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'Bengaluru will be dead in another 5 years, thanks to reckless growth'

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Bengaluru, May 3: Reckless urbanisation and real-estate development have put Bengaluru's life expectancy under a serious threat, a study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has revealed recently.

Numbers suggest that while the built-up area in the IT hub has grown by 525 per cent in the last four decades, the vegetation has seen a 78 per cent decline. Besides, the water bodies, too, have been damaged to an equal extent.

Fishes found dead in Ulsoor Lake, Bengaluru

Prof T V Ramachandra of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, told the Deccan chronicle that as a result of the unplanned urbanisation, Bengaluru will cease to be a liveable city in the next half-a-decade.

Urban experts feel it is the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) which is responsible for this rapid decline in Bengaluru's health. They feel the BDA has become a felicitator of land dealings for the benefit of corrupt politicians.

Others have blamed the government, saying the latter has failed to see the future implications of the reckless growth. They alleged that land is being exploited on the whims and fancies of politicians.

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