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In Bengaluru, citizens lead the way

Bangalore, 5 September 2016 — The city which generates 3000-4000 tonnes of solid waste daily is also struggling to enforce source segregation, recycling and processing the waste in spite of regulations. The citizen participation becomes equally important to work towards compliance and that’s what citizens of Bengaluru have shown. The citizens are shaping the policy, collaborating with municipal authority and encouraging peer to peer learning for managing immense waste generated in the city.
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Creatively reimagining space under flyovers

Bangalore, 2 August 2016 — With few public spaces left in the city, is it time to reimagine the space under flyovers as the new public space? Addressing issues of sanitation and hygiene, citizens and civil society have come together to reclaim this unmanaged space in Bengaluru city. See more.

In Bengaluru, it's pedestrians vs. street vendors

Bangalore, 1 July 2016 — In 2014, after the directive of Supreme Court of India, the Street Vendors (protection of livelihood and regulation of street vending) Act was passed. The guidelines recommend each local government frame rules for facilitating implementation. While the rules are yet to be finalized in Bengaluru, the street vendors have to endure persistent harassment and evictions. On the other hand, an initiative in a residential area of Bengaluru towards inclusive street design is a ray of hope. See more.

Bengaluru is India's most livable city, but is it equitable?

Bangalore, 13 June 2016 — Mr. V Ravichandar, an urban expert who has been involved in planning efforts for the city in different capacities since 2000, speaks with this month. Ravichandar feels that a city is, in the final measure, defined by its community energy, public spaces and its arts and culture scene. Below is an excerpt of our conversation. See more.

IT-enabled systems help Bangalore Traffic Police

Bangalore, 3 May 2016 — The traffic situation is Bengaluru is worsening and reports of heavy congestion and road blocks are rampant throughout the day in many parts of the city. While multiple agencies like city governments, activists, planners, designers are working towards improving this situation, other areas like catching the violators, providing update about traffic, and implementing a complaint registration systems, etc. need equal attention. This article is about these multiple initiatives introduced by Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP). See more.

Bengaluru commuter rail service: Namma Railu

Bangalore, 15 April 2016 — Increased number of vehicles on road leading to congestion, longer commute time, extended implementation time for metro services on one hand whereas existing railway track, lesser commute time and implementation time, and benefits for suburbs in terms of affordability and increased economic activity have all given impetus for commuter railway services in Bengaluru. See more.

Inclusion of people with mental health disorders

Bangalore, 3 March 2016 — With a lack of knowledge of mental health disorders, the issues of identification and treatment of people affected are critical. APD India, a Bengaluru-based organization, is working towards integration and acceptance of people with these disabilities through their community health programs. See more.

Participatory aquifer mapping: Giving citizens the knowledge for action

Bangalore, 9 February 2016 — Forty percent of Bengaluru’s population is dependent on groundwater. The groundwater table and water quality is declining, but an appropriate groundwater management response is not yet in sight. The Participatory Aquifer Mapping project attempts to understand the aquifers at a micro-level, include citizens in the process, and develop "actionable knowledge" that encourages practices for sustainable groundwater management. See more.

Grassroots solutions to ease accessibility in Bangalore’s underbelly

Bangalore, 6 January 2016 — Accessibility is a challenge that plagues the beneficiaries of poverty alleviation schemes due to rampant corruption and bureaucracy. Bangalore-based CIVIC’s upcoming Single Window Agency project in 2016 looks to overcome these barriers by providing a gateway for the urban poor to avail of the schemes made for them. Their model highlights public participation and accessibility, ideals that should be advocated at this year’s Habitat III conference. See more.

Innovative solutions to combat water insecurity

Bangalore, 11 December 2015 — Access to potable water in Bangalore is an inequitable issue, leaving many poorer residents at the mercy of the city’s 'water mafia.' Climate change has led to unpredictable and reduced rainfall in recent years and this, compounded with poor management of resources, has led to unaffordable water prices. Water Health International, with the support of US AID has tied up with the Municipal Corporation in the city to provide clean water for all the residents at an affordable cost. See more.