A recent study conducted by two scientists at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISC) has found out that by 2020, Bangalore will be “an unlivable sea of concrete and glass” with barely any trees, all thanks to the unplanned urbanisation. The IT hub’s greenery will reduce to nearly 6.46 per cent from the 63 per cent green cover it had in 1973, they forecast.
In the next couple of years, 93.26 per cent of Bangalore will be covered by concrete structures and the city will be dead by then, according to Dr TV Ramachandra, one of the scientists who conducted the study.
Unsurprisingly, not just Bangalore but other Indian cities are also fast-becoming un-inhabitable. Trees are mindlessly felled for skyscrapers, water bodies are fast disappearing, and temperature is going up. And this has contributed to and accelerated global warming. But authorities are still in the hybernation mode.
“Over the span of last 34 years, there has been a 1,005 per cent increase in concrete area in Bangalore. Nearly 88 per cent of vegetation and 79 per cent of water bodies are lost. This year saw record summer temperature. If this trend continues, there will be only 5 per cent green cover by 2020,” says Abishek Thomas, Director of Natura Greentech.
“The only option left in front of us is to utilise available spaces and structures to replenish greenery, and provide people with possibilities of greenery in limited space. We at Natura can help achieve this goal,” he adds.