A demand for smarter roads

“Bangalore is not a garden city any more!” is a common refrain that I have been hearing for over 3 years. It is definitely not the cool town that we had visited a few times during summer in the mid 1980’s, escaping the scorching Chennai heat. (Apparently, it was still a pleasant place when my husband started his career here over a decade ago). This situation reminds me of the song Ayyayyo Bengaluru lamenting this city’s deterioration rendered during the first edition of Namma Jathre (Freedom Festival) in Cubbon Park in 2006.

So what are the reasons for this live example of climate change? Well, it is primarily because the BBMP is periodically felling trees in large numbers to widen roads and build flyovers. This will supposedly ease traffic congestion but most Bangaloreans think otherwise. For, we have been seeing it contribute to the immense degeneration of the city’s public spaces and greenery instead!

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