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Study: Bengaluru To Be Water-Scarce And Unliveable by 2020

Startling conditions point towards an incredibly bleak future for India's IT capital.
A paper by T V Ramachandra and Bharath H Aithal, scientists from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, warns that if current practices continue, Karnataka's capital city will be unliveable by 2020.

"Bengaluru would witness 93 percent of urban cover and only 7 percent of open spaces and green cover in 2020. This would make the region GHG-rich, water-scarce, non-resilient and unliveable, depriving the city dwellers of clean air, water and environment," the study says.

According to Deccan Herald, Bengaluru has seen 1,005 percent increase in paved surfaces from 1973 to 2016 and 98 percent of the city's lakes have been encroached upon by illegal buildings—90 percent of which are sewage-fed, according to the field studies of 105 lakes in 2015–16.

There has also been a dramatic increase in air pollution and a sharp decrease in the region's water table, all pointing towards an incredibly bleak future for India's IT capital.

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