Uncontrolled urbanisation and aggressive real estate growth are going to destroy Bengaluru, revealed Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
According to the study conducted by IISC, Bengaluru claims that an alarming situation has generated because of 525% growth in built-up area in the last 40 years. The study also claims that Bengaluru which is also known as 'Garden city' and 'The City of Lakes' has seen a decline of 78% in vegetation and 79% 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, says the study.
Prof T V Ramachandra of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the IISc calls it ‘Senseless Growth'. "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 unliveable and dead city in the next five years," he said.
Urban expert Ashwin Mahesh blames the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). “The BDA has become an agency which facilitates land deals for the benefit of corrupt politicians. People feel it should be closed down,” he said.
According to Deccan Herald, Environmentalist Yellappa Reddy said, “The government is not competent enough to foresee the future implications of the present growth. There is no proper policy on land use and water. Land is being exploited on the whims and fancies of the politicians.”
He urged the government to use 40,000 acres of evicted land for community benefits such as creating lung space, water bodies and playgrounds.
“It’s disturbing to see private developers dominate government decisions. The norm to keep at least 15-20 % of the city as open space is ignored, stormwater drains and water bodies have been narrowed. At least now, the government should wake up and get is priorities right to make Bengaluru a sustainable city,” said Prof Ramachandra, IISC
Till now, Bengaluru was the most demanded metropolitan cities because of its pleasant climate throughout the year, its work culture and most convenient place to live. It is situated in southern India on the Deccan Plateau, height of over 3000 feet above sea level, 600 small and big lakes kept the city cool and green. But the economic boom in the last 20 years and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has destroyed this great city.