Bangalore becomes Bengalooru
From today, Bangalore becomes Bengalooru
1 Nov, 2006
BANGALORE:  the state's Golden Jubilee year is bringing promises with it for the people of the state. 

Here are some of chief minister H D Kumaraswamy's plans, told to The Times of India on Tuesday, the eve of the big launch of the year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations on Wednesday. 

Greater Bangalore: The process has begun, most of it is under way. On Rajyothsava day, I don't have to make new announcements. There are two proposals doing the rounds, one of them is having an administrator for Greater Bangalore while retaining a commissioner for BMP. I haven't decided on the person for the administrator's post. It will not be a political choice. 

On renaming Bangalore as Bengalooru: A proposal on renaming Bangalore as Bengalooru will be sent to Delhi for clearance. However, a formal announcement on renaming will be made on Wednesday. Later, a gazette notification will be issued. This apart, cities like Mangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Hubli, Gulbarga, Shimoga, Tumkur and Hospet will also be renamed. 

A house-full state: Houses should be provided for all below poverty line. We plan to provide free single-room flats for the poor. I have asked the officials to survey BPL families and work out a comprehensive housing plan. Budgetary allocation will be worked out. Quality of construction will not be compromised. 

Infrastructure in Bangalore: We will have 20 new underpasses for Bangalore city. Skywalks to address pedestrian problems will be put in place. Recently, the students of Maharani's women's college complained they were finding it difficult to cross the road, a skywalk will come up there. B-TRAC will be implemented to decongest Bangalore. 

Helmets from today: Compulsory helmet-wearing will come into effect on Wednesday in Bangalore and other city corporations barring Bellary. 

150 years from now, Orissa will be a desert
BHUBANESWAR: With the rate of land degradation going up at an alarming pace, a study conducted by an NGO claimed that Orissa could well turn barren and a land mass akin to a desert in the next 150 years. 

"In many parts of the state, specially in the western and southern uplands, there are indications of desertification. They have further degraded from drought prone to desert prone areas," a study released by the Water Initiative of Orissa (WIO), a wing of Sambalpur-based NGO, Mass, noted. 

According to WIO coordinator Ranjan Panda, the study was done by analysing state government statistics and a public perception survey conducted by the NGO. 

Between 1991 and 2005, severely degraded land in the state had increased by 136 per cent, barren land had increased by 69 per cent and land converted to non-agricultural uses by 34 per cent, he said. 

The land mass that had undergone marked changes during these years came close to seven per cent of the state's total geographical area, Panda added. 

By 2004-05, almost 17.5 per cent of Orissa had turned barren or unsuitable for agriculture. 

"The way mineral and water guzzling heavy industries are being pushed, the fast pace of deforestation and mercurial behaviour of climate could cause desertification of state's land even faster," he said. 

The WIO study said agricultural land in Rayagada and Jharsuguda, upcoming hubs of mineral-based industries, were shrinking very fast. 

"In Rayagada district, unproductive land is nearly 174 per cent higher than cultivable land. Such land amount is as high as two-third of Jharsuguda's total cultivable area. The way land patches are rapidly becoming barren and degraded, desertification is anything but a reality now," the WIO report, said. 

The study warned desertification would impact the livelihood of millions of people as dependence on agriculture in the state was very high. 

"It has estimated that 29 lakh hectares of land have already turned barren. According to the state agriculture department statistics, about 4.33 million hectares of state's 6.56 million hectares of agricultural land would suffer severe erosion and declining fertility. This is as high as 66 per cent of total agricultural land," it said. 

Analysing the climate change, the study said information gathered from weather department indicated that the global mean temperature rose by 0.5 degree celsius in the last 50 years while state's temperature had risen by one degree celsius during the same time. 

Actual forest cover had shrunk by 4,797 sq km although areas classiffied as forest land created by the state government had increased by 2,351 sq km, the report said. 

"Soil erosion due to forest degradation is critical in 52 per cent of total geographic area of the state," it added. 

"When the whole world has geared up to mitigate the challenges of desertification, situation in the state is starkly the opposite. There is hardly any effort seen at the state government level to recognize this threat and work towards mitigation of the problem. The government seems to be least concerned and its policies hardly reflect any commitment to address the situation," Panda said.


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