In her handbook ‘Our Agara Lake’, Kavitha Reddy describes how a citizens’ movement saved the lake, with the support of authorities. The lake, which was a garbage dump site earlier, is now teeming with visitors
Here’s the report submitted by the Lake Devlelopment Authority to the High Court of Karnataka, on the status of Agara and Bellandur lakes. // Related Articles HC pushes for restoration and rejuvenation
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.
The central Environmental Ministry watchdog office in Bengaluru is so understaffed that they are signing off compliance reports without even inspecting sites. This is one of many reasons this 72-acre realty project is proceeding despite major violations.
When it comes to adequate, planned housing for the poor in Bengaluru, the government offers little land and lesser money. But when it comes to SEZs, hotels, layouts and apartments, there is always land available. Part II of the series.
What does public property mean to different people in the city? Using the Agara Lake as a case study, Dr Rohan D’Souza, from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) explores these very notions of Urban Commons.