On Sunday morning, thousands of Bengaluru residents were in no mood to “swalpa adjust” – adjust just a little. A proposal to build a steel flyover from Chalukya Circle to Hebbal Junction, a project that has been recently cleared by the state government before details were made public, has elicited heated protests from citizen groups and individuals. People of all age groups took to the streets holding placards saying “steel flyover beda” – steel flyover not wanted.
Most often, Bengaluru residents would welcome a proposal to decongest the city’s roads. But this project seems more destructive than beneficial. The six-lane steel flyover that is supposed to cover a distance of 6.7 km will cost about Rs 1,800 crores. More than 3 acres of government land and more than 1 acre or private land at the centre of Bengaluru – still some of the greenest spaces in the city – will need to be acquired for the project. The plan suggests that 812 trees will be felled in the process. Despite government assurances to the contrary, citizens groups are also concerned about the fate of heritage buildings and monuments along the way.
At the behest of urban activists who have formed a group called Citizens Against Steel Flyover, scores of residents welfare associations and hundreds of individuals living in Bengaluru came out to form a human chain joining the two ends of the proposed project. Their demands were for the government to give up on building one expensive steel flyover and focus on an integrated mobility plan for Bangalore that includes better public transport with more trains and buses and safer footpaths.
Urban activists have been concerned over the secrecy surrounding the project that the government seems to have cleared in a hurry. Many groups have reported the Bangalore Development Authority's reluctance to share the Detailed Project Report, which has only been out up on the government website a few days ago after he project was cleared b the government and the move widely reported in the media. Activists have also urged Larsen and Toubro, which has won the contract for the project, to withdraw.
The ordeal of choosing the right data pack for your connectivity needs
"Your data has been activated." <10 seconds later> "You have crossed your data limit."
The internet is an amazing space where you can watch a donkey playing football while simultaneously looking up whether the mole on your elbow is a symptom of a terminal diseases. It’s as busy as it’s big with at least 2.96 billion pages in the indexed web and over 40,000 Google search queries processed every second. If you have access to this vast expanse of information through your mobile, then you’re probably on something known as a data plan.
However, data plans or data packs are a lot like prescription pills. You need to go through a barrage of perplexing words to understand what they really do. Not to mention the call from the telecom company rattling on at 400 words per minute about a life-changing data pack which is as undecipherable as reading a doctor’s handwriting on the prescription. On top of it all, most data packs expect you to solve complex algorithms on permutations to figure out which one is the right one.
Even the most sophisticated and evolved beings of the digital era would agree that choosing a data pack is a lot like getting stuck on a seesaw, struggling to find the right balance between getting the most out of your data and not paying for more than you need. Running out of data is frustrating, but losing the data that you paid for but couldn’t use during a busy month is outright infuriating. Shouldn’t your unused data be rolled over to the next month?
You peruse the advice available online on how to go about choosing the right data pack, most of which talks about understanding your own data usage. Armed with wisdom, you escape to your mind palace, Sherlock style, and review your access to Wifi zones, the size of the websites you regularly visit, the number of emails you send and receive, even the number of cat videos you watch. You somehow manage to figure out your daily usage which you multiply by 30 and there it is. All you need to do now is find the appropriate data pack.
Promptly ignoring the above calculations, you fall for unlimited data plans with an “all you can eat” buffet style data offering. You immediately text a code to the telecom company to activate this portal to unlimited video calls, selfies, instastories, snapchats – sky is the limit. You tell all your friends and colleagues about the genius new plan you have and how you’ve been watching funny sloth videos on YouTube all day, well, because you CAN!
Alas, after a day of reign, you realise that your phone has run out of data. Anyone who has suffered the terms and conditions of unlimited data packs knows the importance of reading the fine print before committing yourself to one. Some plans place limits on video quality to 480p on mobile phones, some limit the speed after reaching a mark mentioned in the fine print. Is it too much to ask for a plan that lets us binge on our favourite shows on Amazon Prime, unconditionally?
You find yourself stuck in an endless loop of estimating your data usage, figuring out how you crossed your data limit and arguing with customer care about your sky-high phone bill. Exasperated, you somehow muster up the strength to do it all over again and decide to browse for more data packs. Regrettably, the website wont load on your mobile because of expired data.
Getting the right data plan shouldn’t be this complicated a decision. Instead of getting confused by the numerous offers, focus on your usage and guide yourself out of the maze by having a clear idea of what you want. And if all you want is to enjoy unlimited calls with friends and uninterrupted Snapchat, then you know exactly what to look for in a plan.
The Airtel Postpaid at Rs. 499 comes closest to a plan that is up front with its offerings, making it easy to choose exactly what you need. One of the best-selling Airtel Postpaid plans, the Rs. 499 pack offers 40 GB 3G/4G data that you can carry forward to the next bill cycle if unused. The pack also offers a one year subscription to Amazon Prime on the Airtel TV app.
So, next time, don’t let your frustration get the better of you. Click here to find a plan that’s right for you.
This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Airtel and not by the Scroll editorial team.