Saturday, June 30, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
When asked why she decided to take the children to the lake, Nishka's mom, Nupur said that she wanted to do something different. "In the house we entertain them with art and craft or a video. Nishka's friends had not been to the lake and I felt the birds would excite them. Also this was a good opportunity to spread awareness about the lake."
The children took a long walk around the lake, spotting the birds in the water, on trees and in the sky. The families of coots and whistling ducks were quite visible with the naked eye, but viewing them through binoculars was a different thing! The girls couldn't wait for their turn with the binoculars. The "blue bird" in the shallow waters (the Purple Swamphen) was a major attraction, because of its vibrant colour and its proximity to the fence.
Apart from seeing the life that the lake supports, and learning the names of some of the birds and plants, the children were told a story on the importance of lakes and why we should work towards preserving them. We hope it was an enlightening hour for the children that they will long remember.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Please see the pictures here.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Dr Ostrom's book of 1990 called Governing the Commons is considered as one of the "field guides" for conservationists involved with community projects. In the book, she takes the stand that most common resources are well-managed when those who stand to benefit are close to the resource and to each other.
* Image attribution: Holger Motzkau 2010, Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Message from Namma Bengaluru Foundation
Greetings from Namma Bengaluru Foundation.
(http://www.bdabangalore.org/RMP-2015%20Public%20notice.pdf) for which citizens can give inputs/suggestions in writing to BDA by July 7, 2012. This is a statutory requirement starting the process to define and guide how Bengaluru needs to develop till 2035. The document that will finally result from this exercise is Revised Master Plan (RMP) 2035.
We request all Bengalureans, resident welfare groups, NGOs, industry associations, social groups to take this opportunity to send their suggestions to BDA as soon as possible. In asking for citizen inputs ahead of the process to construct RMP 2035, BDA is being sensitive to the views of citizens. We welcome it and hope to catalyse citizens inputs for Master Plan 2035.
· Write directly to BDA to the Office of the Town Planning Section of Bangalore Development Authority, T. Chowdaiah Road, Kumarapark (West), Bangalore-560020.
You could consider copying us at Namma Bengaluru Foundation at # 3J, NA Chambers, 7th 'C' Main, 3rd Cross, 3rd Block, Koramangala, Bangalore - 560 034 or email copy to us at NBF@namma-Bengaluru.org. In our consolidated submission to BDA we will be referencing your inputs.
· Write or email us directly at the above addresses of NBF – we will consolidate and send it across to BDA. Please ensure you give us your name, address and Organization name if applicable when you send us email or postal mail directly.
We request you not to miss this opportunity to voice your views to BDA. Together we can ensure that we all play a collaborative role in determining the destiny of Bangalore. We at NBF in consultation with interested, knowledgeable citizens have been articulating a few generic views about RMP 2035 with the BDA which we reiterate below: · RMP 2035 must emanate from a grounds up exercise involving citizens and agency stakeholders. Widespread public and inter agency consultations should be held throughout the process.
· In phasing the activities leading to the final notification of RMP 2035, a visioning exercise about the future of Bangalore needs to be the starting point. All other activities must flow from the overarching vision and guiding principles for the development of Bengaluru city which is developed in a consultative manner.
· For RMP 2035 to be successful, alignment across multiple government agencies is critical. For starters, the BMRDA regional plan and BDA RMP 2035 needs to be in sync and developed simultaneously. Secondly, the various civic agencies (BBMP, BWSSB, BESCOM, KPTCL, BMTC, BMRCL, DULT, RTO, Police, etc.) need to be an integral part of the emerging vision and more importantly, adhere to the guiding principles of RMP 2035 as they go about their plan implementation – we are essentially asking BDA and the State Government to ensure that this alignment happens between the agency plans and RMP 2035.
· We advocate the setting up of a Bangalore Spatial Information Centre (BASIC). We need one agency that is the custodian of the base map for Bangalore and keeps it continuously updated. Other civic agencies can build application layers for their use around this base map. Spatial planning has to become an integral part of RMP 2035.
. We need a 'As is' mapping of the current ground realities followed by thoughts about what the 'Should be' state of Bangalore. And RMP 2035 should set out a road map to get from 'As is' to 'Should be' that is achievable in practice. The 'As is' exercise would also help identify the deficits existing on the ground across planning districts and fixing them planning district by district should be part of the details of RMP 2035.
The time is short but this is only the beginning of the RMP 2035 process. Let us use this opportunity to get engaged by sending our views to the BDA.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
The purpose of the T-shirts is to increase awareness about the importance of lakes and PNLIT's model of citizen participation in the preservation of our Public Open Spaces. The money generated will go towards the maintenance and improvement of Puttenahalli Lake.
Brigade Millennium: Nupur (9886629769), Prasanna (9845580227), Ramaswamy (9845079076), Swarupa (9886762618)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Pictures of the HSBC volunteers and our gardeners at work here.
Inputs: Prasanna K. Vynatheya
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
A few weeks later I came across an email that said that PNLIT, which is a small organisation, trying to do its best at saving and improving the neighbourhood lake, would be one of the participating NGOs in the fund raiser. That is when I decided to change my mind and participate in the marathon. And raise funds for it at the same time.
Time was short. I had about 20 days to go for the event and I started having second thoughts about if I could finish it. I eased into a routine for the first week and it seemed fine. But, in the second week, I had a small fall off the cycle, that took away a few training days. I realised that a sub 60 minute time for the event would not be possible. The lack of time defined both my targets: 70 minutes for the run and Rs.20,000/- for the fund raiser.
Closer to race day, the fund raiser was slowly inching towards the goal, probably better than my preparation for the run itself. I put in a run whenever possible and realised that I would be on target for a 70 minute run.
The race day and the run itself reminded me of one thing, peak hour traffic. My first 3k was spent dodging people and trying to make space between them. I settled into a rythm and at the 5k mark, I had taken 33minutes. I kept the reduced pace and continued, since I had a small cramp scare at around the 4k mark. But, I was happy that I had been able to make up the time lost in the first couple of km.
I kept it going and passed some people I recognised and thats the nice part of such events. I also happened to catch and cross a lady with a PNLIT bib around the 9k mark. Not sure who it was, but I did say a Hiya and pointed to the PNLIT bib on my back. I crossed the finish line at 1:09:15 over 11 minutes slower than my best time from a couple of years ago. I should be sad, but given that I did not really train for this event, I am not.
Later that day met up with some friends, if you can call them that. "Did you finish?" said one, while another quipped, "You are almost as bad as me". Ruthless :) . As I felt the well deserved beer flow down, I felt no need to justify. I did get a donation for PNLIT while at the event. See the brighter side? :)
Speaking of funds I am inching closer to the 50% of my targeted amount. The money largely has come in from my motorcycling club, Rolling Thunder MC; and one each from office and Arekere. Only 1 donation came from L&T South City itself. Being one of the biggest beneficiaries of PNLITs work, I had most hopes on it. My wife has been my fund raiser's largest supporter.
Back now, as I write this, I think this event helped me get started again. I will be running regularly, though as I write this, thanks to the time provided by a Bharth Bundh, I still have to get over this 10k.
Resident, L&T South City
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Please tune in tomorrow, Sunday 3rd June, to Radio Indigo at 9 a.m. to hear Arathi and Usha in conversation with Mr. Balram.