NIAS Public Lecture: 'City at its limits' Series: "Lessons of Unplanned Urbanisation: Bengaluru, a dying city (with burning and frothing lakes) " by Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Urban and Mobility Studies Programme 


Invites you to a Public Lecture under the series

City at its Limits


The lecture will be delivered by


 Dr. T.V. Ramachandra

Energy & Wetlands Research Group

Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), IISc, Bengaluru




 Lessons of Unplanned Urbanisation: Bengaluru, a dying city

(with burning and frothing lakes) 


Chairperson: Prof. Carol Upadhya, NIAS


Date:               Friday, 12th October 2018

Time:              4:00 PM (Coffee/Tea at 3.30 PM)

Venue:            Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract:   Bangalore is experiencing unprecedented urban sprawl due to concentrated industrial development. During the past few decades, the quantum and composition of urban solid waste generation has changed due to the rise in the senseless behaviour (dependence on plastics), economic level, change in the demographic structure, consumer attitude and lifestyle of the residents. Mis-management of natural resources is evident from (i) sustained inflow of untreated sewage and industrial effluents to lakes; (ii) dumping of solid waste (with 70% being organic) in lake beds and storm water drains; (iii) transport of untreated wastewater in storm water drains (water drains are essentially arteries of a landscape carrying water), etc. This talk details and analyzes the effect of these ad-hoc approaches in the transport of pollutants through leaching to groundwater resources. It elucidates the impact of nitrates and heavy metal on deteriorating human health and offers an overview of urbanization and its impact on local ecological systems in Bangalore.


About the Speaker: Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, FIE, FIEE (UK) obtained Ph.D. in Ecology and Energy from Indian Institute of Science. During the past twenty years he has established an active school of research in the area of energy and environment ( He is a recipient of Energy Legend (2011, 2014), Energy Engineer (international, 2009) of Association of Energy Engineers (USA), Johny Biosphere Award for Ecology and Environment (2004), Satish Dhawan Young Scientist Award, 2007 of Karnataka State Government, Namma Bangalorean, 2016 award (Namma Bengaluru Foundation), Karnataka State Environment award, 2017-18 of Karnataka State Government and Rotary Exemplars 2017- Citizen Extraordinaire.


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All are cordially invited


For further information, please contact. Dr. Hemangini Gupta <>


Friday, October 12, 2018