CAUSES - Development vs Disaster

In India alone, there’s been a tremendous loss of natural habitat on the name of development. Rapid urbanization has been instrumental in furthering the decline of the green cover of this planet.

Across the globe, there’s a rush among countries to be the most developed. While this is a good thing theoretically, in practical terms it is leading the world to an ecological disaster. Rapid urbanization has been instrumental in furthering the decline of the green cover of this planet.

In India alone, there’s been a tremendous loss of natural habitat on the name of development.  A 2013 report suggests that green cover equal to almost 23% of Delhi was lost in the last 13 years. This had a very bad effect on the quality of air in the NCR, and the High Court had to force the government to undertake a massive plantation drive. While the air quality in the capital is said to be notably better now, the problem should not have arisen in the first place.

Down South, Bangalore is said to have lost around 66% of its green cover in the last 40 years. While the figures may not be accurate, they do point towards the enormity of the issue and the lack of effort to do something towards it. The recent Chennai floodswere as much a man -made disaster as a natural one.  The bypass connecting NH45 to NH4 is said to have blocked the east flowing drainage which resulted in areas like Anna Nagar, Porur, Vanagaram, etc. being flooded.

Across the length and breadth of the country, trees aren’t just being felled, but uprooted to make space for roads and buildings. Hills are being blasted off the surface to make space for airports, like the New Mumbai one. The hitherto green city of Mumbai is fast catching up with Delhi and Gurgaon in terms of construction and related dust.

Kolkata which never compared favorably with other cities now has a green cover of only 5%, say experts. The quality of air in the city is naturally affected. And unless steps are taken to rectify the situation, the city which has already seen a huge loss in terms of biodiversity, will soon become uninhabitable.

While there is no denying the fact that infrastructure needs to be developed for overall development, doing so at the cost of the green cover of the country is going to have serious impact. Floods and landslides are more frequent now than ever before. And yet, this is just the beginning. Simple lobbying by a handful of environment groups will not do the trick; the effort has to come from one and all.

At SHRI, we believe in futuristic planning and all our townships have underground drainage, underground cables, recreation centers like swimming pools, club houses, coffee clubs, tennis courts and lush-green parks.