Bengaluru is a city with many facets. The Venue for the latest edition of World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 is famous for many reasons, allowing the city to be known by many monikers. Be it as Silicon Valley of India, for its IT fame, or in the past as Garden City, for its many sprawling gardens, and tree lined boulevards and avenues, or as a pensioners’ paradise.
Recent surge in immigration, and population explosion caused due to it has put a heavy strain on the city. It is fast losing its lakes, its gardens, and its trees. One can easily spot the Garden City fast turning into a Granite City.
With a population growth from around 5 million in 2001, to over 12 million as per some estimates today, Bangalore is facing some of the biggest challenges in preserving its nature, environment, and natural resources, like lakes, trees etc.
Faced with the dilemma of choosing between urbanization and infrastructure development, against the backdrop of concerns about rising pollution levels, temperatures within the city, traffic, and general deterioration of standard of living within the city, Bangalore is truly a significantly loud example of unsustainable growth that needs tackling.
To this end, it is almost poetic, to choose Bengaluru as the venue for WGIC 2018, this June. Before you see why, let’s explore the story of Bengaluru a bit further.
Bengaluru was once a laid back mega town where pensioners from all across the country use to come, to settle down and spend a quiet retirement in a city, with fairly moderate weather all through the year, greenery everywhere, and clean air to breathe. Bengaluru of yesteryears, many old residents of the city will tell you, was a quiet, quaint town, with a slow pace, and rich nature.
Read more about the old Bengaluru experiences here.
Bengaluru has been blessed with no extremities in its weather conditions, and rainfall. This has been a perfect spot to develop an urban ecosystem, where about a million or more residents used to live in a fairly large city, with wide tree lined avenues, lakes, gardens, reservoirs, and general picturesque locale. Bengaluru lifestyle has always been of fairly simplified ease, and slow pace. Bengaluru used to be a popular summer vacation destination, for many in South India, to experience Ootacamund like proximity to nature, while enjoying the perks and awes of a cosmopolitan society.
Ever since the advent of IT Revolution within the country, and especially in Bengaluru, the city has transformed from a quiet large town, into the fifth largest cosmopolitan city in the country. And such rapid and exponential growth in economy and industry of the city, of course, has had its own direct and indirect consequences.
To support the needs of a rapidly growing city, Bengaluru has been working on connecting its corners with a modern Metro system. Namma Metro, ever since its inception, is a project, that is all set to connect different suburbs and central districts for better commuting between residential and commercial parts of the city.
IT Parks like Manyata Tech Park, Electronic City, EGL, etc., form the backbone of the city’s strong IT fueled economy. Construction of these Tech Parks has transformed Bengaluru from being a quiet pensioners’ retirement town, to a fast paced competitive powerhouse of the country.
Providing supporting infrastructure for inner city and inter-city travel has been one of the biggest challenges Bengaluru has faced, due to population of the city more than doubling within a matter of a decade. The quick need to meet the rising infrastructural challenges has led to considerable Green Cover loss in the city.
Due to many overlapping reasons, Bengaluru has faced severe strain not just on its aesthetics, but also on its health as a city, due to heavy population rise, and less than ideal Urban Planning. The city is fast becoming a Granite City.
Bengaluru is struggling to maintain its Green Cover, and its old monikers, which every Bengalurean is proud of!
Here are a few pictures to describe the present day view of what’s changing in the city, in the past 20 years:
Green Infrastructure is just the need of the hour, here in Bengaluru! To keep moving forward, and making progress, while also starting to repair the damage caused by the meteoric growth of the city, Green Urban Infrastructure, Waste Management, Greening Technologies, and Water Management are the need of the hour!
And WGIC 2018’s agenda is just that! Could there be a better venue for the Academic deliberations than this?
If you are a Bangalorean, or if you happen to agree on the idea that Green Infrastructure tackles the challenges on developing cities, like Bengaluru, then you should be a part of the Conference.
Read more about the Conference, and buy your ticket here.
Join us at WGIC 2018, and let us build a sustainable green future together.