Bangalore Rising

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    Petitioning Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, PC Mohan, Rajeev chandrashekar, Amit Garg, Tejasvi Surya, Narendra Modi, CM of Karnataka

    NOW! Bengaluru has had enough. #ChukuBukuBeku. #Accelerate #SuburbanRail, NOW.

    25 minutes on a train that takes over 90 minutes on road? We have lost a billion in  man-hours, health & time due to traffic. So who is applying the BRAKES? If local train had been on the agenda of politicos 25  years ago, we would have eminently bearable traffic. Who brings it up again and again? CITIZENS. Who says 'yes' again and again, and then promptly snoozes or reneges? You guessed it - politicians and the babus. does anyone think they are doing US a favour , while corridors and flyovers worth thousands of crores crop up mysteriously at every budget meeting? Who are you kidding? The recent budget announcement by Finance Minister that 18600 crores expended on Bangalore Suburban Rail had us thrilled - but only for a minute. This was the third promise after SO much citizen effort. Neither has this been cleared with the cabinet in tandem, not implementation path notified. K-RIDE the SPV  for Suburban Rail clearly state that they cannot go ahead without the budget. Is this a cruel JOKE?  Are we such patsies? Should we keep walking up this sliding slope? ENOUGH, we say.  The Citizens of Bengaluru, who have watched the decline of their city  due to lack of sustainable transportation, the loss to our health, livelihood and quality of life, seen a bustling, cosmopolitan city we are so proud of become a national joke due to its traffic mess? Why wasn't this discussed at the Budget Allocation and CCEA? Where are the FUNDS for this?  We, the Citizens demand that the Central & State government, Department of Railways and most important, the Finance Ministry IMMEDIATELY present us with a clear, integrated, milestone led, sustainable plan for suburban rail, with sign off and support from all stakeholders. NOW. We have waited patiently through three different governments, apparent ignorance of the enormity of the problem, explained  the government's need to get involved; their apparent helplessness at lack of central support; the MP's seemingly strong demands, met every official that matters, explained as if WE had to beg for ourselves what was so needed for our city;  rejoiced (naively) through three budget approvals, heard outright lies or promises broken - and we have not SEEN one wheel move forward. Enough. We want the funds, the date and the  plan, NOW. Bangalore is not going to wait anymore. Or listen. And Bangalore will now hold you accountable. Enough. --------- Links: 

    Bangalore Rising
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    Petitioning Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE, Railway Ministry, Piyush Goyal

    PMO, shame on punishing Bangalore by derailing critical suburban rail project

    #SuburbanRail can quickly take a minimum of 10 lakh rides per day off the roads. Imagine the impact on traffic . It’s the single largest hope to solve our traffic woes. Now the PMO has shockingly decided to go back on it’s commitment  of Suburban Rail on a whim , causing Bangalore citizens &!its children untold damage to its health & basic rights . We have been agitating for this for years , knowing this is our only sustainable, cost effective and future proof solution to our traffic woes.  It needs to be done . Why has Bengaluru been denied suburban train for more than 33 years when Mumbai, Chennai had them for nearly 100 years and even Hyderabad got it 15 years ago?  So Bangalore citizens are mere pawns in the political chess game . They have seen no reason to push this given its a cusp of Railways/center/state . And mainly ‘I don’t care. No money in MY bank!’ . The State dragged its feet, citizens rose after #SteelFlyoverBeda , Center promised, citizens breathed & NOW they withdraw ! Is this who we are to Delhi capital ? This is such devious , anti Bangalore spite - centrist , arbitrary & mean. Time wasted - and we don’t have time ! A few things we Citizens should think about;Is the State Government, lobby groups opposed to the growth of cheap public transport?Center is doing this to harass Bangalore because we are not same party at center. Clearly true . Else why is a pre election March 19 decision being communicated now ? To affect our vote? Election commission to be alerted ?Shall we citizens of Bengaluru DIE horribly of smoke , pollution , mental health issues enabled by city’s impossible traffic, and cruelly shrugged off by state n central Govts? Why ? Imply that the benefit to nation’s most visible gem, IT revenue, Bangalore and citizen convenience has no impact /interest to them .Media ; ‘Center punishes Bangalore Citizens’ . ‘After years of waiting, spitefully slaps Bangaloreans on the move’ ‘Pushes city down a traffic nightmare forever. ‘ Center determined to wreck city economy & mind’ Our city MPs should fight as one . Blr Central MP PC Mohan must represent this aggressively - given his genuine attempts in the past. We need to hold accountable all the Bangalore MPs like Rajeev Gowda , Nirmala Sitharaman Rajeev Chandrashekar et al why - was this issue so neglected? We will have a sit in/protest at local railway head quarters here - & accuse them of stepmothely attitude to city The density/outlying argument PMO has used is flimsy. No one seems to be  clear about a suburban system when we have role models operating in Mumbai and Chennai, which between them ferry 1 crore passengers daily. FYI  70% of suburban services in Mumbai and 85% in Chennai cover just 50kms. Do a quick comparison. As to how they have favored other aligned states in the past .Go for the jugular on this oneBangalore Citizens have had ENOUGH . We are so decent . We begged, cajoled , stated and respectfully waited for suburban rail . We did it right . Citizens must rise and take charge of its Transport. If you guys dont do it , we will find a way. The fight has to be for Bangalore , it’s Citizens it’s future generations . What city are we leaving our children ? How much must we fight for our survival ? Seriously. And why is our common good so uphill? Because we are Bangalore? Are we going to stand for that ? Links:

    Bangalore Rising
    1,354 supporters
    Petitioning chief minister karnataka, Bangalore Development Minister, Ramnath Rai, Shri Siddaramaiah, national green tribunal, Principal Conservator of Forests

    #KillBill Stop GoK KTPA Amendment to destroy #trees

    The proposed amendment to de-notify 50 species of trees in the KTPA (Karnataka Tree Preservation Amendment Act)  ensures no permission is required to cut down most of our trees, by ANY civic agency like BBMP, BSNL, BWSSB, BESCOM et al.  Shockingly, not only was this pernicious amendment tabled on 9 Feb '18 , but has a chance of being passed when it comes up in Assembly anytime 16-28 Feb '18. So we must act NOW. We have enough green issues in our depleting, denuded city. This move is anti-environment, anti-citizen & anti-city. It will affect our city natural heritage,  the air we breathe, climate change, water conservation, apart from the city's sheer beauty & aesthetics. In addition,  it will lead to rampant green carnage and complete disregard for the environment by corrupt builders and/or  bureaucrats. Kings of yore lined roads with trees to offer shade & respite to its  citizens & weary travelers , but today our democratically elected leaders seem to dismiss all such basic necessities as dispensable luxuries, while they contemplate fresh city destruction in air-conditioned offices and spew pollution in their taxpayer-funded cars .  Doubly worrying is that they are not only trying to slime this amendment through, but despite citizen might & visible outrage  on protecting greenery  , they still seem brazenly committed to the destruction of the city. What does it say about our lawmakers & their concern for the city ? What trust can we have in them ? They have tried this before with the steel flyover and the timber mafia had to back off. Are there no lessons to learn? IIISc , ATREE and several academic institutions have shouted themselves hoarse on the massive damage the depleting green cover is having in Bangalore. Look outside your window to see just how much . As eco-expert, Harini Nagendra tweeted,  : How to fell trees and destroy the environment 1) Amend tree act to exclude most common species from protection 2) Chop, chop, build, build 3) Complain about #airpollution and lack of water #Bangalore #Sustainability. So #MLAs, please vote AGAINST the amendment if you care for this city, and if you care for the air we breathe & the water we drink, and our future. We said #Beda before to protect our beloved Bengaluru and we are saying it again.  #EnoughAlready. #StopKilling ourCity  #MaraKariBedi so #KillBill . Show us that #GoKLovesGreen NOT #GoKKillsGreen Pic Credit: The Caring Hand in Glarus © Sam Valadi/FlickrSculpture by Eva Oertli and Beat Huber

    Bangalore Rising
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    Petitioning Karnataka Horticulture Minister, ACP Traffic Police Mr Ravikanthegowda , Rakesh Singh ACS UD, Shri Yediyurappa , Shri Bommai, RK Kataria, Dr Jagadish

    365 Day Traffic-Free Cubbon Park - it’s our Central Lung Space & Natural Heritage

    Cubbon Park is a prominent piece of natural heritage in Bangalore, and its the single largest public lung space in an increasingly polluted city. Its #Biodiversity, #Trees, #Birds, #Flora are dying . Cubbon Park as a public space is precious & special to its citizens in many many ways. It is critical that we declare Cubbon park as No Traffic Zone which facilitates only pedestrians, cycling, electric golf carts & promotes events & community etc.  In order to protect this incredible green and beautiful piece of biodiversity , we have no choice but to curtail traffic here. There are increasing situations of noise pollution, tree damage , loss of bird habitat, rash driving and heritage space being damaged. Soon Cubbon Park will become a barren, full fledged thoroughfare, increasingly encroached by buildings & vehicles and dotted with only a few token trees. Our other magnificent Public Park, Lalbagh is also closed to public thoroughfare . So, why isn’t  Cubbon Park ? Yes, many of us will have face inconvenience as we have to take a longer way for getting around, but surely saving our city natural heritage  for its future & our children would be worth it ? We understand the Government may find this uphill & try , given that the park is so close to heavy thoroughfare at Vidhana Soudha , MS Buildings and Govt offices. Even the move to declare Cubbon Park Traffic free on Saturdays & Govt Public Holidays ( in addition to existing Sunday’s) was not immediately implemented by Traffic Police despite the Chief Secretary’s go ahead . However,  if the Govt does not put skin in the game and demonstrate how important tree cover, park heritage  , air quality & biodiversity  is to to them , we will have a city where we have #NoRightToBreathe

    Bangalore Rising
    3,216 supporters
    Petitioning KJ George (Bengaluru Development Minister)

    #HeritageBeku #PastForward - Preserve Our Bengaluru

    #Heritage Beku or #PastForwardCities are crumbling from modernity, not from their past. A nearly 500 year city like Bangalore has barely any of the old left,  and what is there is haphazardly and unaesthetic-ally tacked in with the new. We have lost over half our heritage buildings since 1985 and possibly more than half our trees & lakes. In order to grow and conserve, a rethink on maintaining, reclaiming and mainstreaming our city heritage becomes imperative. That seems vast and there are far too many factors that impact the dynamics, the most important being Will, and a lack of coherent knowledge &clear data . I am guilty of the latter and trying to get a grip on the former. Having said that , Bangalore has  neither a shortage of good minds nor expertise in this space, so what are we waiting for? Passively allowing our Past to crumble is taking away our city’s future and foundation, both. Here is what I think needs to be done to snowball the #PastForward movement: 1. Focus on advocacy and legislationa. A fledgling law has already been drafted and is yet to see light of day. The Bengaluru Heritage Preservation and Regulation Bill is still buried with the urban development department although the bill was conceptualized circa 2004, and drafted 2010 Bangalore , we seem to need push both at the policy level as well as the bill/ordinance level, as heritage is probably way down on the list of urgent city priorities. Sources in the urban development department said there was a regulation on the lines of the heritage conservation rules followed in Mumbai, which was pending with them. But they said there was no bill drafted for heritage conservation in Bangalore.b. Expanding heritage to cover buildings, trees, lakes culture , environmentc. Creation of a strong Design Trust as done in New York, so today’s work becomes the heritage of the future.d. Update of the Karnataka Town & City Planning Act? & Masterplan inclusion. e. A CM Heritage Plan (& Fund) to be floated that might force the CM and state engine to act? At present its lowest on priority. f. Research what do other cities have, India and globally? UK with its National Heritage Trust is a classic example but cities like Mumbai and Delhi have had good models that have stood the test of time . The Mumbai rules specify that permission has to be taken from the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee before any building marked as Grade I, II or III is remodeled or renovated. The city also has heritage precincts and any alteration or redevelopment needs clearance. The Delhi Urban Arts Commission, which was set up under a separate act in 1973, also gets to decide on any changes to the skyline of the city and on preservation of all historic monuments.g. What is needed to get it at priority , and integrally internalize into citizen awareness & Bangalore’s growth master plan? h. Is heritage preservation being poorly presented & seen as anti development, and anti business? This could be the true reason & huge trip up in its success.i. Do we need a cause celebre like Balabrooie or Attach Kacheri to initiate & snowball, or can we showcase a success?j. What constitutes a critical mass of coming together?k. How can the tab of elitist and heritage be made more inclusive? How can the millennial heritagers rise?l. Support from Center, State, ASI & Global organizations like National Heritage Trust UK , ICCROM, IUCN , UN etc. We should try and pitch for a UN Heritage City tag. m. Structure & granulate Trade offs on land, housing , TDR into a policy so heritage-holders are not at a loss. Ideate on new deterrents and rewards . For e.g. if builders bring down a construction over a 100 years old they should either reconstruct it, as it is, elsewhere for use, or pay a large heritage fine. Owners of heritage buildings can be offered equivalent TDR elsewhere. n. Tax breaks, special rewards for those using or staying in heritage propertyo. Strict rules for builders & realtors tearing down any building over 50 years. A biannual realtor public report card  showcasing & highlighting erring builders p. Appointment of a Chief Heritage Officer for the city? What does it entail? 2. Create a strong core group to visioneer, conceptualize and drive this as well as an organically growing volunteer base to operate and sustain the growth a. The core group should contain city experts (either planner/architects/city historians , old Bangaloreans with a strong pull to the city and other like minded people, retired bureaucrats and specialists who understand the fabric required to make this succeed b. Bring in global or national experts c. Tie up with organizations and academia who will have an interest in knowledge transfer and/or funding this initiatived. Create a memorable campaign – with a tie up (pro bono) with an ad agency /digital marketere. Make the group aspirational and influential without being elitist 3. Create a robust engine and process , in order to scale, disseminate, operationalizea. Build this heritage perspective & rigor in to Govt organizations like BDA, BBMP , PWD, KURTC etc.b. Work seamlessly with multiple organizations like INTACH, BUAC, Arts Trust , ASI , UNESCO etc. c. A Bangalore Heritage Register . However ‘Proposals to prepare a heritage register that will keep a record of the heritage sites have been made on three occasions—in an amendment proposed to the Town and Country Planning Act about a year and a half ago; as part of the Bangalore Metropolitan Regional Governance Bill (2010); and in the much talked about Bengaluru Master Plan 2020 by the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development (ABIDe).’d. Heritage Tourism.. Show demos or case studies of HOW much revenue is/can be generated. Ensure city tourism and heritage seamlessly combine and leverage, as tourism is the single biggest kicker to practically sustain heritage e. Create corporate partnerships, sponsors and ongoing eventsf. Ensure Heritage & city conservation courses are mainstreamed into university architecture and arts streams g. Public spaces and mainstreaming. Old buildings MUST be put to good use.h. ‘Adoption’ of areas or Heritage Buildings by Schools, Corporates etci. Meetings, surveys, reports by volunteers, heritage clubs and schools focused on listing, discussion and preservationj. Create a contest for best ideas to take Bangalore #PastForwardk. Work with a sister city globally who have similar challenges , so that learning, progress, goals can be shared . eg Mexico Cityl. Evoke a PPP Status. Ensure corporates adopt wards under which heritage buildings are also covered. Create heritage committees in each ward comprising of the local Corporator, MP, MLA, Urban Development Miniter, Culture Minister, Blr Devpt Minister, 2 Prominent Citizens & 2 Architects, plus perhaps a global expert . General inputs:2009 a proposal had been made to have a statutory nodal agency for the identification and protection of heritage in the BMR - aBIDE‘All great cities of the world like London, New York or Paris (and Bangalore is one of them for its sheer ambience, intellectual prowess, climate and heritage) do not deface or demolish their inner city, while building new roads or metro trains. Mindless road widening, thoughtless flyovers and ugly overground metros have scarred the city and destroyed the ambience, heritage, architecture, landscape as well as the livelihood of thousands of people. If London and Paris more than one hundred years ago and more recently Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur could build underground metros so that they could save their heritage, then Bangalore could also have done it. Neither did those cities ever widen the roads or build flyovers in the heart of the inner city.’ Capt Gopi another article in Bangalore Mirror ‘ Department of Town Planning (DTP) has forwarded a proposal to the government — under Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act of 1961 — to make amendments to zonal regulations of masterplans of respective local planning area. In other words, guidelines will be introduced in BDA Masterplan for conservation of heritage sites, buildings and precincts, under a new category called Areas of Special Control.In August 2014, DTP came out with an 18-page regulation book that covers all aspects of heritage buildings including mooting Transferable Development Rights (TDR) as compensation. But the proposal lacked clarity on a situation where a heritage property owner refuses’ There are 800 heritage structures listed in Blr as of 2015. The list of heritage structures, prepared over the last 10 months by Hubballi-based ADEI Consultants, which was assigned the tasked by the Department of Archaeology, Heritage and Museums, includes public and private buildings, educational institutions, monuments, temples and also eateries that speak of the city’s history. Organisations & People of Interest• National Monuments Authority (NMA) under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India has been setup as per provisions of The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains AMASR (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010 which was enacted in March, 2010.• Central Public Works Department • Aga Khan Trust for Culture• Bengaluru Heritage Commission (BHC) under aBIDE• India INTACH Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in India.• Mr. K. UDAYA Member 02/06/2015 [State Govt. - KARNATAKA] [Term-2 Valid Till:01/06/2018] PRINCIPAL CHIEF ARCHITECT, P.W.D. , Bangalore - 560052, KARNATAKA Residence: 080-22265294 Office: 080-22213519 Mobile: 09448232520 • • Read more at: People• Himanshu Prabha RAY Chairman NMA Professor Center for Historical Studies , & Tel (91 11) 26741902• R.J. Vasavada, Professor and Head of Centre for Conservation Studies, CEPT University, Ahmedabad• Sanjay Sridhar is an Architect and Urban Development Planning and Policy expert. MHURHM• Sathyaprakash Varanashi, Read more at:• Indian Heritage Cities Network• Heritage Conservation Committee HCC Delhi • The Bangalore Urban Arts Commission (BUAC) -wound up in 2002• Central Area Beautification Committee • Central Administrative Area and Beautification Committee" held on 8-12-1982••• Heritage Constitution • Shreya Pillai To date, Mumbai is the only city with real legislation. Heritage regulations came into effect in early 1991 in Greater Bombay and was then extended to other Maharashtrian cities. The Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act was amended in 1994 to protect heritage buildings and precincts and penalise unauthorised changes to them. States such as Chattisgarh, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad have also tabled Heritage Conservation Legislation. The National Commission for Heritage Sites, a national level act tabled in Parliament in 2009 is still under review.• • ••• National Monument Authority : Name of the Competent Authority Mr Basavaraju. I.A.S. Secretary, Kannada Culture and information. 080-22034002; Tele-fax: 080-22353105Mobile No. 09945561466. Links & articles• •• •••••• ••••• legal aspects of heritage•• even hyderabad is doing it • 2009•••• Older buildings then and nowThe Legal Framework XI This needs work , as we need to cover trees, lakes, culture & events in addition to just buildings under heritage as well. Amending Act 1 of 2005.— It is considered necessary to amend the Karnataka Town and Country planning Act, 1961 to provide for,- (i) Definition of heritage building and heritage precinct and make regulation for conservation of the same; (ii) Replacing the comprehensive development plan and outline development plan by master plan to simplify the procedure; (iii) Deemed change of land use from commercial or industrial to residential and from industrial to commercial; Certain other consequential changes are made. Hence the Bill. Master Plan shall indicate “Heritage Buildings” and “Heritage Precincts” and shall include the regulations made therein for conservation of the same.] 1 1. Substituted by Act 1 of 2005 w.e.f. 14.2.2005.[(1ea) "Heritage Building" means a building possessing architectural, aesthetic, historic or cultural values which is declared as heritage building by the Planning Authority or any other competent authority within whose jurisdiction such building is situated; (1eb) "Heritage Precinct" means an area comprising heritage building or buildings and precincts thereof or related places declared as such by the Planning Authority or any other Competent Authority within whose jurisdiction such area is situated.]1. Inserted by Act 1 of 2005 w.e.f. 14.02.2005 'What’s at stake here is a discussion on urban regeneration – which is connected to, but distinct from, economic revival. For the urban revival of any city, it’s a prerequisite that citizens engage with the spaces, buildings and histories that characterise it, rather than deny those features; that they understand and reuse them. Calcutta, in the last two decades, has largely failed to do this. But the narrative of every great city must contain such episodes of failure, before it begins to look at itself anew.It was during my travels in Europe in the last 20 years that I realised the neighbourhoods we confront there not only represent the history that produced them, but a history involving communities resisting their disappearance. Without such resistance, no vestiges of the great urban churning of the last two centuries would remain in the world today – in Europe, Australia, the United States and even Latin America. Calcutta, too, was powerfully and uniquely a part of this urban churning (I say “uniquely” because the neighbourhoods and type of house I’ve described above have echoes, but no counterpart, in any other city – in India or abroad).'  (Cover Picture courtesy Suresh Jayaram article in Bangalore Mirror

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