The word pollution tends to hit the mark of being a euphemism for planetary poison. Suffering as our world is, some cities in the world are especially riddled with pollution. In a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) establishing the 10 most polluted cities in the world, 9 are from India. Bangalore does not feature on this list. However, the alarming rise in air and water pollution (emphasis on the former), as well as the loss of drinking water due to ill management of our freshwater resources, leaves every Bangalorean deeply concerned. The problem is that Bangalore is making its way to that list, and it’s happening fast. Vehicular emissions and burning of waste contribute to 25% of the pollution in our air, the rest is by construction dust, brightly outlining the overseen consequences of rapid urban development. The former garden city’s air pollution index is 82.10 (listed as “Very High”) and is expected to reach 146.11 at some point. Bangalore is also likely to be the third city to run out of the water, right after Cape Town and São Paulo, as per a BBC report last February. We can see these changes happening right next to our very own school, where we get to witness, first hand, a lake with extremely polluted and visible segments. Now, it may be easy to see why Bangalore is facing a lot of trouble environmentally, but it’s never too late for some much-needed change.
SANJEET PANIGRAHI (G9)