Bengaluru is among the top Indian cities with extreme levels of artificial lighting. These lights affect vital activities such as migration, foraging, reproduction and survival of the living beings around us.
Bengaluru’s sex workers didn’t get ration kits or financial aid during the lockdown despite government’s promises. Stigma, absence of a cohesive community, lack of documents, etc., have prevented them from accessing support.
Bengaluru lakes once offered a buffet of greens and fish to those in the neighbourhood. The trees around lakes yielded fruits and seeds that could be either devoured or sold in the markets. But pollution and flawed rejuvenation projects have stopped local communities from accessing lakes.
Slender lorises were commonly spotted in Bengaluru once, but with widespread tree felling, they are now cornered into isolated patches like IISc. Further tree loss is threatening the survival of the small population that remains now.
The example of Outer Ring Road shows that rapid, unplanned development can defeat the purpose of a ring road. Without land use regulations, the same is likely to happen in the case of the upcoming PRR.
On September 23, a public consultation will be held on the environmental impacts of the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR). What are these impacts? And is the project likely to reduce traffic congestion in the city at all? Here’s an explainer.