60,000 Acres needed for five townships…

Grrrrrr, the news in Indian express just shivered my spine… The same feeling I had when I used to travel from marathalli to whitefiled and saw a cement forest grooming full, the housing projects with thousands of apartments ….only one thing came to my mind and that was all these folks who will come and stay here are going to eat up the same resources ( the two lane railway bridge) that few lacs are sharing currently…. imagine all those apartments with one of two cars will also move the same time from the bridge that is clogged currently…

Simple mathematics, what rate are we adding these dwellings? What rate are we adding the power, water and roads to support this? Why are our chief ministers ( from our and neighboring states) selling these propositions only to the realty folks and not to the PPP’s which can build more resources like ..Power i.e. electricity, Wind energy, Water management with rain water harvesting, Solid waste management and many more essentials we are still reactively, partially and thus barely manage to provide for our city? Is anyone thinking about it?

6 Comments so far

  1. VS (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    Rajesh, aren’t you also one of the people who came from outside and are eating up the very resources that you mention in your beautiful post? :)

  2. SV (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    @VS …. Yeah, isnt it? Strange but true. So, its time for you to go back to your village, then! Don’t come back!

  3. Prashanth (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

    The thinking behind the townships is to develop them as self-sutaining centres in most ways, ie msot people residing in them need’nt come to Bangalore for work or play.

    As far as I know, Rain Water Harvesting is now Compulsory and it should give a relief to those worried about drain of water.

    One of the reasons for the huge number of appartments coming up is Cheap (not nowadays though comparitively still cheap) Finance and also the fact that most people in India still reside in the Rural Areas and as prosperity (or even Poverty for that matter) increases, they tend to look to the big towns for work.

    Yes, all these things will hit hard on the Infrastructure, but then again, a little early planning can avoid such things.


  4. silkboard (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    Easy folks. Rajesh isn’t cribbing about the so called “outsiders”, don’t put words in his mouth. He is just worried and wondering if the planners are planning for adequate resources, amenities and infrastructure too when drawing up the new cities.

    Rajesh, looks like they do. Remember that PIL I was thinking of on similar lines? Doing some basic research showed me that it is not as easy to prove that government does not plan for commensurate infrastructure. they do. What happens on the ground may not be satisfactory, but proving that is another thing.

    I have not yet given up the PIL thing, but need folks to help, especially a lawyer. If readers here are interested, mail me at silkboard at gmail dot com.

  5. Rajesh (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 7:00 am

    Hummm, I don’t thing i should work on any the typical introward justifications….

    Born, stayed and suffered in Mumbai for more than 30 yrs, I feel I am looking back the same situation in Bangalore. Most of the mumbai till date is flooded from ‘outsiders’ and been eating up the resources… also the ‘insiders’ are pushed to the outer city limits due to lac of resources, e.g area’s like Girgaum, Dadar etc suffer it the most…

    Also to note that the money making business is Roads and Realty…you name a politician and he would have an active interest in both …

    In Bangalore this situations are alarming when most of the ‘outsiders’ have helped gain major in economical stability and civic disability…you bet!

  6. Arshad (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    I remember having a conversation with one of the marketing guys of the concrete jungle who was selling an apartment to cousin of the traffic problen at that junction. We just did a rough estimate that atleast a minimum of 1000 cars will be entering that whitefield road between 8:30 and 9 AM and she was smiling at that appalling statistics.. they just build thats all.. the rest of us who buy suffers

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