Today's letters

Today's letters

The buzz about Buzz

Sir,

Google's new bid to break into the booming social-networking arena certainly seems promising for the future. People can enjoy the benefit of social networking and e-mail using "Buzz". People would look at using "Buzz" instead of Twitter or Facebook as it would be time-saving and comparitively fast.

It is accessible from mobile phones as well."Buzz" follows up all people we e-mail or chat with and allows us to share content from other sites.Social updates and recommendations to popular sites is another interesting feature."Buzz" certainly looks good for a buzz.

Adarsh Bharadwaj
Thindlu main road,
Vidyaranyapura post,
Bangalore-560097


Pay attention to security aspect

It should undoubtedly be a matter of concern for the Government that the day-to-day living condition of the 'aam aadmi' in Bangalore is becoming increasingly difficult.  Already grappling with the bugbear of most frequent power-cuts, no-solution-in-sight water scarcity, not to speak of the ever increasing prices of essential commodities, the city-dweller is now faced with the growing trend of crime and violence.

 Not a day passes without a burglary or murder or some other lawlessness being reported from different parts of the city.  Focussed as it is on infrastructure development, the Government, it appears, is not paying adequate attention to the security paradigm of Bangalore which, from the days of "Pensioner's Paradise", has grown by leaps and bounds into a great metropolis today.

It is high time that the law enforcing branch of the Government is alive to the ground realities and swung into action to ensure that the hardship of the general public is minimised.

P.P. Sethumadhavan
New Thippasandra P.O.
Bangalore 560 075


Unnatural production

By transferring genes from one organism to another, a number of
genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GM) crops are being
developed that cannot be developed in nature.

 Bt seeds are created by inserting a gene construct containing the toxin producing gene known as Cry1Ac from a naturally occurring soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis
(Bt) into plants. Once the Bt gene starts producing the toxin inside the plant, the plant creates its own toxin to kill the pests. In India, trials for Bt bhindi, Bt tomato, Bt cauliflower, Bt cabbage and Bt rice are under pipe line. Bt brinjal testing began in 2000 and it was cleared for commercial cultivation in 2009.

We have heard repeatedly of the death of sheep and goats, when left to
graze in the Bt cotton fields. First it was reported from Andhra Pradesh
and now newspaper reports say that the same is happening in Orissa.

The problem is that once Bt Brinjal enters the market, there is no way to
distinguish it from the normal ones. Our vegetable vendor will never be
able to sell us the normal Brinjal that we are so used to buying.

Moreover, once the genie is out, there is no way to call it back into the bottle.
Do we want to eat foods that contain genes that produce toxins?

 J. Akshobya
Kanakadasa nagar,
Dattagally,3rd Stage,
Mysore- 570007


Implement RWH

Dead line for implementing the Rain Water Harvesting is approaching and the citizens are  started speculating about the methods and guidelines  to adopt the system as per the guide lines laid by BWSSB, and Karnataka State Council for science and Technology and  other NGO's.

The other day when I visited  Karnataka State Council for science and Technology (KSCST)  with a view to collect more information, the departmental  Head and the staff members were very courteous and provided the necessary information with regards  to Rain Water Harvesting (RWH)., in-fact we were  invited to attend a training session which was in progress and meant for plumbers. It was very interesting and well presented by the committee members and  experts.

 After going through all the details in the materials provided by  KSCT and some discussions I had  with others, the following   clarifications aroused and it needs to be explained. So I request the concerned  authorities and experts to lend their views and suggestions to enlighten  the fallowing difficulties and problems may pose during implementation and utilization .

1. As per the figure  provided in the booklet 'AMRITA VARSHINI. The total average rain fall in Bangaluru is 929mm during Jan to Dec. Total rain days are 57 days. The amount of rain water collected over a plot of 60X 40 ft. is 207074 liters for the whole year. Now let us view the rain fall during monsoon,  that is, during may, June, July, and august . It will be112,80,112 and 139 mm. respectively and the amount of water collected  accordingly will be 24968, 17764, 24923,and 30914 liters . Now the storage capacity of the sump  , even at the minimum level must be 25000 liter capacity. So where is the space, a resident of a plot 60x40 ft ,can think of accommodating an other exclusive sump for rain water..?

2 Let us presume we have collected 25000 liters. How  to preserve this water to supplement our needs during summer water scarcity period from Jan to May. even if we can preserve by any suggested method, it will lost long for a period of  max.20days ( calculated for a family of four ) So  what about for other months..? Again we have to depend on BWSSB water !  One cannot build  a sump of  with a storage capacity of 100000 liter capacity ( calculated on basis water collection  for the period may to July month ). The  above data  is on the basis  rain water collection  on the open plot,  the roof top area will be still less and accordingly the collection will also lower than  the figure mentioned. It is not 100% true that the rain  fall occurs  during Jan- April.  It will be scanty 

3  Now in residential flats. There are numerous flats has been constructed  in  plot of 60x40 and above, so their requirement  is even more than the above figure calculated. So the capacity of storage will increases and poses the same problem

4 The investment part has to be seen as the RWH is made mandatory by the govt. and this paved way to plumbers to make hay by charging to their vim's and fancy rate. So what is control over this by the govt..?

 By  looking at  above advantage and disadvantages, I feel the  RWH should  be taken by the govt on large scale, by building rain water sheds/tank by harnessing the storm drain water in each  extension/locality  and treat the  stored water  and pump it back and earn the revenue . The KSCST in their book-let has clearly suggested, how road side storm water drainage  can be guided to ground water seepage and increase the water bed level. At present, all the storm water drain are guided to sewerage canal . They can even build  a two tire channel for rain water  all along the sewerage drain and divert it to a separate  water shed built at the out skirt of the city and treat it and pump  back to consumer. This can be implemented  in all small cities and big villages and quench the thirst  of millions.

 Regarding Re-cycling of  used water: Now a days, in the developed  countries, they have developed  small recycling plants  for small residence and also big flats, complexes,etc.,  which  recycles the water used for dishwashing, bathing , cloth washing  and the treated water is pumped back  to use for only washing/bathing only. The percentage usage of water for bathing and washing  are enormous  than for cooking/drinking I think it is really worthwhile for government and other govt agencies should give thought to this, instead of throwing the responsibility of water crises management  on citizens.

 Citizens should also co-operate for implementation of  viable projects instead of politicizing the issue with vested interest.

M.V.Jayaram
29, Mithila apt. 4th. temple road,
15th. cross, Malleswaram.
Bangalore 560003

Menace of Land Mafia

This is only the result of the malpractice, fraud, corruption, bribery, concealment of facts by the govt officials particularly revenue dept and officials of the office of registrars during the registration of properties, particularly land and buildings. And the result, the ordinary people who spend their whole life's savings in purchasing such lands are forced to suffer the ordeal. If at all encroachment of govt land has taken place, what were the govt officials doing so many days when construction of building were taking place? Why did not they notify and fenc the place which belonged to govt? If at all the encroachment had taken place illegally , how the plans were approved by the authorities? How the properties were registered? Why the authorities gave clearance for electrification of the area? Why the tax were collected on such lands?

It is also mentioned in the article that no action was taken by the officials even when they were aware of the encroachment. The reasons are well known. The same officials have been enjoying the benefit given by the so called encroachers. The land mafia is nothing but pool of corrupt politicians, corrupt govt officials and greedy independent builders. Few years back, many lands owned by ordinary citizens were acquired by the Govt in the name of so called "Arkavathi" project. And people who lost their lands neither received the compensation nor the land. And today they are running from pillar to post to get their land back. Today, in Bangalore situation is such that, one should be prepared to loose their hard earned property even after every clearance from every department. God save Bangaloreans.

Anantha Padmanabha
Bangalore

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