Friday, April 27, 2018

Bullet Trains and Development: Vikas not Vinaash please.

An evaluation of fundamental physiological properties of plants vis a vis bullets. 

Bullet Train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai: On what basis?
© 2018 Ramaswami Ashok Kumar
Total Land to be acquired            866         ha                                                          
Forest cover density dry biomass in India            130         kg/m^2                               
A plant transpires its own weight of water in a day.                                                       
Thus 130 kg/m^2 dry biomass density is               130         kg/day/m^2       transpired.
866 ha   transpiration/day                            1.126E+09 kg/day                            
                                                1125800                                m^3/day                             
Water transpired on bullet train area    410917000                           m^3/y                  
Used five times by repeated rainfall and transpiration on successive vegetated areas.
Drinking water supply by ground water recharge per head 40    liters/d   or 14.6 m^3/y.
No of people supplied drinking water per year from this groundwater recharge               28145000 or        28.145 million.
Cost of this water /year at Rs 10/Li          Rs           4.109E+12            4.10917 LakhCr                 
The worth of replacement forests in providing drinking water every year for 28 million people and other forest dwellers
of Rs 4 Lakh Cr for a long long time, say 500 generations is being                                                             
equated to a project costing Rs 1.08 lakh crore, the bullet! What is the earthly need for saving 4 hrs of travel time  between
Ahmedabad and Mumbai by bullets  by users who do not know why they are speeding at this rate by consuming oxygen in
the bullets and spewing poison that kills millions?
The forests give out oxygen and absorb CO2 and consume  only 2% of the water they recharge for their maintenance.
“What we are doing to the forests …(of the world) is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
Mahatma Gandhi.”- Quote from Pradip Krishen.2013. Jungle Trees of Central India: A Field Guide for Tree Spotters.

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