patrol beat

Living On Hope - by Asha Rai/TNN

Last week, the MLA of Mahadevapura, Arvind Limbavali, sat surrounded by all the issues of the Times of India which featured the Bangalore Patrol campaign.
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Down In The Dumps - by Aarthi R/TNN

Bangalore: It’s time now for the last and among the least scorers of Bangalore. We peg this last leg of TOI Bangalore Patrol’s assembly constituency wise survey with those who have just about managed to get pass class marks and come in at the bottom. Read More...

Posh Areas Lack Civic Services - by Sunitha Rao R/TNN

Do real estate prices have a close link to the quality of civic amenities available in an area?  A survey of assembly constituencies where real estate prices are indeed  sky high  reveals that the link between the two are indeed tenuous.
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Core Areas Do Well- by Sunitha Rao R, TNN

`Old is gold,’ is a phrase that’s apt to assess the quality of civic amenities in assembly constituencies featured in today’s edition. Read More...

Bangalore’s Best, South & West - TNN

The Bangalore Patrol survey so far has assessed civic services available to people on a ward-wise basis. The exhaustive survey saw all the 198 wards of mapped and measured. The natural progression to this was to see how the assembly constituencies of the city fare in the delivery of civic services. Read More...

Can’t Get Worse Than This - by Sunitha Rao R, TNN

To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy’s famous first line from Anna Karanina in the context of civic amenities in Bangalore, “Good wards are all alike; every bad ward is bad in its own way.” Read More...

Happy But Want More - by Aarthi R, TNN

The Bangalore Patrol survey of the best wards of live in the city has thrown up real surprises with the favourites to top the poll unseated by dark horses. But that does not necessarily mean that those at the top are revelling in their good fortune. When it comes to civic sense, there’s nothing called “completely satisfied.” Read More...

The Rising Stars - by Sunitha Rao R, TNN

Residential localities, hitherto unheard of or which made news for all the wrong reasons, are climbing the charts rather rapidly to emerge as some of the best areas in the city to live in from a civic perspective. The Bangalore Patrol survey shows that wards like Kamakshi Palya, SK Garden, Pulakeshi Nagar which were earlier known for their perennial problems with roads, water and drainage have leap-frogged the better known localities in the listing of the best wards of Bangalore. Read More...

Why Posh Is Not Really Posh - by Aarthi R, TNN

The biggest surprise that the Bangalore Patrol survey threw up was in the ranking of the best wards to live in, in Bangalore. Commonly accepted wisdom has the central business district — MG Road, St Marks Road, Lavelle Road — Indiranagar, Koramangala, Sadashivanagar, Raj Mahal Vilas, Jayanagar, Malleswaram as the posh areas of the city. Related to this is the assumption that poshness denotes good civic amenities. Otherwise, why would the rich and famous want to live there? Read More...

Crime & the City- by Sunitha Rao R, TNN

A rhetorical question, “Until what time would you let your daughter stay out in the evenings?” led Bangalore Patrol to look at safety of neighbourhoods. Implicit in the question is the answer that later a girl can stay out, the safer is the neighbourhood and vice versa. Read More...

No parks, No play grounds
- by Aarthi R, TNN

Playing `galli’ cricket in congested lanes and going for morning walks along busy roads is fun no more. The common man’s everyday experience has been borne out of the scientific study done by Bangalore Patrol. Even as the city expanded to 198 wards and repeated stress was placed on allocating more funds for parks and playgrounds in the BBMP budgets, Bangalore sadly lacks sufficient play and park spaces. Many places in old, central city areas now have more tutorial centres for kids than play areas. Read More...

Browning of Bangalore, by Asha Rai, TNN

Much before Bangalore became the IT capital of the country, it was the garden city; home to two of the most beautiful gardens in the country: Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh. Bangalore was also the city, where you wore mufflers and woolens in the winter. Where an A/C was for the nouveau riche. Read More...

Few public toilets, No litter bins - by Sunitha Rao R, TNN

Bangalore, as a city, is much cleaner than many others in the country. But the truth is, it could be so much better. While no ward scores a zero on this standard, it’s a matter of concern that a majority of the wards have to make do with average sanitation services with the situation going downhill dramatically in the newer additions to the city. Read More...

Slow Ride On Bumby Lanes- by Asha Rai, TNN

Bangaloreans’ biggest crib is with transport. There isn’t anybody who steps out of the house in the morning and returns home in the evening without once having cursed something related to his sojourn back and forth. The biggest peeve is with the potholes and craters on the roads. This is followed closely by the traffic on the road, which is slow moving and punctuated by frequent jams, rendering a 10-minute easy ride into a 30-minute nightmare. Read More...

Pockets of Thirst Remain - by Asha Rai, TNN

Is the water supplied to Bangalore enough to quench its thirst? Yes and No. Parts of the city get very good supply while some other parts get no piped water at all. Though the city scores the highest in this civic parameter, it is matter of concern that there’s huge disparity in the delivery of this critical civic service to the people of the city. Read More...

Foot Soldiers' Stories
by Sunitha Rao R, TNN

You should be in the core area or on the extreme borders of Bangalore. If you chose to live in-between, be prepared to suffer from a lack of civic amenities." This is one suggestion that field associates of Janaagraha --who pounded the streets and knocked oninnumerable doors to conduct the Bangalore Patrol survey -- have for Bangaloreans. Read More...

Hell Hath Another Name, by Aarthi R, TNN

Can anything be more ironic than this? Kempegowda ward, the very first ward of namma Bengaluru, named after the Yelahanka chieftain who founded the city way back in 1537, ranks among the 20 worst wards of the city. Read More...

High on Water, Low on Public Amenities - by Asha Rai, TNN

What makes a city livable? What attracts people to one part of the city even as some other areas repel? Unfortunately, after six decades of independence it remains bijli,sadak and pani. It's the simple things of life; good water connectivity, regular and quality supply of power, decent roads, speedy, timely transport connections, nice parks and playgrounds to stroll and play in, good air to breathe and of course, safe neighbourhoods where people, especially women, can move around without fear that define quality of life. Read More...