The state government has called for ensuring that Bengaluru should grow vertically due to a severe space crunch to expand horizontally, but it does have issues.
Story so far: Data about the number of skyscrapers Bengaluru can support or how many there are currently existing is not available with any of the agencies. There is no list or compiled data on the number of high-rise structures (residential and commercial) in the city, neither from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) nor the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
- The groundwater table has also started to drop, according to representatives of the Ground Water Board, and many permissions are being denied.
- Environmental department officials noted that although high-rise building permits are granted on a piecemeal basis, the actual situation is entirely different.
Growing seismic activities: While tall residential and commercial buildings are being built in the state capital, it seems that no one is monitoring the city’s ability to support skyscrapers, especially as seismic activity on the Deccan Plateau is increasing and skyscrapers need deeper foundations.
- Seismic experts also question the unregulated deep digging used to establish the foundation for tall buildings.