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No more free parking on roads

Good morning, Bengaluru!

Today’s weather: Sunny skies and high temperatures throughout the day.

🧐 Did you know? The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is taken care of by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE), an autonomous body supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Karnataka.

🛑 Pay-and-park system to be extended

The BBMP plans to extend the pay-and-park system to over 600 roads in Bengaluru.

Story so far: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is set to introduce the pay-and-park system for 24,387 two-wheelers and 2,834 cars in all eight zones in the city. The plan will be implemented on a total of 684 roads based on a ground report and the revenue from this project will be used for providing non-motorised transport (NMT) services in the city.

  • The civic body will instruct private firms to collect parking fees as it has already done on 85 roads.
  • Fresh tenders for the same will be floated by the BBMP by October-end.

Additional vehicles: Apart from two-wheelers and cars, officials have also earmarked parking spaces for micro-mobility vehicles (eg, Yulu), people with disabilities, autorickshaws and light commercial vehicles. Cycles will continue to enjoy free parking. Additionally, a roadside space will be designated for the loading and unloading of goods.

🏞️ Government to take back Lalbagh land

The horticulture department of the Karnataka government will take back 2.35 acres of land inside Lalbagh leased out to two private societies.

Story so far: The Nurserymen Cooperative Society is allotted 1.65 acres while Mysore Udyana Kalasangha occupies 70 cents (28 guntas). The decision was taken by the government since they were making hefty profits while only paying a negligible amount towards renewal fees.

  • Both societies are private entities registered under the Societies Act.
  • The prime land at Lalbagh was leased out to them for a period of 25 years.

Taking land back: An order was issued by the state government earlier this month directing both societies to return the land back to the horticulture department. The order also stated that the buildings currently used by the societies should also be handed over to the horticulture department.

🏁 Karters qualified for World Finals

Bengaluru karters dominated the National Karting Championships, bagging three titles and making it to World Finals in Portugal.

Story so far: Peregrine Racing, the Bengaluru team won two titles at the Karting Nations with their leading driver Rohaan Madesh awarded as the senior national champion. Another driver on the team, Nikhilesh Raju was identified as the Micro Max National champion after the final round of the Meco FMSCI Rotax Max National Karting Championship 2022.

  • Abhay Mohan, a 14-year-old participant from Bengaluru racing for Birel Art India, bagged the Junior Max National Championship.
  • The three participants made the cut to participate in the World Finals to be held in Portugal in November.

Karting: The sport is believed to be the initial exposure to racing. The championship was held at the Meco Kartopia track in the city. Peregrine Racing has won the senior national championship for the second year in a row.

🧠 NIMHANS treats over 1,000 patients

As a part of the Karnataka-Brain Health Initiative (Ka-BHI), NIMHANS has treated 1,249 patients in Chikkaballapura, Kolar and Bengaluru Urban districts.

Story so far: The initiative, launched by Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar in July, aims to provide good quality care to all. Under this initiative, Public Health Doctors are being telemonitored and care pathways have been made for training and fielding doctors in all districts.

  • The initiative is also educating patients on the importance of taking medicines as they often do not.
  • The Ka-BHI is a first of its kind in India, with the primary objective of promoting brain health.

Importance of brain health: The initiative aims to promote brain health in the healthcare sector starting from primary health centres all the way to tertiary levels. NIMHANS is planning to extend the initiative to other districts as well.

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🗞️ In other news…

  • Bengaluru Traffic Police conducted a special drive on Monday by posing as customers in plain clothes and booking auto drivers who demand excess fares.
  • The city is celebrating its ‘son-in-law’ Rishi Sunak’s victory after the announcement that he is the next UK Prime Minister.
  • Although selling crackers was banned in the city during Deepavali celebrations, officials of the Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services spotted traders illegally wheeling them on pushcarts.
  • As a form of protest against bad road conditions, many citizens were seen bursting crackers in potholes and demanded repair.
  • Although Bengaluru has the highest number of active Covid cases in the metro cities, doctors have claimed that they are well under control.

That’s it for today. Have a great day!

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