The BBMP polls that recently concluded had close to 50% voting in HSR layout ward. Generally the BBMP voting has been lacklustre primarily due to the reasons of people not having faith in the city’s development anymore and also due to a weekend. Somehow people seem to think that they need not attach much importance to these polls as compared to the lok sabha polls.
The BBMP Today pushed quite a bit for its luck in BBMP Polls in HSR Layout by doing lots of door to door campaigning. One could see hordes of supporters urging residents to vote for BJP to bring about a change in the system again. What is still surprising is that neither AAP nor LokSatta has a similar push within the locality this time. The only other contender Congress, meanwhile has not bothered to do any sort of canvassing yet.
Being at the helm of affairs, Bangalore has been at the receiving end with the current government with no focus whatsoever on traffic management, or road works. No major infrastructural works have been taken up and daily commutes have been getting from bad to worse day after day. Further, the metro train still has not seen the light of the day with tardy progress and much is desired to be done yet. No one really understands the Mayor’s role in the upkeep of the city, and further the trifurcation of the BBMP has also been put on hold by the courts owing to polls. While dividing the BBMP will mean decentralization and better administration, with it comes also the usual scare of money pilferation and corruption leading to inaction as far as the city’s progress is concerned.
It will be interesting to see which party makes it to the BBMP and that will also set an important tone for the upcoming general elections in Karnataka. The state has always had a bad luck of conflicting parties ruling at the Centre and the State. And we will see better utilization of funds and better governance only when the centre and state have the same party in power. While the BJP goofed up last time, the Congress does not seem to have gone much ahead this time either.
After rather a long wait, HSR Layout now has its own brand new apple experience store – the iCentre. All over Bengaluru from Koramangala, to Indiranagar to Jayanagar to Malleswaram Ample Technogies India Limited were running their apple stores called iMagine stores which are now very popular. HSR Layout now has its own iCentre which will cater to our own layout for all your apple needs. At the time of writing the blog it seems that the iCentre spans across two floors, and they would be offering both sales and service. We will provide an update shortly once more clarity emerges. For now this centre is next to Little Boss kids store, on 27th Main.
Every locality has its own reasons for criminal activities going on the rise, but HSR Layout has earned a penchant for being even more notorious. A Friday night’s knock on the door left them robbed, raped and and assaulted. These criminal actions goes to show that HSR Layout is getting increasingly difficult to monitor for the authorities, and live in for the residents. If we are not even able to answer the door for people knocking on it, then it almost means this locality is getting unfit to be friendly for residents. There is no point in blaming the police for every safety issue, but its about time we do something to safeguard ourselves. Like maybe install CCTVs in our homes right from front gate upto main door, have two levels of secure doors to open before letting anyone in, etc.
What is more important is to ensure that we do not let other people guess or observe how our daily schedule is. We cannot prevent this entirely, but at least stagger our schedules in such a way that we keep ourselves safe. These days not many people keep jewelry and other costly stuff at home, but the reason for the miscreants seems to be different and ugly. Everything boils down to the fact that we need stricter harsher punishments for rape. Like death penalty. Its the harshest punishment and also will serve to swiftly deter other people from doing the same crime again. As long as rape as an offence lets go of offenders in any way just with a small jail sentence or money, or bail they are bound to repeat the offence again.
We hope the police force in HSR Layout would brainstorm and come up with better ways of coping with this ugly menace and keep the locality safe. We as residents must be also cooperative to them without which there would not be much progress.