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Bengaluru to be unlivable by 2025, says research paper

Rachel Dammala;

Here’s bad news for India’s technology hub: A research paper published in ‘Current Science’ says Bengaluru will become uninhabitable by 2025.
The grim picture has been painted by researchers  T.V. Ramachandra, an ecological scientist from the Indian Institute of Science, and Bharath H. Aithal from IIT, Kharagpur.
The paper says the causes for their inference are: Depletion of natural resources, disappearing lakes, increased carbon footprint, among other reasons.
Aithal informed The Observer: “We live on a hill (a reference to the height at which Bengaluru is located) and need to pump water up. For that, we need electricity and have no surplus of that. Even if we source water from other rivers, that will suffice for not more than three years. The cost of living in Bengaluru is very high. Basic amenities like water, electricity and shelter are not at their best, and Bengaluru’s population is going up by 5% every year. In a few years, we will make it a dead city.”
Asked if there’s anything that can be done to save the situation, he replied: “First, we need to decongest Bengaluru. Why do we need everything in Bengaluru? We need to divert talent to Mysuru and other cities. Second, we need to bring back our natural drainage systems. Third, we need to expand the Metro and means of public transport to every nook and corner…. This is will help bring down air pollution and make places like Majestic and others less crowded.”
“Political will alone can help achieve this. People need more basic amenities, not free WiFi. If other countries can do it, why can’t Bengaluru?” the researchers added.
Two citizens The Observer spoke with had a different take on this.
Akshita Rajendra, a nutritionist, said “Even if the city becomes unlivable, neither the people of Bengaluru nor the migrants will leave the place, because it is us that ask for better infrastructure and complain later. I will wear a mask and travel, but not leave the city.” Using public transport will help undo some damage.
Another Bengalurean and IT professional, Pratyusha Apidepally, concurred with Rajendra. “Cabs sure are very convenient…, but it is they that add to pollution. Using public transport will help curb further deterioration.
Asked what went wrong with Bengaluru’s growth while other metros are doing better, she explained “The planners should also keep in mind another 50-60 years and the consequences their plans can bring about.”
While scientists and environmentalists believe Bengaluru is going downhill, it is for governments and the people to arrest the decline.