount for various projects needs to be worked out,’’ says Jairaj. Thus far, the state has submitted 10 DPRs (detailed project reports) to the Centre to the tune of Rs 852 crore. The rider is that every single project like a grade-separator at Malleswaram or a flyover at Minerva Circle needs to be sent to New Delhi for approval. Accordingly, four DPRs on storm water drains, four on grade-separators and two on IT/BT roads have been sent for approval.
For the period 2006-2012, the outlay Bangalore has proposed is an upwards of Rs 10,000 crore. Authorities are unclear if this amount would be released as a lump or in a phased manner.

Says Gaurav Gupta, special commissioner, BMP, “The nitty-gritty is being worked out. Our CDP took time because it involved a lot of participation. It was scrutinised and cleared a month ago. The stage is set for funds to start flowing in.’’
Bangalore’s claim to fame circa December 2005 was that a CDSP (City Development Strategy Plan) was in place making it one of the first ready cities. Consequently, the plan was turned down by the Centre asking authorities to prepare a fresh CDP. Did this affect the city? Yes, admit authorities, for infrastructure projects have been held in limbo for the very reason. Incidentally, Mysore has proved a fore-runner with its CDP already appraised and cleared by the Centre.

Storm water drains
Valley remodelling
Flyovers and grade-separators planned in this year’s budget
Inner Core Ring Road
Rejuvenation of old market areas, road projects

Bangalore becomes BIGGER

Source : Deccan Herald
Date: 04 November 2006

The final sum-up is here: Bangalore Mahanagara Palike + 7 City Municipal Councils + 1 Town Municipal Council + 111 villages = Greater Bangalore Municipal Body or Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.

A day after the grand kick-start to the year-long Suvarna Karnataka celebrations, the State government on Thursday issued the draft notification on Greater Bangalore giving a concrete shape to the past year’s deliberations on the merger of the capital city’s local administrative unit and some of its surrounding local bodies.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), as the combined unit is termed, is expected to be the solution to the infrastructure, civic and administrative constraints of the expanding city. For that matter, meeting the infrastructure deficit (i.e. funds for projects) and regulation of development in the areas concerned were the key issues that spurred the idea of Greater Bangalore.

Greater Bangalore will cater to a 57,83,376 population across 696 sq km area as against the present 43,01,326 population across 226 sq km Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. The public is given 30 days’ time to file objections, if any, before the Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Urban District.

The draft notification has come just three weeks before the expiry of the term of office of BMP council and is likely to impact on the elections that are due. The State Election Commission is understood to have been pressuring the government to initiate the delimitation process for the BMP wards. SEC Commissioner M R Hedge on Friday confirmed that he received a copy of the draft notification and is exploring legal options before him. Besides BMP, six of the urban local bodies in question are due for elections this December while two others are due for elections two and a half years hence. The political implication is that besides the 100 BMP corporators, 248 elected representatives across the ULBs will lose their seats. As many as 111 villages which are included in Greater Bangalore among them fall under 65 gram panchayats.

The parameters for the creation of Greater Bangalore include: area, population and its density and the population per elected representative.

Local bodies and the villages that make up Greater Bangalore Muncipal Body

lCity Corporation: Bangalore Mahanagara Palike; lCity Municipal Councils: KR Puram, Mahadevpura, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Byatarayanapura, Bommanahalli, Yelahanka, Dasarahalli; lTown Municipal Council: Kengeri; lA total of 111 villages (under some 60-odd gram panchayats) adjoining the 9 local bodies.

111 Villages in Greater Bangalore

Kudlu, Varanasi, Ambalipura, Bellandur, Bellanduramanikere (B) (P), Devara Beesana Halli, Haralur, Kariyammana Agrahara, Chansandra, Kadugodi Plantation, Kumbena Agrahara, Dasarahalli, Rachenahalli, Bilishivale, Byrathi, Doddakannalli, Junnasandra, Kaikondahalli, Kasavanahalli, Gunjur, Hagadur, Nagondahalli, K. Channasandra, Kalkere, Amani Byrathikhane (B), Chalakere, Horamavu Agara, Geddalahalli, Kothnur Narayanapura, Kottanuru, Kyalasanahalli, Mittaganahalli, Chikkabellandur, Balagere, Panathur, Siddapura, Varthur, Kadabeesanahalli, Thanisandra, Horamavu, Bhoganahalli, Ramagondanahalli, Thubarahalli, Belathur, Sorahunise, Nagareshwara - Nagenahalli, Khanekandaya (B), Pillaganahahalli, Begur, Alahalli, Doddakallasandra, Basapura, Chikkathoguru, Doddathoguru (P), Gottikere, Ganakal, Gabbalalu, Vasanthapura, Uzttarahalli, Anjanapura, Gollahalli, Kembathahalli, Thippasandra, Basavanapura, Kalena Agrahara, Yelenahalli, Lingadheeranahalli, Beratena Agrahara, Naganathapura, Parappana Agrahara, Subramanyapur, Sonnenahalli, Hosahalli, Raghuvanahalli, Uttarahalli - Manavarthekaval (P), Vajarahalli, Arehalli, Chandrasekarapura, Hemmigepura, Somapura, Varahasandra, Vaddara Palya, Herohalli, Ullalu, Abbigere, Chikkasandra, Shettihalli, Sidedahalli, Chikka Bettahalli, Handrahalli, Myadarahalli, Dodd Bettahalli, Doddabidarakallu, Harohalli, Vasudevapura, Lingadeeranahalli (B), Bellahalli, Kattigenahalli, Srinivasapura, Thirumenahalli, Hosahalligollarapalya, Ananthapura, Govindapura, Kenchenahalli, Manchenahalli, Chokkanahalli, Vaderapura.


Feature BMP ULBs


Water supply: % of houses covered 90 13.10

Road length (in kms) 3158.5 4,300

% of tar + cc road 84.28 27.07

Street lights/ km of road 58.38 18.89

% of sewerage connection 90 16.89

Staff 18070 1,759

Permanent employees 11900 508

Non-permanent employees 6170 1,251

Employees per ‘000 population 4 1

Wards under SWM

Solid waste generation (in TPD) 2100 458

% of wards maintained by ULB 44.88 17.5

% of wards maintained by contract 55.12 82.5

Per Capita Income 1710 585

of which per capita property tax (2005-06) 384 138

Average Property tax 2845 825

Per capita expenditure 1722 509

Per capita SWM expenditure (in Rs) (2003-04) 118.77 49.28

Property tax

Physical compliance (%) (2004-05) 75.00 41.21

Collection as % of demand 73 43

Bangalore - The Best Place to Live in India

Source : Times of India
Date: 04 September 2006

When it comes to choosing the city you would like to work and live in, it seems you cannot have it all. If a city is great for earning and investing in, it is not necessarily the best for living, as in the case of Surat.

On the other hand, there is Kolkata that ranks quite high as a city to live in but is the worst when it comes to making money or investing it.

Your best bet for a city that ranks fairly high on all three counts — living, working and investing — is Bangalore. It ranks as the top city to reside in and second best to earn.

As an investment destination, however, it's mediocre, ranking sixth. Delhi, by contrast, ranks high — fourth — only for earning.

Analysis of the top 10 cities of the country for earning, investing and residing is given in a study, The City Skyline of India 2006, published by Indicus Analytics.

The study is based on official statistics and online surveys conducted by Indicus in these cities. It yields interesting information on how often a citizen would have to haggle with an autowallah, what percentage of people own invertors, the city’s water and power supply, public transportation etc.

Surat with its low unemployment rates, high job growth rates and one of the highest per capita small business credit is the top destination for seeking jobs and business.

However, it is at the bottom in the list of Alpha cities (the top 10) in terms of good living, with nearly half the people expressing the need for more entertainment and better educational facilities.

It also has the lowest share of households in the top socio-economic category (SEC A) among the Alpha cities. One third of its households fall in SEC C.

Coimbatore strikes a decent balance: it's the best city to invest in but ranks fifth on the earning and good living front. The most pressing problem for residents seems to be water supply — which comes just once in two days.

On most other counts, the city offers a decent life though with relatively few avenues for entertainment.

With one of the lowest unemployment rates in this group of cities and per capita income comparable to the highest in the group, Pune too does well on all three counts of earn-in, invest-in and reside-in indices.

The metros, interestingly, are not the best performers in this list. Chennai is high up as a place to invest in and to live in.

The citizens are satisfied with the educational infrastructure, low crime level and efficient management of infrastructure. But with unemployment rate as high as 27%, do not head there if you are looking to earn good money.

Prepaid Power supply in City soon

Source : Deccan Herald
Date: 1 September 2006

The pre-paid system of power supply is all set to enter the country’s IT capital in a big way. Enthused by the success of a pilot project, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) has decided to provide the option of switching over to pre-paid power supply to all consumers of Bangalore.

Bescom Managing Director Gonal Bheemappa told Deccan Herald that the pre-paid system would be implemented from the third or last week of September. Bescom has already given Letter of Acceptance to a private company -- Secure Meters Limited (SML) -- to implement the system.

Under the system, which would be similar to the prepaid cell phone services, consumers have to pay the money in advance for the power supply depending upon their requirement. The only difference with respect to the cell phone services is that the pre-paid power supply system would follow the key-pad method of recharging. Instead of recharge coupons, the consumers will be given a 20-digit number which has to be entered in their meters which will have key-pads.

According to SML Assistant General Manager V Rajaram, the consumers have different options of recharging the supply. They can visit the re-charge booths and get the recharge code of any denomination by paying the cash. They can even send SMS or call up the recharge booth to get the recharge code and transfer the required money through internet banking, debit/credit cards or through Electronic Clearing System.

Of course, consumers have to install a different meter for the pre-paid power supply. These meters will have a display unit which can be installed at any location convenient to consumers. The display system goes beyond providing information on the total electricity consumed so far and number of units (credit) left. It also provides details on the number of units consumed on any particular day, week, month, besides the average daily power consumption for the last six months, Mr Rajaram says.

This, Mr Bheemappa says, will help the consumers to know their power consumption pattern. The belief is that the pre-paid system would pave the way for conservation of energy by promoting responsible power consumption among consumers.

The officials feel that the prepaid system mitigates financial risks as the power utility gets the payment for the service in advance, unlike the present system where it receives payment only after 30-45 days of service. It also reduces overhead costs as there is no need for meter reading & billing. Besides, there is scope for planning the demand for power in advance.

Cost factor

But the pre-paid meters are costly. While the post-paid meter costs about Rs 1,000, the pre-paid one costs Rs 4,500. However, Mr Rajaram notes that the final difference in the cost would reduce to about Rs 600 to 1,000 as there is no need to pay security deposit for the pre-paid system. The difference could be made up through energy conservation in about six months to a year, he claims.

The company, which has implemented the pre-paid system in Delhi, Simla and West Bengal, is planning to implement it in a bigger way in Bangalore. It is already holding consultations with builders of apartments in this regard and setting up a booth in Koramangala.


*New meters have to be installed

*Meters will have keypads and display units

*Recharge through entering the code

*Display unit shows consumption pattern for last six months

*Shows balance amount and units

*Pre-paid meter costs Rs 4,600 (post paid - Rs 1,000)

*No need for 3-MMD payment for pre-paid system

Greater Bangalore Coming

Source : Times of India
Date: 29 August 2006

In what will be the Karnataka government’s ‘major expansion’ plan, Bangalore is set to take its long-neglected cousins on the outskirts — the seven city municipal councils and one town municipal council — into its fold. In the coming months, the 225 sqkm of the BMP area will be expanded to 696 sqkm.

A thought that’s cooking over a decade is set to concretise. After a meeting of the cabinet sub-committee on Greater Bangalore headed by CM HD Kumaraswamy, the government on Monday announced it has three options. The first option is to merge seven CMCs, one TMC and panchayats around Bangalore with BMP. The second is to form North and South city corporations by including the respective areas in these zones. While the government did not spell out the areas that would form the part of proposed North and South corporations, it is very clear about the Greater Bangalore plan. The third option is to have a single city corporation authority.

To work out the modalities, the government has constituted a high-level committee headed by CM’s principal secretary Sudhakar Rao, who has been asked to submit a report within three days. The recommendations will be discussed by the cabinet sub-committee and a decision taken within a fortnight.
“To the existing 225 sqkm of BMP area, the urban local bodies will be added and the city will be expanded to 696 sqkm. A report will be submitted by the committee in the next couple of days,” Kumaraswamy told reporters.

With the developments, the elections to the BMP wards due in November are likely to be postponed. The five-year term of the BMP Council will end in November and in case the election process gets delayed, then the government will have to appoint an administrator till such time the council is elected. The government will also inform the State Election Commission about the developments.

Kumaraswamy said the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority has begun a survey for establishing the proposed five satellite towns around Bangalore city.

The CM, on Independence Day, had promised to create a Greater Bangalore to upgrade infrastructure facilities in and around Bangalore city.

Money order
According to govt estimates, BMP requires Rs 5,200 crore for upgradation of infrastructure in the city limits
Requires at least Rs 10,000 crore to create infrastructure for 696 sqkm after the merger of CMCs and TMC with BMP
Government cannot depend on property taxes alone to mop up revenue as tax collection in CMCs/TMC is abysmally poor
Authorities have to start work from scratch as urban local bodies have poor infrastructure Welcome to Bengaluru
Bangalore: We could well say ‘good morning Bengaluru’ from November 1. While the CM is optimistic of meeting this deadline, the bureaucrats are skeptical. If the government has to gallop towards this deadline, it may have to take a leaf out of Mumbai and bulldoze its way through.

BMTC to launch Medicare routes

Source: Deccan Herald
Date : 04 August 2006

Health City’ Bangalore will soon have a public transport system to match. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is going to launch ‘Medicare rounds’ which will link 22 major private and public hospitals in the city.

The BMTC has identified three routes for these rounds. It will offer express services, with no stops between hospitals. The BMTC is planning to use its mini buses for this purpose, which will be uniquely designed to differentiate them from the regular ones. The services will be on between 8 am and 7 pm.

The first route of 23.8 kms will be circuitous, connecting nine hospitals. The second route of 29.7 kms will link hospitals in South Bangalore, stretching up to Narayana Hrudayalaya on Hosur Road. The third route will cover more government hospitals. All buses will originate at the Kempegowda bus stand, where a platform will be dedicated for this service.

The BMTC, on a pilot basis, is introducing one bus on each route, and these services are likely to commence within a fortnight. About six round trips are expected to be made on each route. However, BMTC Managing Director Upendra Tripathi said this is a temporary arrangement, and more buses will be added, depending on the demand.

While the fares have not been finalised, it is likely that these would be fixed at concessional rates for the benefit of patients.

However, the BMTC is yet to devise a strategy to prevent regular commuters from piling on to these express buses.

Chug along to new airport if govt says yes

Source : The Times of India
Date: 08 July 2006

Trains to the airport. That’s how the Bangalore International Airport in Devanahalli could make travel easier for its users from the city once it’s operational from April 2, 2008.

A proposal for a dedicated rail link for the around 30-km stretch to the city will be placed before the cabinet by month-end, Vinay Kumar, principal secretary (infrastructure), said on Friday.

“BIAL’s plan has envisaged a rail facility within the airport and it’s up to the state government to decide on the dedicated rail link,’’ a BIAL official said. If approved, the link that will pass through interchanges already planned, can be made operational by 2008, the official added.

The redesigned apron, taxiway and terminal areas will be operational from April 2, 2008, to handle up to 11 million passengers, BIAL CEO Albert Brunner said. All operations, including domestic and international at the existing HAL airport, will be shifted subsequently to the airport at Devanahalli.

While the redesign includes an apron three times larger and terminal area 30 per cent more, the taxiway will have 40 stands from the initial 13.

According to Brunner, the additional cost of Rs 530 crore involved with the redesign will be met by debts from lenders and internal accrual.

“The projected 11 million passengers is the most presumable figure envisaged in the plan and there is always scope for expansion of apron and other facilities,’’ Brunner said in a presentation on the ongoing work to infrastructure minister B Sriramulu during his visit to the airport site.

The construction that began in 2005, is on and 24 per cent of redesigned structures have so far been completed, Brunner said. The boundary wall, access road, granule sub-layers for the runway and ATC tower are among structures that are coming up quickly, he added.

Sriramulu later said BIAL is making good progress and the airport will be completed on schedule. “Trial runs will begin from October 2008 and all procedural requirements have been taken care of,’’ he added.

Works in progress

  • Manufacture of passenger boarding bridges, equipment for baggage handling system, in-line hold baggage screen, various high tension electrical equipment
  • At terminal building: Concreting of ground floor slab and columns above ground floor, pre-casting of roof elements, excavation for basement of additional two bays.
  • At ATC tower: Construction up to 34 meters over of the total 65 meters.
  • On runway: Earthwork on full length complete, laying of base layer (wet mix macadam).
  • Apron area: Installation of storm water drainage pipes.

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