Located in southern state of Karnataka in India, the city I have seen since my childhood is very fascinating to me. I started thinking how people live in such a crowded polluted city, yet try to get some relief from the chaotic life. I am trying to understand why people call the city, ‘The city of Gardens’. One thing is for sure the city is very lively. I see more and more concrete sky scrapers every time I visit. The more the office buildings the more vehicles on the streets. I am so amazed how people live amidst of all these hustle and bustle.
I have seen few gardens here and there apart from Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park, which adds to the beauty of the city. Yet it still does not justify the name. During my recent visit to the city I noticed more trees have been cut to build and expand the new metro train. No wonder once the air conditioned city now feels like living in a boiling pan.
Bangalore has more national and multi national IT firms than rest of India. People are migrating from all over especially from other parts of the country, because it is the Silicon Valley of India. More housing complex were built to accommodate the booming population degrading the environment and eroding the green space. Despite all this the city is attracting more people including NRIs who have either quit there jobs or took a transfer. I cannot believe the government of Karnataka is giving a blind eye to this problem and has made little effort to add parks or solve the traffic congestion, contributing to more squalor and worsened air quality.
The political situation is compounding problems since people don’t follow rules and this adds further chaos and the problem is deteriorating everyday. I visited a park on our way back from Savadatti near river malaprabha in Belgaum district. It was a serene place but the park was not at all clean. Similarly there are some beautiful lakes in Bangalore too but the surrounding is filled with squalor. There is beautiful lake in J.P. Nagar called Puttena Halli Kere. I saw lots of weed and trash around the lake, If the city takes interests to clean the lake and changes the surrounding into a beautiful park it could be a serene relaxing place and it can be converted into a nice boating resort.
Even though efforts are being made to keep the city clean, the awareness is still not there yet. If people and government come together to keep clean and maintain more such parks, lakes including the city itself, Bangalore can live up to its title, ‘ The City of Gardens’.