Do it yourself: How to kill a City in 53 easy steps

Future historians looking for solid, incontrovertible evidence on how a mentally challenged civilisation which couldn’t think beyond its arse, nose or purse, killed a fine City, need look no further than IT Halli,  Bengaloor.

On Wednesday, the sadomasochists began chopping the legs of the capital of the “knowledge hub of Asia” to construct an underpass at Tagore Circle in Basavangudi. Those who missed the macabre sight, can breathe easy: 52 more will such murders will take place in broad daylight in the next few days. Book your seat.

As the writer Paul Theroux, returning to the City he had passed through 35 years earlier, wrote in 2008:

“The proud, tidy, tree-shaded town of the recent past was now a huge, unfinished and deforested City sagging under its dubious improvements, where it was impossible to walk without falling into an open manhole or newly dug ditch. Most of the sidewalks had been torn up and the trees cut down in the interest of street-widening. The bypass roads and flyovers were all under construction, wearing a crumbled and abandoned look, and the skinny men working on them, poking the clods of earth with small shovels, suggested they’d never be completed.”

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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29 Responses to “Do it yourself: How to kill a City in 53 easy steps”

  1. rainwaterharvesting Says:

    120 % proof v/v idiots…no doubt on that one…
    when a civilisation goes mad , it starts eating its own flesh…

  2. Pramod Says:

    “Vinashakaale Vipareetabuddihi”!

  3. Complex Says:

    All because some contractor wants to make money out of our money.

  4. Arun Says:

    Yes, sad.

    But I wouldnt worry about Theroux and his comments (skinny men??) All the more if you read his comments about Bangalore, and also Chennai, in the same book… Well he also says India is too populous to survive, all the time, in the same book.

  5. ERR Says:

    They also want to kill trees to build a war memorial in Bangalore.Who says you can’t have a war memorial amidst trees or making trees part of the memorial? The Rajyasabha M.P. is hell bent on chopping the trees there…

  6. vindy Says:

    cry my city , cry

  7. Jaya Says:

    How can the corporation not see the damage they are causing?There is absolutely no thinking of the future..we need a flyover and we will get it done, who cares about what repercussions it will cause 10 years from now?

  8. Sanday Says:

    This is one of the consequences of our exploding population. It’s time to identify the root cause. People who produce human babies should realise that they are fu****g up this planet or fu***ing their own mother.

  9. Arrow Says:

    I still remember the footpaths on this road which were so wide not very long ago. Trees were felled on the pretext of widening the road and now in the for underpass. Mindless violence against nature.

    Same was the case down Vanivilas and North road. Beautiful tree laden road with wide footpaths now nohting reamins instead an ugly sparsely used flyover. Next what? plan next batch for a Metro expansion??

  10. C Says:

    I do fear for the future of Bangalore, my hometown. It seems that the one thing our nation lacks is the one thing in yesteryear that we used to be proud of – wisdom.

  11. Anush Shetty Says:

    Is there any way out of this mess? Why is BBMP acting like this? Tree Cutting is clearly influenced by Timber mafia in Bangalore. There has been non-stop tree felling for one reason or the other since the last 2 years.

  12. Jaya Says:

    I used to be in Basavangudi during my student days, there used to be a big park next to Tagore circle opposite Theosophical society, MRK park, is it still there? I was a student of the Govt. girls school at the corner opp the Taxi stand. We used to play around in Tagore circle bare foot in our two piece dress langa and shirt. Once I left my books on the Kallu bencu and picked it up the next day from a taxi driver. Once I turned the flag on the taxi meter and got scolded. I came from a lower middle class family and my friends would share their snacks with me, we used to sit in the Tagore circle. I have not been to Bangalore for over 40 yrs. Is it as beautiful as it was then, lot of trees, parks? Bi-chance I came upon this site and was saddened to the chopped tree and many more to follow. There are no people living in Basavangudi?? Go and hug the trees and prevent the trees from being cut. There is no point in telling that trees are being cut. Prevent it. We in India protest for every thing but not for a good cause.
    DO SOMETHING EARLY to save Basavangudi.

  13. Kamal Gopinath Says:

    It is a very sad spectacle. So much for the urbanites opting for BJP.They preach being green and pro-environment but practice ruthless mining and mindless construction. And all this under the stewardship of ‘raithana maga’ B S Yediyurappa. Pathetic!

  14. Sagar Says:

    It is unbearably sad that such is the definition of progress in our metros. Maybe only a severe jolt will shake us out of this mindset. Nature will take its course; are we up to only time will tell.

  15. DailyBread Says:

    Usual, upper middle class boiler plate whining. People who are migrating to Bangalore from other parts of Karnataka are not here to enjoy the beauty; they are here to earn a livelihood. We want more roads and lesser commute time. Thank you.

  16. Faldo Says:

    In several cities, citizen’s task forces have tried different methods to stop felling of trees. If nothing else, attempts should be made that this cutting does not happen indiscriminately. If it is inevitable, adequate measures to compensate the felling by planting several trees in an alternate location should be enforced.
    I saw this link posted not too long ago.
    http://bangalore.metblogs.com/2009/09/16/how-to-stop-indiscriminate-cutting-of-trees-in-bangalore/

  17. Wide Angle Says:

    52 trees. Now that’s very sad.

  18. harkol Says:

    This crib about trees being cut is non-sensical.

    Cities are becoming unbearable, and the only way forward is to have wider roads and better civic infrastructure. Better planning can go a long way, but what about places that have already grown without planning? Leave them to die a natural death?

    Trees are important, so are animals like cows and religious places. That doesn’t mean we have to have either in the middle of our roads, causing impediment to smooth traffic.

    We could plant trees elsewhere, moving cities is more difficult.

  19. Somebody Says:

    Like Deshadrohis, they are rajya drohis, nagara drohis. ಹಿಂದಿನ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜರು ಇಷ್ಟು ಕೆರೆ ಬಾವಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಸಿದರು, ಸಾಲುಮರಗಳನ್ನು ನೆಡೆಸಿದರು ಅಂತ ಓದುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಮುಂದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳು ಎಸ್ತು ಕೆರೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮುಚ್ಚಿಸಿದರು ಎಷ್ಟು ಮರಗಳನ್ನು ಕಡಿಸಿದರು, ಹೀಗಿಯೇ ಎಷ್ಟು ಸುಂದರ ನಗರಗಳನ್ನು ನಾಶ ಮಾಡಿದರು ಅಂತ ಓದಬಹುದು….
    Dailybread, fine. You go on earning and earning. You won’t be able to spend anything. The city is not just for you selfish migratory birds. And it is not the story of only Bangalore. Such things are happening everywhere in the country. Bangalore or any other city for that matter is not toilet paper. The next generation will curse people like you.

  20. Doddi Buddi Says:

    One can hardly blame the BJP for cutting down trees when even the erudite VCs seem to be equally moronic. Witness the case of Mysore VC, Economics Prof Madaiah who singlehandedly destroyed the University campus with his ‘vision’. After all, BJP is full of uneducated morons, taluk office clerk who is now heading its government, clueless HM, robber mining-barons, humbugs, rent-a-crowd activists and so on. Widening the road is important but we have no civic sense of going about it in an educated way!

    Since BJP is surely going to lose the next state elections one can safely assume UPA will lose central elections! That my friend is the trick played by the Kannadigas on themselves–always electing the wrong party at the Centre.

  21. DailyBread Says:

    “The next generation will curse people like you”

    Thank you for the good wishes….

    Please move the capital of Karnataka lock, stock & barrel to Yadagir. Build the infrastructure there. For your kind information no body will protest against cutting of trees, because there are no trees to cut in that area.

    Once the capital moves out of Bangalore, you can have your trees forever. Like what happens in Yadagir now, not even in an inch of new road will be laid in next 100 years in Bangalore city.

  22. DailyBread Says:

    “We could plant trees elsewhere”

    Any new tree we plant should be a fruit bearing tree.

    Indira Gandhi’s 20 point program blessed our area (North Karnataka) with trees like Subabul (sarkari gida) & Eucalyptus trees. If we had planted local fruit bearing trees, aam admi could have enjoyed an aam in 46 degree heat. Aam this year has become very khas….

  23. Complex Says:

    @Dailybread:
    I agree with your point that the commute time is more important than the trees.

    But, what if you can have the same commute time without cutting the trees indiscriminately. Mostly because of corruption and inefficiency of bureaucracy we are losing trees.

  24. Goldstar Says:

    @DailyBread,

    Yesterday I saw traffic jam at the Silkboard – BTM 100 feet road. 1 km long traffic ; 5-6 buses ; and easily 300-400 cars. The ratio of Public transport usage to private is alarming.

    The problem is not narrow roads but it is inefficient use of road space. The solution is easy:
    a. Privatise public transport. Use mini-buses, vans etc for last-mile connectivity. Simply adding volvo buses is not a solution unless last-mile connectivity, frequency and reliability problems are solved.

    b. Incentivise use of public transport by taxing car usage heavily.

    There is no other option than better public transport (in the form of buses, not inaccessible and costly metro trains).

  25. harkol Says:

    Goldstar:
    >b. Incentivise use of public transport by taxing car usage heavily.

    I agree with taxing Car usage, but incentive for public-transport?

    Not going to happen. The problem with public transport is, it can’t cover all parts of a city like Bangalore. There will be pockets where you’d have to walk a km or two just to get to a bus.

    So, If you tax Car heavily, people will fall back on Bikes. Not a bad thing to do, except – Bikes are inherently more dangerous when there is mixed traffic of heavy vehicles and two-wheelers.

    Best alternative – mandate usage of either public transport and car pooling (2 or more per car). If you are alone then you must be in a smallest possible car (something of the size of reva) or a Bike. This will bring down the amount of space consumed by cars on road, and promote more fuel efficient micro-cars and bikes.

    In fact, if India can’t build roads, best alternative is to restrict the car sizes within cities along with Peak hour toll on congested roads to distribute traffic to non-peak hours.

    ***

    Dailybread:
    >Any new tree we plant should be a fruit bearing tree.

    That’s such an intutive and wonderful Idea. Makes me wonder, why BDA always plants useless trees on the roads..

  26. Faldo Says:

    @Dailybread, @Harkol – The ‘aam’ for aam admi idea may seem nice though I assume you were just trying to be funny.
    While it might seem like a great idea to plant fruit trees everywhere, it would also attract monkeys and other animals to various parts of the cities. Worse, it could lead to ‘fruit’ wars between people or fruit mafias controlling the fruit trees and may require the government to regulate or guard these trees. Possibly a case of the solution becoming bigger than the problem. I’m no biologist but I believe other trees like flowering trees or shady trees too have their value in decorating, providing greenery and attracting rainfall to a region.

  27. DailyBread Says:

    Faldo,

    I know monoculture is bad, but I too don’t know why govt. folks do not plant local trees which are useful. Bangalore is full of firang variety flower trees and you might have heard about hotte, hittu, juttu, etc. I can understand colonial masters contempt for the native plant varieties but what prevents us from planting something which will be useful for the next generation.

    Imagine neighborhood BDA maavin thota, Hunise thota, Halasina thota, million trees, billion fruits. Parks & horticulture dept. can be converted to profit centers.

    Complex & Goldstar,

    If you ask me this city requires more elevators(lifts) and less crossu, mainu, 5×10, 15×20, 30×40, 40×60,etc size plots where access roads consume most of the available space ( and parked cars occupy 50% of the roads 24×7)

  28. Goldstar Says:

    DailyBread,

    “If you ask me this city requires more elevators(lifts) and less crossu, mainu, 5×10, 15×20, 30×40, 40×60….”

    I agree. The city has to scaleup and not horizontally. For a city which is growing at a rate of 4 lakh people every year, individual plots are criminal waste of space. Only vertical growth can save our city as this will create a lot of space for trees, and parks and also create the necessary economy of scale for private-public transport.

  29. Faldo Says:

    @Dailybread (Daily Fruit :)- I agree that locally available trees should be planted. I used to feel really proud of namma ooru in the past decades for having such a nice tree cover on almost every street. With a growing population and consequently heavier traffic requiring the roads to be widened, while it might not be feasible to have trees all over but there could be some designated areas in every locality where trees can be planted.
    Also, there is no question that vertical growth would help to a great extent. Along with the other suggestions, there is a crying need to build paid multi storeyed parking centers.

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