Degradation of Bangalore Lakes

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The effluent of the affluent

Bangalore, the silicon valley of India, has seen unprecedented growth of the IT industry in the last 12 to 15 years. This meant large scale influx of talent pool into the city taking a toll on the infrastructure, which was not growing at any pace, let alone at the same pace. Private builders stated building exclusive software parks for IT companies and apartments targeted at the IT workers and one such case is discussed in this paper.

Bagmane builders started construction of Bagmane Technology Park in the year 2001 in a 30 acre land in the periphery of Bangalore for various companies like Iflex technologies, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Samsung and Hewlett Packard. The construction land was in a marshy place with relatively small lakes all around. With the techpark poised to employ more than fifteen thousand well paid techies in the technology sector by 2005, a series of small time builders started building apartment complexes in the adjoining village by the name Kaggadasapura. Agricultural land of the village was sold by farmers attracted by quick money. The village of Kaggadasapura, with a few kutcha roads soon saw an unplanned growth of apartments with absolutely no civic amenities like water supply, sewage disposal system or proper road side drains. The apartment builders dug bore wells for water. The untreated sewage of all the apartments, which account for more than 6000 families, was conveniently let into the nearby 82 acre Kaggadasapura Lake! A look at the demography of the residents of Kaggadasapura reveals that a vast majority living there are professionals, upper middle class and at least a graduate. It is difficult to phantom the dichotomy that is evident in the residents of this place. They have seen the world more than most of their fellow citizens; they have access to all the knowledge under the sun, are considered to be in the civilized strata of the society and yet are blind to this blatant abuse of nature by...
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