With BDA work completed, Mestripalya lake cannot receive water until the BBMP connects stormwater drains—a task the BBMP say they haven’t been assigned yet. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister wants to ‘inaugurate’ the lake.
IISc report cites restriction of sewage inflow into lakes and expediting lake rejuvenation among steps to protect water bodies in Bengaluru. The report also includes findings from the study of water samples from Varthur lake.
If you live near a lake in Bengaluru, you’re sure to visit it for a variety of reasons – birding, exercise, photography, fishing – the list is endless. Sanchayan Nath documents the various activities that happen around Vibhutipura lake.
You have probably read reports of the ‘snow’ on Bellandur Lake. Some of you may have seen it even. Sanchayan Nath photo-documents it as it floats on the lake, flows on to the road and becomes a plaything for young children.
Watch your water source, if you live in East Bengaluru. For, the lather coming out from the Varthur and Bellandur lakes is just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Groundwater pollution is yet another impact which is like a slow poison.
While experts and people’s representatives are pushing for STP, residents are suggesting rainwater harvesting. The hurry with which the project is being pushed for a rainfed lake, when there is another lake nearby which receives untreated sewage, has caused suspicion.