India’s technology capital namma Bengaluru, often referred as country’s Silicon Valley, is seeing some unprecedented growth over years in terms of technology and progress. But what it seems, Bangaloreans have to pay a price for its urbanisation and real estate expansion, which is going to take a toll directly over human health and environment.
The warning bell has been rung by a recent study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) that reveals that there has been a 525% growth in built-up area in the last 40 years, which corresponds to a 78% decline in vegetation and 79% decline in water bodies.
The urbanisation spree that has been going over years has led to a quiet disappearance of lakes and trees. Prof T V Ramachandra of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, terms this as “senseless growth”. In an interview with Deccan Herald, he said, “ What’s the point earning better when the food that you eat is adulterated? As a result of unplanned urbanisation, Bengaluru is going to be an unlivable and dead city in the next five years.”
Urban expert Ashwin Mahesh slams the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for not coming with sectoral plans and facilitating land deals to benefit politicians. He urged the government to use large acres of lands to create lung space, water bodies and playgrounds.
Prof. Ramachandra also asks the government to take necessary measures to decongest the city. Industries should be shifted to other districts.
With the decreasing green cover, Air pollution levels are also increasing. Cities are the source of several dangerous gases, particularly vehicles like passenger cars, Lorries, buses which generate carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrous oxides (Nox), benzene, ozone in addition to fine particles released by diesel motors which create a serious threat to human health.
The Logical Indian is appalled by such startling facts. Immediately the government should take steps to reduce the heavy pressure of urbanisation going all across the city.