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Draft CMP gets 475 citizen responses; most oppose elevated road proposal

World over, nobody is building flyovers in cities and we have already built many and that approach failed as we can see. Our city needs to stay focused on public transport for the next 15 years since we missed the boat last 30 years and suffering now. - Nimisha Agarwal, Campaigner at Jhatkaa.org

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With high fares and limited riders, are AC buses in Bengaluru unsustainable?

Nimisha Agarwal, a campaigner at Jhatkaa.org, a non-profit campaigning platform for social and environmental causes echoes Shaheen. “There is a general perception that AC buses will attract more middle-class passengers but the problem is more with poor condition and overcrowded buses. But if we look at stats from last year BMTC decommissioned about 450 buses and added only 292 buses last year. So instead of increasing buses, the number has actually come down. In fact, in the last five years, overall there is only an addition of about 20 buses to the fleet with 1705 inducted and 1695 scrapped,” Nimisha said. “So, the focus should be on the poor condition of the buses and lesser size of the fleet. The lack of increase in the number of buses has resulted in crowding and more and more people not opting for it,” she said.

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Activists question BMRCL role in readying Bengaluru’s CMP

BMRCL said it would be able to furnish the exact number of responses and share details on it only on Tuesday. However, public opposition to the plan looks quite strong.Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) group has filed at least 3,200 objections through online platform Jhatkaa.org against the CMP. Srinivas Alavilli, co-founder of CfB, who has been asking the public through social media to voice their views to the plan, told TNIE, “The figure 3,200 only takes into account those who have filed through the online platform. There are many in our group who have sent their opinions through e-mail to BMRCL.”

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Bengaluru Comprehensive Mobility Plan a ‘backdoor’ to elevated corridor?

Srinivas Alavalli of Citizens of Bengaluru, a citizens group that campaigns for better public transportation systems to address the traffic and pollution problems, says that BMRCL taking the lead on formulating the plan constitutes a conflict of interest. Flyovers and elevated corridors make it easier for cars and other private transportation instead of prioritising public transportation. A true comprehensive mobility plan would include the ideas of all the stakeholders, the public, and other public transportation bodies. We know what the citizens want: more spaces for walking and cycling, and the revamping of the public bus system (BMTC). Instead, these people along with vested interests are lobbying to put more concrete flyovers in the city.” You can access non-profit campaigning platform Jhatkaa's petition here.

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How to Prepare If You’re Planning to Protest the Controversial Citizenship Act

Student protesters leading the movement—who have spent the last few days dealing with death threats, abuses and the impending fear of being arrested—tell us what to keep in mind when going out to protest, especially if it turns violent. To know more about your rights as a protestor, you can refer to the handy guide crafted by Jhatkaa.org.

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Nashikites signing online petition against air pollution.

The Air Pollution in Nashik is raising its head getting serious every day. The Nashikites are currently signing an online petition against air pollution, requesting the Regional Officer of MPCB - Jitendra Sangewar, Chairman of MPCB - Sudhir Shrivastava and Environment Minister Eknath Shinde to penalize the polluting industries in Nashik. The petition campaign has been created by an organization called Jhatkaa.org which creates online for civic issues throughout the country. The petition says, "The national discourse around air pollution is usually focused on metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune. Nashik, however, is always portrayed as a clean alternative to these cities."

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Why Bellandur lake restoration will fail unless Doddanekkundi lake is cleaned up

The infamous Bellandur lake is being rejuvenated now. But this exercise would be pointless unless the upstream Doddanekkundi and Kaggasadapura lakes too are cleaned, because it’s from these two lakes that sewage enters Bellandur lake. So, even though citizen initiatives have helped restore individual lakes, it’s important that we make the system itself accountable. Demand social audits of STPs. And demand that MLAs and corporators come up with a comprehensive plan for all lakes in the city rather than for those in their constituency/ward alone.

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The Modi Govt’s Handling of the Trans Rights Bill is Transphobia in Action

"The President’s signature can make or break this Bill. That’s why we have a petition asking him not to sign, but to send it back to Parliament for redrafting in consultation with the trans community. We also have a petition to the UN India Resident Coordinator to make a public statement condemning the Bill, and ask for consultations with the trans community,” says Jyotsna Sara George, gender and sexuality campaigns manager, Jhatkaa.org.

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After revival, Doddanekundi Lake back on its death-bed

“Post 2016 the sewage started to once again enter the lake, leading to the destruction of its shallow water habitats that attract the birds, and the proliferation of water hyacinth, which is a weed, on its surface. There have been incidents of fish kill as well. If not a bigger STP, the authorities could consider opting for wetland treatment to save the lake,” said a member of Jhatkaa.org.

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Case Pending in Court, Kin of Devli Sexual Harassment Victim Allege Threats

Meanwhile, to garner support for the Devli victim’s complaint and build pressure on the Delhi Police, an online petition has been initiated.

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Why are parties not discussing a green manifesto, asks activist

An online campaign created by environment activistBhagwan Keshbat and addressed to various politicians including Devendra Fadnavis, Uddhav Thackeray, Balasaheb Thorat and Ajit Pawar demands a green manifesto. Promoting the campaign campaign, Bangalore-based start-up ‘Jhatkaa.org’ has stated that Nagpur, Akola, Amravati and Chandrapur are the most polluting cities in Vidharabha

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Five years and counting: Bengaluru is still waiting for its first electric bus

“Since 2014, BMTC has been assuring us that the city would be getting electric buses. We have been waiting for the past five years. The delay has resulted in the agency losing out on the subsidy for electric vehicles, but that’s had no impact and they are only going back and forth on their decision of buying or leasing the buses. With frequent transfer of officials within BMTC, it is tough to even initiate a proper dialogue with the authority concerned,” says Dr Nimisha Agrawal, senior campaigner at Jhatkaa.org, the NGO that has initiated the petition.