Whitefield traffic warden helps woman in distress

Manju Mehra, a warden with Whitefield traffic police, often goes beyond her call of duty .On Wednesday, too, she showed how she was willing to go the extra mile to help those in need.

A woman driving towards Narayana Hospital met with an accident, when a cement truck heading in the same direction suddenly picked up speed and rammed her car, damaging its wheels. While the driver attempted to flee, Manju ordered the vehicle to stop.

“The warden walked up to me and asked me not to panic. She said my vehicle would be repaired and that she would recover the cost from the reckless driver. I told her I needed to rush to Narayana Hospital for my son’s checkup. She told me to to go ahead and not cancel the appointment. She took my car keys, called the mechanic and helpers to change the tyres. When I came back after an hour, I saw the car was ready . The driver was reprehended for breaking traffic rules and causing the accident. The traffic warden arranged for a talk between me and the cement-mixer contractor and made him agree to bear the damages caused to the car,“ read Vidhya Iyer’s post on Facebook. “I am really impressed with the officer’s helpful nature and the way she approached the situation, quickly set tling it. Hats off to Manju Mehra from Whitefield police station,“ Vidhya said in her post.

Tens of people commented on Vidhya’s post, saying Mehra was an asset to the city and that she was doing a fantastic job.Responding to the post, Mehra said: “I just did my duty and to serve is my passion. Glad that you made it to the doctor on time and that none of you was injured.“

Last year, Mehra, along with other traffic officials, fixed two potholes in Whitefield.

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Software engineer arrested for harassing woman in BMTC bus

A software engineer was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman in a moving bus on Outer Ring Road near Bellandur on Wednesday evening. Madhusudhan Rao, 47, who works with a company in Whitefield, allegedly misbehaved with a 29-year-old woman in a BMTC Volvo bus. The accused was picked up from the bus in less than 45 minutes of police being alerted of the incident.Earlier, the woman boarded the bus at ITPL.She was accosted by the man, who misbehaved with her around 11.30pm. Narayana, deputy commissioner of police, Whitefield, said the woman confronted the man and even clicked a photo of his.

Later, she used a recently launched Bengaluru police app ­ Know your police station ­ and contacted the in spector from the closest police station.

The Bellandur police inspector zeroed in on the nearest pink Hoyasala vehicle and directed it to rush to the woman’s rescue. The bus was intercepted at Iblur on Outer Ring Road and the alleged harasser was taken into custody around 12.10am.

An FIR was registered and a case under IPC’s Section 354 (outraging the modest of woman) filed against Madhusudhan. He was remanded to judicial custody .

The police app was launched to help people figure out their jurisdictional police station.Using GoogleMaps, the app can also help users with directions to the police station they want to reach. Pink Hoysalas were recently launched by city police to address women’s safety concerns. Women police personnel are deployed in patrol vehicles stationed at spots where women are likely to be vulnerable.

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Jayanagar MLA B N Vijayakumar and Mayor Padmavathi at a function to launch work for the construction of a swimming pool in Byrasandra, Jayanagar on Thursday.

World-class swimming pool in Jayanagar next yr

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is buildng a new international-level swimming pool at Byrasandra in Jayanagar at an estimated cost of Rs 12.5 crore.

Mayor G Padmavathi who performed the groundbreaking ceremony said the swimming pool which will be completed in a year will help those aspiring to become international swimmers. She said it is a proud moment for her as a mayor that an ambitious project has been taken up during her term.

The pool will be built by PM Swimming on the basis of the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model.

The pool will be in the custody of PM Swimming for 35 years after which it will be transferred to the BBMP. The company will also pay Rs 60,000 as rent to the BBMP every month.

Courtesy by DECCAN HERALD.

KSRTC steps up passenger comfort with WiFi, water

Corporation plans reverse osmosis plants at major stations.

Passengers on all buses of KSRTC, NWKRTC and NEKRTC will have access to an infotainment bank containing some of the best movies and entertainment programmes.

“Passengers travelling in 17,000 buses can log on to an intranet network to avail the infotainment services besides free internet up to 10 MB through WiFi. We expect to launch the programme within a month,” a KSRTC official said, adding that this was part of the measures taken to increase passenger comfort.

KSRTC chairman K Gopala Poojary on Thursday announced that the KSRTC will resume supply of 500 ml packaged drinking water to passengers in premium services, including Airavat and AC sleeper services.

“KSRTC will provide bottles to 29,000 passengers in 626 premium services every day. We estimate that we will procure one crore water bottles per year at Rs 4.30 each,” he said.

The KSRTC also plans to set up reverse osmosis (RO) plants in all its major bus stations where people can get a litre of water at Re 1.

Passengers travelling in premium buses between 5 am and 11 am will get complimentary newspapers.

In the initial stage, passengers departing from airport, Kempegowda bus station, satellite bus stations on Mysuru Road and Shantinagar in Bengaluru and bus stations in Mysuru will get the newspapers.

All the 8,400 KSRTC buses have been fitted with Radio Frequency Identification to make automatic payments at the toll gates, which will help save time at entry and exit points.

 Ride with benefits

 Water Bottle

(Only in premium buses)

(Select buses)

(E-payment of toll)

Courtesy by DECCAN HERALD

BBMP disregards KLCDA diktat, dumps garbage in lakebed

Heaps of garbage brought from different parts of the city were set on fire in the Subramanyapura lakebed on Wednesday and Thursday.

The incident happened the very day the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) published a public notice in newspapers, warning people and industries against dumping any kind of waste in any lake or its buffer zone in Bengaluru. Anybody found dumping waste or debris will be fined Rs 5 lakh on each occasion, the notice said. The KLCDA had published a similar notice earlier but that did not deter garbage contractors.

On Wednesday morning, a garbage truck and a three-wheeler waste collector were unloaded on the Subramanyapura lakebed.

H M Shiva Prasad, president, BHCS Layout Residents’ Welfare Association, said the dumping of waste was causing nuisance in the area. “The lake is already polluted because of sewage being let into it. Now, the BBMP has turned the lakebed into a garbage segregation point. This is utter callousness. We filed several complaints to the competent authorities but there was no response,” he said.

Uttarahalli corporator Hanumanthaiah conceded that waste is being dumped in the lakebed and that it is hassling the residents. “It will not be appropriate if I say I am not aware of it. Give me two to three days, I will set things right,” he said.

G Vidyasagar, CEO, KLCDA, and Lakshman, the chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, could not be reached for comment.

Courtesy by DECCAN HERALD

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