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July 2nd 2014
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Residents of Springfields, working with the BBMP decided to take charge of the black spot outside their second exit gate which always gets dumped with garbage from across the street and used as a urinal too. This area is a no man’s land as its is Springfields private land maintained by them till the road widening comes about. Finally the dumping got so bad that the citizens decided to take charge. About ten to fifteen residents, assisted by BBMP’s workers and some of their own staff, worked the whole of Saturday morning to decimate the accumulated mounds of trash and debris, which were then removed by the BBMP trucks. Finally the walls were painted a cheerful shade of red and the electrical poles also got a fresh coat of paint. The pictures speak for themselves on the miraculous transformation. In fact, the work was so good that the contractor asked the team if they would be willing to join similar clean up drives across the city!
If you are a Vipassana practitioner, i.e., have attended at least one 10-day course, then you are welcome to join the 1-hour group meditation every Sunday morning (9-10am) at Shubh Enclave, Harlur Road. The couple living there are advanced practitioners. They have a dedicated room for group meditation. On 6th July, they have planned a day long meditation session from 9am to 5pm. Please call and confirm on the numbers below if you plan to attend the session.
Champa/ Nirmal Bothra
1C/D, 2nd Main, Shubha Enclave,
Harlur Road, Entrance Near ICICI Bank (after you enter, first right and then first left – their house is at the end of the road, with distinctive blue exterior)
Phone: +91 93 412 22999 / +91 88 808 14333
– Article Courtesy: Malini Parmar
Hosa road repair – The bumpy ride continues….
Residents of Kasvanahalli Main Road had met the Corporator on 9th May to address the pathetic condition of this road. The corporator had promised to release the funds to get the road relayed in two months, but unfortunately nothing seems to have happened since then. Current condition of Hosa road is pathetic and due to large crater like pot-holes we are waiting for accidents to happen. It is a real nightmare for pregnant women, senior citizens and children to commute through this road. After running from pillar to post, the residents pursuing this issue came to know that Hosa Road comes under Major roads department. Residents then followed up with the Chief Engineer of Major roads to find out the status of this road and understand why the relaying is delayed. He has promised that after the complete estimation and passing of the tender, road asphalting and relaying will be done. This whole process will take another 2-3 months. Temporarily pot holes were fixed with mud and stones(!) but with recent rains and the high traffic density, that did not sustain even for a week.
A good number of residential as well as commercial complexes are approved on this road but this road does not have the capability of sustaining such scale of vehicular movement. Without any provision of proper drainage or plan of road-widening, it is difficult to understand how these projects are approved in the first place! All residents request immediate attention towards this issue and want to get this issue rectified on priority.
Millet Work shop
Bhoomi Network Offers a workshop on Millet in our Daily Meals. The Workshop is anchored by A.Santhilakshmy
For whom: People who wish to explore “good” food through the miracle grains that are millets! This workshop will be helpful to all those looking to transition to a healthier way of living and eating which is mindful of self and the planet at large.
Please call/email to register before making the payment (online/cheque)
Registration Details: Fees: Rs 1200/- per person ( Breakfast, Lunch & Snack included)
Registration closes by 10th July, 2014 (Thursday)
Contact Person : Santhi 9449853834 / 080 – 28441173
Mail, payments by cheque to:
No.70, Prakriya School Campus,
Chikkanayakanahalli, off Doddakannalli;
Sarjapur Road, Carmalaram Post,
Bangalore – 560035
Online Payment Details
Beneficiary Name: Bhoomi Network
Bank Name: The Shamrao Vithal Co-op Bank Ltd.,
Current Account Number: 106304180000427
IFSC Code: SVCB0000063
#780, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore – 560 034.
Please send in the details of your Name, contact numbers and email id along with the payment.
Saturday Long run
All you runners out there! Marathon season is starting soon. Whether you are training for an upcoming race or not, you can find excellent company of fellow running enthusiasts in the Sarjapur Road/Bellandur area. Join a motley bunch of runners for the weekend long run in the green outskirts off Sarjapur Road. You will come across hamlets, lakes, fields, trails and an occasional vehicle. Snakes and various birds may be sighted, and yes a few dogs too. Turn up every Saturday at 5:30 am in front of the Mekong restaurant on Sarjapur Road opposite Kaikondrahalli lake. The run starts here. One catch the running group at 5:55 am in the Sarjapur Decathlon Parking lot. Bring your own water and gels. Run ends at around 8:30am at a local dosa stop with a breakfast of hot dosai and idlies!
Plastic free challenge
Can you live without disposing a single piece of plastic for the whole of July?
This means saying no to plastic bags at the grocery store, No buying rice and daal in plastic covers, no bread in plastic wrap, no chocolates (obviously), no take-outs from restaurants in plastic boxes, no puja flowers delivered in plastic covers, no disposable sanitary napkins (Ahem, who’s up for that challenge!). You think you can do it? If yes, give it a try and show the world how it is done! Send us an essay of 500 word or less on your experience of trying to stay plastic free for the month of July. We will publish it in early august.
Email your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pieces from kids are most welcome!