Bengaluru will be an unlivable city in 5 years


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Exponential and unbridled growth in real estate in Bengaluru has a direct bearing on environment and human health. Buildings have come up in places where there were once trees or open spaces. What if this continues to happen even on the periphery of Namma Bengaluru? What are its long-term implications on the ecosystem?

A study conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) presents an alarming picture. It shows 525% growth in built-up area in the last four decades, 78% decline in vegetation 79% decline in water bodies. These are not just figures, but the lakes and trees that surrounded you have quietly disappeared as a result of the urban sprawl.

While we citizens are quick to throw the blame at the 'authorities' for letting unplanned growth and unregulated construction happen, we need to realize we are the major part of the problem. We buy homes in places that were lakes before, we let trees being cut, and we do not seem to care when our water bodies are so polluted. 

Instead of passing the buck, this is the time for all citizens to get together, petition the govt. and stop this maddening and uncivilized growth of the city. Property developers should no more dominate the govt., public and public policy should. We should demand the creation of green spaces in every locality. Rainwater harvesting should be done voluntarily by everyone. And existing lakes should be cleaned and marked as protected areas.


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