Demographic dimensions and environmental Scenario of Tumkur town

Vishwanath, G. and Anand, R. and Anantha Murthy, K.S. (2004) Demographic dimensions and environmental Scenario of Tumkur town. Pollution Research, 23 (2). pp. 371-374. ISSN 0257-8050

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Rapid increase in population and agglomeration of people in a particular area is an index of the status of avaibility of educational, industrial and commercial amenities. A study was carried out in a rapidly growing town. Tumkur to understand the reason and degree of population growth and consequent impacts on the surrounding environment. Since olden days it was a centre of eduction and in recent days due to the establishment of Hirehalli, Antharasanahalli and Sathyamangala industrial areas it si gained importance as industrial and commercial centre. The town has grown the size of 0.5 km2 in 1901 to 25 km2 in 2002. This expansion in the town limits has engulfed many surrounding villages and the agricultural lands are rapidly being converted into built-up lands. The number of registered vehicles in Tumkur town is 1, 19, 993. The traffic density at the busy traffic junctions is counted to be in the range 120 to 185 per minute during peak hours and 98 to 142 during non-peak hours. The SPM level lie between 570.6 μg/m3 and the level of SOx and NOx gases are within the permissible limits. The air-borne lead level is as low as 0.377 μg/m3 to as high as 2.23 μg/m3. The noise levels at traffic junctions is in the range 77.8 db(A) to 81.7 dB(A) and at residential areas the up to 59.5 dB(A) was recorded. Due to rapid growth of the town the town municipal council seems to be inefficient with the handling of both solid and liquid waste. The direct disposal of sewage into Amanikere tank has deteriorated the water quality of the tank and rendered it unfit for drinking and recreation. The study reveals that the overall quality of environment in Tumkur town is on the verge of deterioration and proper management strategies are needed for the betterment of the environmental quality. © Enviromedia.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: atmospheric pollution; environmental quality; industrial district; population growth; sewage disposal; traffic emission; water pollution, Asia; Eurasia; India; Karnataka; South Asia; Tumkur
Subjects: Faculty of Science > Environmental and Biological Sciences > Environmental Science
Divisions: Jnana Bharathi / Central College Campus > Department of Environmental Science
Depositing User: Mr. Kirana Kumar D
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2016 10:02
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2016 07:22

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