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Smart City Makeover: The Rebirth of Shivajinagar

Shivajinagar roads will be ready for traffic in a few days, and bus stand roads are being prepared. MLA Rizwan Arshad said that once the project is completed, the place will be pedestrian-friendly.

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Smart City Makeover: The Rebirth of Shivajinagar
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Bengaluru: Shivajinagar, a bustling locality in Bengaluru, has been given a new lease of life under the Smart City project. One of the most notable transformations in the area has been the renovation of Chandni Chowk. The 200-year-old locality was once a dumping ground, but is now a community gathering place.

The dilapidated state of Chandni Chowk was a cause for concern among the residents. The area lacked basic infrastructure, and the presence of garbage made it an unpleasant place to be in. The situation was particularly challenging for businesses in the area. However, with the MLA’s grant, the BBMP Smart City project has completely revived the area.

Today, Chandni Chowk is unrecognizable from its former self. The BBMP has constructed 8 plazas in a space of 120 meters long and 13 meters wide. Two fountains were built in the first plaza in front of St. Mary’s Basilica Church. The area now has seating arrangements, toilets, parking area, police chowki, and decorative electric lights. Safety has also been emphasized, with 35 CCTV cameras installed. A 50 feet tall clock tower stands on the other side of the area.

The Russell Market Traders Association General Secretary, Mohammad Idrees Choudhary, said that earlier, the area was like hell. But after the renovation, there have been many improvements along the way. The roads used to get waterlogged during the rainy season, but now they don’t. However, he said that the biggest challenge ahead is management.

The outside of Russell Market has been painted and renovated, but the interior still needs a lot of change. BBMP will be able to earn income from this, according to Choudhary.

Shivajinagar roads will be ready for traffic in a few days, and bus stand roads are being prepared. MLA Rizwan Arshad said that once the project is completed, the place will be pedestrian-friendly.

To celebrate the transformation of Shivajinagar, the Shivajinagar festival has been organized at Urban Plaza on Saturday. The festival celebrates the diversity of the city and brings together people from different communities. The program includes an art exhibition by famous artists, food stalls, and other cultural activities. The festival is an excellent opportunity for the residents to come together and enjoy the new look of Shivajinagar.

Overall, the Smart City project has brought many changes to Shivajinagar. Chandni Chowk is a prime example of the transformation that has taken place. The area has gone from being a dumping ground to a community gathering place, and the residents can now enjoy a clean and safe environment. The project has not only improved the quality of life of the residents but has also provided an opportunity for economic growth in the area.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah discusses potential NIA involvement in the investigation of the Rameswaram cafe blast.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast
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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns regarding the Rameswaram cafe blast, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring a thorough investigation. The blast, which occurred at a popular eatery in Brookfield on March 1, left 10 people injured and sparked demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Siddaramaiah acknowledged that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was currently handling the investigation. However, in response to the BJP’s call for an NIA inquiry, he stated, “We will consider it if necessary. The investigation is underway, and no suspects have been apprehended yet.”

The Chief Minister also criticized the BJP’s attempts to politicize the incident, particularly referencing their accusation of labeling Bengaluru as ‘Bomb Bangalore’ instead of ‘Brand Bangalore.’ He pointed out previous bomb blasts that occurred during BJP’s rule and questioned their accountability during those instances.

Addressing concerns over public safety, Siddaramaiah stressed the seriousness with which governments approach such incidents. “Bombings are never trivial matters. Our priority is always the safety and security of the public,” he affirmed.

He further challenged the BJP to refrain from politicizing the issue and instead focus on supporting efforts to ensure justice and prevent future incidents. “While I condemn the act of bombing, it is crucial that we do not engage in political gamesmanship at the expense of public safety,” Siddaramaiah emphasized.

In conclusion, Siddaramaiah’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation into the Rameswaram cafe blast and their willingness to consider involving the NIA if deemed necessary. He reiterated the importance of prioritizing public safety above political agendas, urging all parties to work together towards this common goal.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka

Three arrested in Ullal for the demolition of an under-construction Bhandara Mane near Kondana Daivasthana. Get insights on the incident, legal actions, and reactions.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka
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in Ullal, Karnataka, three individuals have been apprehended by the Ullal police regarding the demolition of an under-construction “Bhandara mane” near the revered Kondana Daivasthana. Commissioner of Police Anupam Agrawal identified the arrested individuals as Muttana Shetty, Dheeraj, and Shivraj.

Bhandara Mane:

The Kondana Daivasthana, overseen by the endowment department, witnessed the unlawful demolition of the Bhandara mane structure, located on government land adjacent to the Daivasthana premises. Miscreants utilized an earthmover to carry out the demolition during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a complaint lodged by Kotekar TP Chief Officer Anand, the police initiated legal proceedings under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. The sections invoked include IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 295, 427, along with Section 2A of the aforementioned Karnataka Act.

Interrogation of the arrested individuals revealed that the Bhandara mane construction lacked proper authorization, having been erected without consent from the Daivasthana’s 16 ‘gurikararu.’ Despite complaints to authorities like the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar, no corrective measures were taken, prompting the accused to take matters into their own hands.

Expressing dismay over the incident, U T Khader, Assembly Speaker and representative of the Mangalore Assembly constituency, condemned the demolition. He emphasized the significance of preserving religious structures and directed law enforcement to swiftly act against the perpetrators.

The demolition of the Bhandara mane stands as a somber event tarnishing the district’s reputation, prompting calls for justice and stricter enforcement of property laws. Stay tuned for further updates as the legal proceedings unfold in this case.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.

BJP national president J P Nadda’s two-day visit to Belagavi includes public engagements and organisational meetings.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.
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BJP national president J P Nadda is set for a significant two-day visit to Belagavi, Karnataka. Scheduled from Monday onwards, his visit encompasses a series of public engagements and crucial organisational meetings. On Monday, he is expected to arrive at Sambra Airport, Belagavi at 08.30 pm. The itinerary kicks off with a core committee meeting for Chikodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura parliamentary constituencies at Kakati, Belagavi at 09.00 pm.

The following day, Tuesday, holds various important events. At 11.15 am, Nadda will address the booth karyakarta sammelan at Kiwad Ground, Chikodi. This will be followed by an interaction session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana at ITC Welcome Hotel in Belagavi at 02.15 pm. Later in the day, at 05.15 pm, he is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Jirge Auditorium in Belagavi.

The visit underscores BJP’s commitment to engaging with local communities and strengthening organisational structures. Stay updated on J P Nadda’s visit to Belagavi for insights into the party’s strategies and engagements.

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