Bangalore Buzz: Land Transport Cess Introduction | The Ville-Aéroport train service starts | Restoration of 12 lakes … and more

Inauguration of the commuter train service at BIAL. Photo credit: Twitter / CMofKarnataka

2% property tax on land transport

The BBMP has decided to levy a land transport tax of 2% on the property tax from April 1. The tax was approved by BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta and the Department of Urban Development. The proposal was approved by the previous BBMP Council in 2018. BBMP hopes to collect up to Rs 80 crore per year from the cessation.

However, the BBMP cannot internally use the Urban Land Transport cess but must transfer it to the DULT (Direction du Transport Terrestre Urbain) once every three months for the maintenance of footpaths, cycle paths and other projects. Currently, BBMP collects Rs 2,500-3,000 crore annually in property tax on more than 18 lakh properties.

Source: Deccan Herald

City-airport suburban the rail starts its operations

The highly anticipated train services from Bengaluru City to KIA (Kempegowda International Airport) began Monday morning. The first train left KSR Bengaluru at 4:45 am and reached the newly constructed stopping station near the airport at 5:50 am. South Western Railway also operated a new train service from Yelahanaka to KIA. From Monday, SWR will operate five pairs of trains on the route.

Once KIA’s second terminal (T2) is put into service, the number of passengers is expected to increase. It would also mean a corresponding increase in the number of employees at the airport. While the average penetration rate for passengers using regular public transport is 18% to 20%, it would be around 75% for employees, said Devesh Agarwal, former chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bangalore.

Source: The Hindu | Herald of the Deccan

Beginning of the restoration of 12 lakes

Two years after having finalized the restoration plans for 36 polluted lakes, BBMP is finally starting work on 12 of them. But the silt in the lakes will not be completely eliminated due to the challenges associated with its disposal. The de-silting will be limited to a depth of 0.6 to 1 meter so that only the upper layer (flesh), which generally contains pollutants such as wastewater, is eliminated. BT Mohan Krishna, chief engineer of BBMP (Lakes), said the reservoir’s original capacity would not be restored; the objective was rather to safeguard the biodiversity of the lake and to increase the groundwater recharge potential.

Contracts for the development of three of the lakes – Mallattahalli (at Rs 19.07 crore), Hulimavu (Rs 4.35 crore) and Arakere (Rs 2.6 crore) – will be awarded over the next two months, with a deadline one year. The construction of the backfill wall and the ring bund, and the removal of the top layer of silt will be some of the major works.

Source: Deccan Herald

43 trees in the planetarium premises to be felled

Forty-three trees will make way for a new building, as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium smart upgrade plan. Deputy Forestry Conservator Bengaluru Urban has issued a public notice stating that 43 of 190 trees will be felled and 28 transplanted.

The Rs 20 crore project, announced in February 2020, will be carried out by Bengaluru Smart City Ltd. The new building would have a well-equipped auditorium and conference rooms on a total built area of ​​40,350 square feet. It aims to support the planetarium’s non-formal science education activities. However, citizen activists questioned the tree cutting project.

Source: The Hindu

HC stays on cutting trees in the war memorial park

In an interim injunction, the High Court banned the National War Memorial Trust from cutting down trees in Vasanthnagar War Memorial Park. The Trust had filed an application with BBMP, requesting permission to fell approximately 120 trees, and the Palike had issued a public notice, inviting objections. But the Trust went ahead and cut the trees before permission was granted.

Source: Deccan Herald

The Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura metro line will open on January 15

After missing several deadlines, BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd) finally set a date for the start of commercial operations on the extended metro line on Kanakapura Road. The line from Yelachenahalli to Silk Institute (Anjanapura) will be inaugurated on January 14 and will be open to the public the next day. This will be the first phase II metro section planned for commercial operations. The current tariff structure will be maintained.

The 6 km metro section has five stations: Konanakunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Thalaghattapura and Silk Institute. Once the section is open to the public, the total length of the operational Green Line will be 30 km.

Meanwhile, BMRCL hopes to start operations on the extension of section 2 from Mysore Road to Kengeri by June. The BMRCL is also expected to receive seven more trains between April and June.

Source: The Hindu | Herald of the Deccan

Dry trial for COVID vaccine

A statewide COVID-19 vaccine trial took place on Friday. This was an end-to-end testing exercise of the immunization process, including planning and preparations, preconditions for vaccine introduction, and use of the Co-WIN portal.

Due to measures taken to combat COVID, including wearing masks and social distancing, there has been an approximately 50% drop in influenza and respiratory infections, according to pulmonologists.

Source: Indian Express | The time of India

Bannerghatta Park takes precautions to prevent H5N1

In the wake of a high alert regarding the bird flu epidemic, the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) has implemented biosecurity measures around the zoo and safari areas, preparing to deal with any possible infection. by avian influenza (H5N1). The park is home to around 378 birds belonging to 45 species.

Animal keepers will wear rubber gloves and protective clothing, in addition to goggles or a face shield. Enclosures for birds and animals are cleaned with antiseptic solutions and kept dry with antiviral spray and lime powder. Visitors and vehicles to the aviary have been restricted.

Source: Deccan Herald

HC command on TDR for the Palace Park

The Karnataka High Court on Thursday set February 15 as the deadline for the state government to file a report on compliance with the SC and HC guidelines for granting TDR (Transfer of Development Rights) certificates to eligible individuals. as compensation for the use of Palace Ground to expand Ballari and Jayamahal Roads.

The division bench heard a PIL petition from Samarpana, a cultural and social service organization. The petitioner had requested instructions to widen Ballari Road in accordance with the authorization given by the Supreme Court in 2014, and to scientifically regulate traffic on this section.

Source: The Hindu

[Compiled by Revathi Siva Kumar]

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