Bangalore Rising

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    Started 3 petitions

    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:

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    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

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    Petitioning Karnataka Horticulture Minister

    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 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 & drag their feet , 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) has not been implemented by Traffic Police despite the Chief Secretary’s agreement to this decision . 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

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