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Concretisation blamed for high temperatures in Indian city

Aug 06, 2013

It is believed that in the north Indian city of Ghaziabad nearly 90% of rainwater goes down the drain because there is not enough open soil space left to soak in the water.

Responding to an application filed by an environmental activist, India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday served notices on the Union urban development ministry, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation for promoting "mindless concretization" at the expense of the city's green cover.

The applicant had complained that rampant concretization was not only raising the city's temperature and atmospheric carbon levels, but was also preventing rainwater from percolating into the soil. The notices were issued by the principal bench of the tribunal headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

Tiling and concretization reduces open soil areas and thereby thwarts the absorption of water which is critical for recharging. It is believed that in Ghaziabad nearly 90% of rainwater goes down the drain because there is simply not enough open soil space left to soak in the water.

Besides, the applicant points to mindless civic concretizing activities by city development agencies, which are destroying its green cover, choking trees to death and eliminating any further possibility of planting new tree saplings.

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