QBengaluru: BBMP Finds Loophole in CM’s Pothole Directive & More
The BBMP has found loopholes in Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s pothole directive.
1. BBMP Finds Loophole in CM’s Pothole Directive
With Chief Minister Siddaramaiah cracking the whip, the BBMP began fixing potholes. But don’t expect smooth, safe roads in a fortnight: the BBMP is going by the letter of his instruction, and only filling up ditches that technically qualify as potholes.
Four people have died since last week in accidents attributed to potholes. Siddaramaiah gave the municipal authorities 15 days to fill up all potholes, but the BBMP has found a clever workaround.
BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad chaired a day-long meeting with mayor Sampath Raj, engineers and corporators. “We will just fill up potholes as defined by the BBMP,” a BBMP engineer said at the meeting. His suggestion was accepted by the others present at the meeting. That means many stretches will remain as they are, fraught with risk for those riding two-wheelers. The BBMP will not repair dug-up roads.
Source: Deccan Herald
2. After Bengaluru, Indira Canteens to Be Opened in Other Parts of Karnataka
The Karnataka cabinet has decided to extend the Indira Canteen facility to other parts of the state having a population of one lakh or above from 1 January 2018. The move comes barely three months before the assembly elections.
These canteens will be set up in governments hospitals, bus stands or railway stations where the footfall of the poor and needy is higher. Accordingly, 121 locations outside Bengaluru have been chosen where 246 Indira Canteens will start functioning from January.
Briefing the media after the cabinet meeting, law minister TB Jayachandra said the cabinet has set three deadlines for the urban development department and the local bodies to set up these canteens in the state.
3. Real Time Information to Be Displayed at 251 Bus Stops
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has been promising to provide real-time information on city bus services for long now, but hasn’t delivered on it yet. Now, in an attempt on that front, the BMTC plans to install digital bus information display at 251 points in the city.
The passenger information systems will be displayed at all major bus stands in the city like Majestic, Shantinagar, Shivajinagar, Kempe Gowda International Airport, Yeshwanthpur TTMC and others. The BMTC also plans to put up passenger information system (PIS) near Metro stations where bus stops are located.
At the Majestic bus stand, where the BMTC operates the highest number of city buses, 71 PIS will be providing information on bus arrival to lakhs of commuters. The BMTC has also plans to display the real-time information on a jumbotron (a large screen). In addition to this, major stations will have a video wall and four ultra-stretch displays.
4. BJP MLC Blames CM Siddaramaiah for Aiding Illegal Denotification
The BJP fired a fresh salvo against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday, with an MLC accusing him of having "assisted in the illegal denotification" of six acres and 26 guntas of land in Bhoopasandra, RMV II Stage Extension.
BJP MLC BJ Puttaswamy claimed there is "circumstantial" evidence in the "illegal" denotification of the land, which is in its final stage. A person named Abdul Basid approached the BDA in 1992, claiming the land on survey numbers 20 and 21 in Bhoopasandra was his and he didn't want to part with it. Based on his claim, the government issued an order on 27 August 1992, denotifying the said land in the owner's favour.
However, BDA had already allotted the land to 22 people, who approached the court. The case dragged on, with a high court single bench, division bench and even the Supreme Court upholding the land acquisition and quashing denotification of land.
5. Another Life Lost on City Roads
A 20-year-old bike rider was killed after he came under the wheels of a speeding lorry on the Uttarahalli main road in Kengeri traffic police station limits on Wednesday morning at around 7:15 am. The bike rider, reportedly unable to manoeuvre his bike on a road allegedly due to a hump near BGS Hospital’s main gate, died as a result. However, the traffic police refuted the theory and said negligence on part of the lorry driver was the cause for the accident.
The deceased has been identified as Tejaswi Gowda, a resident of H Gollahalli near Kengeri. Gowda was working as a food delivery agent for Suggi Catering Works.
After his work, he is said to have not returned home. On Wednesday morning, he was going to a relative's house in Kodipalya when the accident happened. “Gowda was riding his bike from the Uttarahalli main road towards Kengeri and the lorry was going in the opposite direction. Due to the alleged negligence of the lorry driver, the lorry collided head on with the bike and Gowda came under its wheels. He was immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital, but he died enroute,” said an officer part of the investigations.
6. IISc Team Develops Novel Method to Deliver Pain-Killing Aspirin
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have come up with a novel chemical compound made of a sugar molecule named xylitol that can be tailored to release aspirin, which is known to reduce fever and pain, over a desired duration, in the body.
This unique drug delivery system that can carry a large amoung of drug is not only harmless to living cells but can also be easily injected. While commonly used pills or patches have aspirin trapped inside a capsule or a mesh, the new compound has aspirin built directly into the backbone of a long polymer chain based on xylitol that is naturally found in fruits and vegetables, and is used as a sweetener.
"Unlike your pill which will release all the drug at the same time, this would allow the molecule to circulate longer and have a more prolonged effect," Kaushik Chatterjee, associate professor at Department of Materials Engineering, one of the authors of the paper published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics, said.
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