Citizen group uses app to
map trees in Bangalore, details to be shared with BBMP
team of four people has been travelling across the lanes of
South Bengaluru in the scorching sun, mapping each tree on the
street on an app. Project Vruksha, the technology-enabled census
launched on March 17, aims to document all the trees in the
city. The team took up Pattabhi Ram Nagar as the pilot ward
and 20 days of hard work yielded exhaustive information on 100
trees on the app.
far the 100 trees marked in the census include Gulmohar, Rain
tree, Mahogany and Pongame Oil tree species, which are around
40 years old,” said conservationist Vijay Nishanth, also known
as Bengaluru’s Tree Doctor, who is spearheading the project.
“As we are a small team, this mapping in ward 168 will take
another month for us to complete. Then, we will move to Jayanagar
east (ward 170). We are also testing the app for any technical
issues and plan to upgrade it further,” Nishanth added, pointing
that the data uploaded is static at present.
Traffic restrictions ahead
of PM Modi's visit to Bengaluru
In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bengaluru
to address a public meeting, on Saturday, the city traffic police
have issued an advisory to citizens to help tackle the traffic.
The Prime Minister will be addressing a public meeting at the
to reports, heavy traffic is expected around Palace Grounds,
as a result of which parking restrictions have been issued in
the area. The meeting will be held at Sri Krishna Vihar at Palace
Grounds in Bengaluru from 4.30 pm onwards. Modi will be joined
by his cabinet members at the meeting.
those travelling from Bengaluru South to the Kempegowda International
Airport: Go via Basaveshwara Circle to Old High Grounds P.S.
Junction and make a left at T.Chowdaiah Road to reach Windsor
Manor Junction. At Cauvery Theater Junction take a left turn
at Bashyam Circle and a right at Jeevaraj Alva Road to reach
Sadashivanagar P.S. Junction. From there via New BEL Road go
towards Hebbal flyover and move towards KIA.
those travelling from Kempegowda International Airport towards
Bengaluru East: Take the Hebbal flyover underpass and then a
left onto outer ring toward towards Nagawara Junction via Tannery
Road. Upon reaching Hennur Junction, move further ahead.
Kempegowda International Airport towards Bengaluru West, South
and North West: Go from the airport to the Hebbal flyover underpass
and take a right turn at Kuvempu Circle then a left at B.E.L
Circle to reach Sadashivanagar P.S. junction. From there make
a right turn to reach B.H.E.L Circle and take a left turn at
Maramma Circle. Upon reaching Margosa road go past K.C. General
Hospital to move further ahead.
Bengaluru East towards Kempegowda International Airport: Go
via MG Road towards Kamaraja Road to reach Thomas Cafe. Take
Wheeler Road then the ITC Bridge to reach MS Nagar. From IOC
Bridge go towards Banaswadi Main Road and take a left turn to
reach outer ring road. Go from Hennur Ring Road towards Nagawara
junction and take a right turn to reach Thanisandra Main Road.
From there go via Hegde Nagar to Kattigehalli and take a left
turn at Bagalur Cross to move towards the airport
Wins ‘Healthiest City’ Crown:
right, sleep early, exercise hard, repeat—a popular mantra for
a healthy living. Simple enough to say but excruciatingly difficult
follow. There are, however, varied parameters that go into deciding
whether a person is living a healthy lifestyle. If one goes
by a recent study, then Bengalureans seem to be doing it right.
a preventive healthcare company, conducted a study which hails
the IT-hub as India’s healthiest city. The study took into account
the BMI, lifestyle diseases, stress, sleep, food habits and
smoking and alcohol levels of the citizens to arrive at the
conclusion that among the urban Indian areas, Bengaluru is the
healthiest of cities, followed by Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai
like other metros, Bengaluru too has to deal with heavy traffic,
work stress and other urban issues. So what are Bengalureans
doing differently to rise above the rest and maintain their
fitness through it all?
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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