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Water ATMs come to Bengaluru city
A network of innovative water ATMs is all set to make a splash in Bengaluru. With significant groundwater depletion and contamination over the years, these ATMs could bring respite to citizens reeling under water scarcity.

Known locally as water ATMs, the dispensers use pre-paid smart cards, allowing people to fill containers up to 20 litres for Rs 5 only. Similar units have proved to be a big success in Bangalore Rural, which is perennially plagued by water shortage.

This time, state agencies BBMP or BWSSB are not in the picture. Instead, the scheme is being piloted by local legislators cutting across party lines. To set up these plants, legislators are using their area development funds and roping in private investors.

Though Cauvery water caters to large parts of Bengaluru, hundreds of slums and villages in the city's fringes still don't have access to clean and affordable drinking water. The water ATMs will be connected to public borewells certified unfit for drinking by BBMP, with a decentralized treatment plant to purify water through reverse osmosis.

Much like how an ATM works, a customer swipes a prepaid card, following which the dispenser's screen flashes the chosen amount for which the user wishes to collect water. A main server keeps record of the user's transactions and deducts the amount from the prepaid card.

Infrastructure support for less developed areas in Bengaluru
Substantial infrastructure support is to be provided by the Karnataka government to less industrially developed areas as part of a plan to decongest Bangalore.

This was announced in the new industrial policy (2014-19), which Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched on Friday. Towards promoting areas, beyond Bangalore, “it is proposed to notify potential areas as Special Investment Regions (SIRs) to provide substantial infrastructure support.” Dharwad, Gadgag, Haveri and Belgaum districts is to be notified as one such SIR area.

The Hyderabad Karnataka region will get additional incentives and concessions. In addition, the State government “will prevail upon the Centre to offer incentives” such as excise duty and income tax exemption to the backward region, something similar to what is being given to Andhra Pradesh. The region “needs special focus with funds for development,” the policy said.

Towards simplification of regulatory procedures, the policy said a comprehensive study of such procedures will be conducted by the State government. This intent is to reduce time and cost of compliance to government procedures for industrial investments. Also, it is proposed to abolish trade licence to all industries.

Nano park coming up in Bengaluru
A Rs. 100-crore nano park, complete with an incubation centre and an institute for nano science, will take shape on the outskirts of Bengauru. It is being funded by the Union government’s Nano Mission, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the two-day Bangalore India Nano 2013, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the State had provided 14 acres of land on Tumkur Road for the park, which is meant to catalyse new businesses and innovators.

He invited nanotechnology industries and entrepreneurs from India and abroad to set up their businesses in the park.

The Chief Minister urged scientists to use nanotechnology — the science of ultra-small materials one-millionth of a millimetre — to solve common problems, and said the State will consider increasing the outlay for nanotech and other science initiatives. “I call upon scientists to come up with tangible nanotechnology-based solutions for food security, energy, water purification, medicine and healthcare as well as waste management,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said, while addressing several hundred scientists, academics and entrepreneurs. Sir Andre Geim, joint Nobel Prize 2010 winner for his research in nano carbon called grapheme, was among the key people present at the event.

C.N.R. Rao, the force behind the event and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, said two of the top national institutions to have contributed to nanoscience and technology, namely the Indian Institute of Science and JNCASR, are both in Bangalore.

He called for continued funding of nano science, a difficult and complicated area for research.

Bengaluru 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.

The city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while Udupi has the highest: 1,094.

Bangalore also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women, and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.

Only 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.

BIA's T1 comes to Bengaluru
Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is bringing the airport experience to the city, leveraging technology to present a preview of the soon-to-be-inaugurated T1A to citizens.

A press release from the BIAL said that starting Thursday, Bangaloreans are experiencing first-of-its-kind and a unique preview of the airport with its new features, services and facilities. All this through vehicles fitted with state-of-the-art Glasstrons and photoboxi that will travel across the city to experience and share a truly inclusive partnership between the city and the airport.

GV Sanjay Reddy, managing director, BIAL, said: “True to our roots in the IT city, we felt that the best way to share the new infrastructure with all Bangaloreans was through technology. The preview provides a glimpse into the exciting new features and facilities at the airport and is in line with our objective to bring the airport closer to the city that we serve. We encourage citizens to be the first in experiencing their airport.”

Three vehicles will tour different spots in the city each day. To participate in the campaign, people need to watch out for the ‘Smile Bengaluru’ vehicle, which will be in their area as per a predetermined schedule. People can also follow the ‘SmileBengaluru’ hashtag (#SmileBengaluru) on Twitter to share their experiences.