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April 2016

Green flag to Namma Metro’s underground stretch!

Flagging off the Underground Metro Route

Bengaluru’s Namma Metro is finally here. The mega infrastructure’s first phase stretch from Nayandahalli to Bayappanahalli has been opened for public. With opening of this reach Namma metro has completed 33 kms out of the total 42.3 kms of phase 1. The Train will run through all recognizable parts of this city including the Vidhana Soudha.

The East-West corridor, as it is called will be a first on several fronts. It will be the first complete line to begin operations for Namma Metro. The Purple Line will be the first railway line in India to use 750 V DC third rail traction, a technology of its own kind. Besides this, it will also be the first metro project in south India to have a working underground section.

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has claimed that safety measures in tunnel and metro underground stations are of international standards. Even if the metro train halts on the track due to a rare power failure, the passengers can reach nearest station with the help of walkways. The metro underground stations are designed in such a way that it will be easy to evacuate passengers during times of emergencies. To meet fire emergencies, each station has a storage capacity of one lakh litres of water. The whole Infrastructure is earth-quake resistant too.

The Metro, apart from taking of the pressure on the traffic, will save a lot of time for commuters. It is deemed to cut down the travelling time from Mysuru Road in the west to Byapanahalli in the east – an 18-km stretch, from an hour or two to flat 33 minutes. It will provide easy access to schools, Government organizations, colleges, and other important places of this city. One of the best services that is being offered by the metro is the availability of Wi-Fi onboard.

With all things set, Commuters can look forward to a hassle free travelling across the city, that too at an affordable cost.

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Karnataka fighting the power crisis

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The problems in power have continuously troubled Karnataka for many years, especially in rural areas. This year it is under added pressure of water shortage, which otherwise helps to tide over the power crisis. The recent fire accident at Sharavathi hydroelectric power plant, shortage of water at state’s thermal plants, apart from the critically low levels of coal availability, have seemingly pushed the state to the edge. However, the government is exceedingly focused on addressing some of the major power related issues.

The decade old electricity distribution network is now being upgraded by the government across the State at a cost of Rs 5,100 crore. UPCL, BTPS and RTPS thermal stations have been asked to finish their maintenance activities soon and start delivering power to the main grid. As a short term measure, Energy department is purchasing around 1000 MW’s from the open market. Energy efficiency measures are being rolled out wherein citizens are being requested to use power and water judiciously.

With the demand increasing by the day, Karnataka Power Corporation (KPC) is taking drastic measures to improve the production at its thermal plants. The next few years will see an addition of nearly 3100 mega-watt of power as the Yermarus, Edlapura and the 3 rd unit of the Bellary Thermal Power Stations, go on stream.

Karnataka requires around 25,000 MW of additional power to meet the growing demand in future. Thermal, renewable energy, solar and wind power are being explored to find a permanent solution to the power crisis in the state.

A silver lining in the dark clouds has been the investment in the energy sector from the recently concluded Global Investors Meet. Among various agreements inked in the infrastructure sector, energy has received a substantial share of the investments.

Rekindling the rural development fire

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Development of rural areas has a bearing on improving agricultural production and related economic activities, availability of natural and financial resources and their development. So there is a need to empower grass root level institutions by decentralizing them to a great extent.

Karnataka has been one of the pioneer States in effectively decentralizing the governance system, more specifically by nurturing its Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI).

It was the first state in the country to enact the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, which incorporated the features of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment. Elections are being successively held to the three-tiers of PRIs all over in Karnataka. Politically, there is a broad consensus and sincere commitment in favour of decentralization in the State. An outstanding feature of the Panchayati Raj System in Karnataka is the state’s determined effort to empower the voiceless section of society by providing for specific reservation not only for its membership but also to the post of Chairpersons of these Institutions.

In order to ensure transparency at all levels of governance and promote participatory governance, the Karnataka government has recently amended its Panchayati Raj Act. It is a matter of great pride for Karnataka that women have been provided with 50 per cent reservation both in membership and authority positions. The Amended Bill titled the Gram Swaraj and Panchayati Raj Bill comprises of more than 100 changes to the existing Act, aimed at empowering the Panchayats to effectively function as a unit of Grama Swaraj.

With the kind of initiatives the government is taking, the Panchayat Raj system in the state is in for a huge overhaul. The initiatives once implemented across the state, can really take Karnataka to a whole new level.

ಮರಳಿ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಯುಗಾದಿ

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ಯುಗಾದಿ! ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಹೊಸವರ್ಷದ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ. ಮನೆ-ಮನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸ ಕನಸಿನೆಡೆಗೊಂದು ಪಯಣ. ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಂಸ್ಕøತಿಯ ಒಂದು ಭಾಗವಾದ ಹಬ್ಬಗಳು ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಚಂದ! ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಹಬ್ಬವೂ ಹೊಸತನದಿಂದ-ವಿಶೇಷತೆಯಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಅದ್ಭುತವಾದ ಸಂದೇಶ ಹಬ್ಬಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡಕವಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಯುಗಾದಿಯೂ ಇಡೀ ಜೀವನದ ಸಾರವನ್ನು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸರಳವಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿಹೇಳುತ್ತದೆ. ಯುಗ-ಯುಗಾದಿ ಕಳೆದರೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ..
   ಬೇವು-ಬೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನು ಹಂಚಿ ಸಡಗರದಿಂದ ಆಚರಿಸುವ ಯುಗದ ಆದಿಯ ಹಬ್ಬವಿದು. ಹೊಸವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾಲಿಡುವ ವೇಳೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ನೋವು-ನಲಿವುಗಳು ಸಮಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿರಲಿ’ ಎನ್ನುವ ಸಂದೇಶವನ್ನು ಬೇವು-ಬೆಲ್ಲ ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಎಷ್ಟು ಅರ್ಥಪೂರ್ಣ ಅಲ್ಲವೆ? ಬದುಕಿನುದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಕೇವಲ ನಲಿವನ್ನೇ ಅನುಭವಿಸಿದರೆ ನಲಿವಿನ ರುಚಿಯೇ ತಿಳಿಯದು. ಯಾವಾಗ ನೋವೂ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಕಾಡುವುದೋ ಆಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ನಲಿವಿನ ಮಹತ್ವ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ನೋವು ಸಹ ಹೊಸತೊಂದು ಸಾಧನೆಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಬಹುದು, ಅಗಾಧವಾದ ಅನುಭವಕ್ಕೆ ತೆರೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು.
   ಇದೀಗ ನಾವು ದುರ್ಮುಖಿ ನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾಲಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಈ ವರ್ಷ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಮೊಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನಗು ತರಲಿ. ನಲಿವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಗ್ಗದೆ, ನೋವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಗ್ಗದೆ ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಸಮಚಿತ್ತದಿಂದ ಎದುರುಗೊಳ್ಳುವ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಎಲ್ಲರದಾಗಲಿ. ಈ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹೊಸತೊಂದು ನಡೆಗೆ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಯಾಗಲಿ. ಮೈಮನಗಳು ಉಲ್ಲಸಿತವಾಗಿರಲಿ.
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