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Terrorism on Mother Earth
Lakshmi | 03 Dec 2008

The construction of high rise buildings and cutting down of trees is another form of terrorism.

 

TERRORISM  AGAINST  MOTHER EARTH                 

The construction of high rise buildings and cutting down of trees is another form of terrorism.
Lakshmi


Constructions....constructions...constructions, here, there and everywhere.
This madness to build these huge, multistoreyed buildings can be seen everywhere – from small towns to small cities , big cities and to the metros--- a concrete jungle.
When I went to Bombay last year, after more than ten years , these high rise buildings made my head reel.  I had to really bend backwards to look at the top floor.  And those tall buildings in the slum areas, they look like matchboxes stacked upon each other. They looked as if they would fall at the first gust of wind.
 I don't know about big cities- maybe lack of space and increasing population has led to the construction of these monstrosities. I am reminded of a science fiction story where earth was covered with buildings and open spaces were only found in remote areas.
But what about smaller places?  
Places like Mangalore, Udupi and Manipal.
Wherever you look you see these buildings coming up.
Someone was hoping that the balance of Earth would not change!  Because all over, hills were being flattened and valleys were being covered up.
Over the past few years so many apartments have come up in Manipal that it is very sad.
Some are ten floors high and with more than fifty houses.
WHO GIVES THEM PERMISSION TO DO THIS?
WHERE DOES ALL THE MONEY COME FROM?
All of them have their own borewells and each going deeper than the other.
And the frightening is that  the WATER SOURCE IS THE SAME.
How long will the water last?
Has anyone looked into the drainage system?  These buildings have pits and there is no centralised drainage system.  I don't know.  We will come to know the after effects only after some years and then it will be too late.
Is this also not a form of terrorism?    Against Mother Earth?
All the beautiful trees are being cut down.
The foundation of the buildings go deep down into the earth.
It is as if Mother Earth is being killed inch  by inch.
This building process has not stopped-  it is going on and on- supported by the rich, the powerful and the influential.   Someone was saying that permission is given only for four floors.
Then how do those extra floors get built?
Definitely money must be passing hands.
What are the politicians doing?
 They are supposed to look after the welfare of the state.                                                        
 I suppose looking after their own welfare.
People who are giving permission for such constructions are just not bothered-
 they are getting money, so why bother?                                                                                            Looking at all this I sometimes feel that it is the beginning of the End.