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Bangalore news Oct 3 highlights: KSRTC bans single-use plastic on buses; urges commuters to bring own bottles

Bangalore news Oct 3 highlights: Get the latest updates on Bangalore traffic, Bangalore weather, the events in Bangalore today and much more in our daily live blog.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 4, 2019 10:37:44 am
Bengaluru, KSRTC bus Bengaluru, Bengaluru bus fire, Bus catches fire, one killed KSRTC bus, KSRTC bus accident, India news KSRTC will not provide drinking water in plastic bottles for overnight trips from Thursday as part of implementing the ban on single-use plastic. (File)

Bangalore news Oct 3 highlights: As part of implementing a ban on single-use plastic, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to stop providing water bottles in overnight bus services, beginning today. The KSRTC has also started a ‘Bring your own bottle’ campaign to encourage use of non-plastic water bottles among passengers.

Meanwhile, 7.5 tonnes of plastic was collected in the Plog Run, where participants picked plastic waste on the go. The run covering 50 locations in the city including 10 slum areas covering 2 km each, took place on Wednesday morning.

 

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17:02 (IST)03 Oct 2019
BMTC gives clearance to induct 300 e-buses

After much delay over the proposal to procure electric buses citing high costs, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has finally given its clearance to induct 300 electric buses. The BMTC has invited a tender to lease the fleet through a third party. Sources in the BMTC said the corporation will lease buses under the central government’s ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric vehicles (FAME)’ subsidy programme.

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16:49 (IST)03 Oct 2019
IN PICS| MP Pratap Simha reviews Mysuru Dasara preparations
16:33 (IST)03 Oct 2019
RCB drummer arrested for betting, illegal approach in Karnataka league

A celebrity drummer associated with franchise cricket events, including the Indian Premier League, has been arrested by the Bangalore Central Crime Branch (CCB) in an investigation into betting and illegal approach of a player in the 2019 Karnataka Premier League.

Bhavesh Bafna, 26, a drummer who has entertained crowds in the IPL on behalf of Royal Challengers Bangalore as well as in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and the KPL, was arrested by CCB police on Wednesday for acting as a conduit for bookies in Delhi and Mumbai and on specific charges of enticing a player in the KPL to give away more than 10 runs in an over. He allegedly dangled the carrot of an IPL contract to induce a player to underperform. Read more

16:03 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Mysore Dasara: Special buses, trains announced to ease travel for lakhs of passengers

The KSRTC has decided to operate 2500 extra buses from October 4 to 8 inclduing special operations to various destinations within and outside the state.

Intra-state services during the same timeframe include buses to Dharmastala, Kukkesubramanya, Sringeri, Horanadu, Shivamogga, Madikeri, Mangaluru, Davangere, Gokarna, Kollur, Hubballi, Dharwad, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Karwar, Ballari, Hospete, Kalaburagi, and Raichur.

At the same time, inter-state services will be operated to Hyderabad, Chennai, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Salem, Trichy, Pudukote, Madurai, Panjim, Shirdi, Pune, Ernakulam, and Palakkad.

Read more for information on special trains and buses

15:32 (IST)03 Oct 2019
BJP's 'camera centric repsect' insult to Gandhi: Karnataka Congress
15:11 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Government mulling NRC in Karnataka: Home minister

"Following the Centre's call to implement NRC in various states, various discussions have been taking place in many states on its implementation, including some from the south. We have observed that a lot of migrants have crossed borders illegally to settle down here, especially in Bengaluru. We will look into the matter and discuss with the Centre to take a final decision on the matter," Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters in Vidhana Soudha on Thursday.

14:53 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Viral video: Woman in Mysuru gulps down six idlis in a minute

A 60-year-old woman secured the first position in an idli eating competition in Mysuru, Karnataka after she gulped down six of them in a minute.

The competition was a part of Mysuru Dasara celebrations held in the district. While several women took part in the competition, an elderly woman named Sarojamma took the lead as she quickly downed six idlis. Read more

14:20 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Yesvantpur Jn cleanest railway station in Karnataka

According to the Swachh Rankings 2019, Yesvantpur Jn in Bengaluru have been picked cleanest railway station in Karnataka. While the station is only at Rank 30 in the overall list across stations in India, the second on the Karnataka list is Shimoga Town (all-India rank 27).

12:55 (IST)03 Oct 2019
WATCH| Part of false ceiling collapses at Bengaluru metro station
12:28 (IST)03 Oct 2019
IN PICS| MPs plant trees in Chamrajpet
11:39 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Bengaluru to get dedicated bus lanes from November 1; BBMP directed to build bus shelters

On Wednesday, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Transport minister Laxman Savadi inspected the Outer Ring Road (ORR) between Central Silk Board junction and KR Puram finalise the proposal for exclusive bus lanes in the city.

The minister after a trip on the route on a BMTC Volvo bus told Indianexpress.com that dedicated bus lanes would, in many ways, contribute in decongesting traffic in Bengaluru.

"I have BBMP officials to build bus shelters and to provide the necessary infrastructure to ensure passengers have a smooth commute via the proposed dedicated bus lanes. The Bengaluru City Traffic Police (BTP) will look into the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act to decide on violation cases that will be charged on other private vehicles entering the bus priority lane," he said. Read more

10:58 (IST)03 Oct 2019
World Space Week: URSC to conduct one-day programmes in 7 colleges

As part of observing World Space Week from October 4 to 10, the UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), the lead centre for ISRO's design, development, and realisation of satellites, will join hands with colleges in the state to offer one-day special programmes.

The one-day programme consists of various competitions for students, an exhibition of satellite models, videos, expert talks and such, according to a statement released on Thursday.

10:39 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Boys return lost iPhone; DCP lauds honest gesture
10:04 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Bangalore LIVE air quality check

Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. At 10 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Jayanagar, Mathikere or HSR Layout. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Indira Nagar, Bapuji Nagar, and Ulsoor. 

09:24 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Bangalore power disruption update

Several areas in Bengaluru including Jakkur Post, Sampigehalli and surroundings are facing interruptions in power supply. According to BESCOM, the same is due to various repair works taking place due to a faulty feeder in the area. BESCOM officials informed that power supply will be restored in these areas by 11 am. 

08:57 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Farmer suicides citing delay in flood relief

A farmer in Chikkamagaluru district committed suicide consuming poison on Wednesday. Identified as Chandregowda, a resident of SK Megal village in Mudigere Taluk, the deceased had suffered crop loss in the recent floods and was allegedly waiting for relief funds from the government to resume farming.

08:44 (IST)03 Oct 2019
Plog Run: Bengalureans collect 7.5 tonne plastic waste

As much as 7.5 tonnes of plastic was collected in the Plog Run, where participants picked plastic waste on the go. The run covering 50 locations in the city including 10 slum areas covering 2 km each, took place on Wednesday morning.

Congratulating the runners, BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar wrote on Twitter, "Three cheers to all those who made this happen! Let’s make Bengaluru plastic-free."

At the same time, four years after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Council elections, two corporators from the party secured the top elected posts of Bangalore’s local civic body after high drama over nominations for the Mayor post.

READ| BJP sweeps Bengaluru mayoral elections

Meanwhile, in a big relief to public bus commuters in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government has planned to introduce dedicated bus lanes in key areas of the city.

READ| Bengaluru to get dedicated bus lanes from November 1

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations: BBMP Control room: 080-22221188 In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit at your area, contact BWSSB: 1916.

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