Some recent events in the past week in India were – Burning down of the “Mantralaya”. Mantralaya is the administrative headquarters of the state government of Maharashtra in South Mumbai, built in 1955; it houses the offices of the MLA’s of Maharashtra including the Chief Minister. It is said that 75% of fire caused in Mumbai are due to electrical short circuits. To find post investigation, that the Assembly had illegal construction and had violated all fire norms leading to the recent fire disaster is most sobering as it is a telling report on the governance in India.
In India Illegal is so common place that it is difficult to know if that itself is the actual Law or not. The mind & soul of almost all Indians have become immune to corruption, those who indulge in it and also those who suffer the corruption. Apathy of the Governing class has almost reached the zenith and this would likely to have a direct bearing, not only on the growth of our Economy but is also detrimental to Sustainable Living. And thus has a direct bearing to the destruction of the Ecosystem.
How are corruption and sustainable living co-related? How does the common person understand the effect of corruption and bad governance? Below are some thoughts, which will help readers deduce more such situations –
1. When one travels bumper to bumper in peak office hours,two things happen.
a] The mileage of any vehicle goes for a toss. So the common person is spending more than norm in way of added fuel and maintenance of self (hyper-tension; road rage) and the auto-mobile. It also has a direct bearing on inflating cost of goods and commodity.
b] The pollution level rises, with long term effect on the City and contributes to the Global warming & Climate change significantly.
Urban planning usually involves experts who take into account the growth of a city from all possible demographic angles. A city or town must be planned perfect; one can read more in these two articles – Urban Development Rules: How C40 -City rules can make a difference for India. Sustainable Cities – Why town planning is important. As what I wrote in these are but a continuation to the argument I am putting here.
An indecent is happening in Pune, Maharashtra. As reported in the DNA News paper in detail “A residential complex in Kakade City spread over 1 lakh sq mt in Hingne area, Pune, enjoyed many concessions which could put the neighbourhood in danger. Documents procured by DNA under the RTI Act show that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) shifted the alignment of a road under development plan (DP) and turned a blind eye to what could have been an illegal encroachment on a nullah in the area.”
While it is the responsibility of the state to provide employment & business opportunity to all; but by not creating proper infrastructure and maintaining strict laws which should govern utility and facilities & services in a city, encroachment occur on to the public spaces. Violation of Development Laws, which earmark areas as no construction zone, such as catchment areas, natural drainage ( “nullas”) which can not be seen, but via satellite imagery; and allowing illegal construction lead to events such as flooding. The above news today resonate what was told few months back via this article Bangkok floods – Next, New Delhi ? We keep repeating mistakes which have already proven costly.
The World today does not have the time to recover from the errors we have already made and its mitigation is of prime importance. But that can not be possible unless direct co-relation between a young couple buying an apartment, lets say in the area of Pune mentioned above; thus encouraging more such illegal and unsustainable development is made and most importantly communicated to them. The common person must become aware and angry, if this world needs to survive.
Whenever the common man turn a blind eye to an open and abandoned bore-well ; the likes of 5yr old Mahi to die, 70 feet under the ground, close to her home while playing. While we all know about food waste, little thought is given that by having uncontrolled Urban sprawl we are creating a food crisis, as reported by UN which will lead to famine.
Corruption is slowly leading civilisation to Extinction, its time to understand that the laws of Sustainable Living, is all encompassing and not just passing laws to limit GHG emission here or planting a few trees or building a small clutch of energy efficient buildings. And neither is it limited to failure or success of a UNFCCC meet.