Recent reports from various parts of the world indicate that the production of diesel and petrol vehicles might be stopped by 2030. In this context, I hope you may like to read the last chapter from the vol. 1 of my open fiction series IMANOFUTU published in 2013. The title Imanofutu is the acronym for Imaginary nation of the future.
IMANOFUTU VOL.1, CHAPTER 45
Open Fiction : P. Anil Prasad
It was 2100. The day view of Imacifutu was extremely fearful. It looked like the abandoned cities in fairytale… deadly rays of angry sun burnt it like a furnace!
Imacifutu was the capital of Imanofutu. Till the beginning of twenty first century Imacifutu was very famous as the first planned city in Imanofutu. It was also the most beautiful metro-city that the world had ever seen. In the beginning of twenty first century, eight percent of the total population of Imanofutu was living in Imacifutu.
Imacifutu, as a place rich with fossil fuel deposit, began to rise as the Industrial hub of Imanofutu from mid nineteenth century onwards. In the beginning of twentieth century it became an industrial hub having worldwide recognition. Every day, hundreds of thousands persons, from other parts of Imanofutu as well as abroad, used to come to Imacifutu in search of job and business opportunities. A good percentage of those visitors were used to settle down in the city. Thus the population of Imacifutu was inflated dangerously making the city highly pressurized like an overfilled balloon that might explode at any moment. Apart from migration, Imacifutu also received thousands of tourists each day.
The decline of Imacifutu was very tragic. Till the end of the first decade in twenty first century national as well as foreign industrialists were recklessly plundering the oil deposit as well as other resources of Imacifutu. They did not listen to the warnings on peak oil situation and other possible environmental issues that had been issued by earth science agencies and other experts, which said that oil boom was nearing saturation and hence decline was imminent. But the plunderers realized the situation only when the oil wells were really begun to dry out. Very fast closure of oil wells and refineries, which affected the whole economy of Imanofutu, sent out waves of fears on the proximity of doomsday.
Now both sides of the most streets in Imacifutu were almost entirely filled with abandoned motor vehicles that had been running on fossil fuels. From mid two thousand and thirties onwards there were a little supply of fossil fuels in entire Imanofutu. There were two reasons for this situation. First reason was the peak oil situation. The second reason was the environment pollution and the consequent climate changes that made the government to impose severe restrictions on the production and use of vehicles run on fossil fuels. Instead, public vehicles run on solar or electric energy were promoted. Thus people had no way other than abandoning their fossil fuel run vehicles in the streets.
Imacifutu city council had moved the abandoned vehicles from the main streets of the city to suburban dumping yards, however majority of the streets were still not commutable. Perhaps, this was a problem in all cities in Imanofutu.
The day view of Imacifutu was extremely fearful. It looked like the abandoned cities you read in fantasies. Furthermore, it burnt like a furnace. You would see houses with doors and windows tightly closed…streets with abandoned vehicles … trees charred in the anger of sun...no birds and animals…definitely you could not see any living thing in the open! In short, days of Imacifutu were filled with deadly heat and horrific silence. This was not the case of Imacifutu alone. Same situation prevailed in all other cities in Imanofutu.#openfiction
Dear Readers, let us see again at Imacifutu in the next volume titled ‘Imanofutu – In 2101’.