Serious concerns have been expressed about flooding in Bangalore and some reasons for this
are encroachment of tanks and lakes by land sharks, lack of drainage and excessive rain. I
have lived here a long time and I recall seeing heavy rains earlier. But I have not seen
such heavy flooding. I think that a major reason for flooding now is that buildings
completely pave surrounding areas and there isnt enough uncovered earth that can
soak up rainwater. The rainwater that cannot seep in through the ground collects on roads.
In my own house, an old one in an old locality, there is some unpaved area and a short
while after rains the water drains off. I think GT should discuss old building styles and
traditions and ones that are followed today.
Many feel that 2005 is the date for Peak Oil and per capita
availability will continue to fall. So there is an urgent need for a change in the style
of living. We should be slowly moving towards a world that will be bicycle-powered, solar
and wind-powered instead of one powered with combustion fuel. Where agriculture will be
more oriented to natural fertiliser rather than petro-based. I think this topic will make
an interesting read if GT decides to explore it.
Prof J G Krishnayya, Directo
Systems Research Institute,
On October 23, 2005, I asked you about ways to decrease
hardness of ground water. My question was answered in the November 30, 2005 issue of GT.
Now based on your recommendations Im trying to design a simple ion-exchanger, which
can be used domestically. Thank you so much.
Indians need to know about the importance of sustainable
development and a sound ecosystem. GT has been making positive and consistent efforts in
this direction. But your effort to sensitise reaches limited English-literate people. What
about the masses who live in the rural and semi urban areas? As far as I know neither GT
nor DTE is published in Indian regional languages and I think that they should be, so that
more people can read these magazines.
Ambuja Cement Foundation
While I was working on the conservation of Indian wolf and
the ecology of migratory birds I realised that there needs to be a change the mindset of
people. So I decided to work in a school. Since Environment Studies has been introduced
recently we would welcome interaction from CSE to gear up our young environment messengers
who will make a difference in their social environment.
Reema Pant, Academician
Welham Boys School