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
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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