Press Esc to close
Tuesday 28 June 2016
News updated at 1:11 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.2°C
Min : 20.8°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

Arakere Lake, another water body in neglect

Niveditha Jain Bangalore:Jan 26, 2013 DH News Service

  The 100-year-old Arakere Lake near Bannerghatta Road may soon be history if steps are not taken to revive and preserve it.

Once filled with clean water, it now brims with dirty sewage water and overgrown weeds. The residents are facing problems due to the neglected state of the lake. Every once in a while, when the Arakere Lake breaches, houses around the lake are flooded with sewage water.

It’s neglect has turned the southwest side near Hulimavu Gate into a public urinal and waste dumping site. K Swamy, a resident, laments that due to the rapid mushrooming of apartments and commercial establishments, the lake has deteriorated.

“Besides people dumping all kinds of waste and debris, butchers throw chicken carcasses and offals into the lake,” he adds.

Another major issue which the lake faces is illegal encroachments shrinking the water body. The east and south side are teeming with many buildings.

Arakere Neighbourhood Improvement Trust (ANIT), formed in June 2012, has been fighting against encroachments with the tahsildar but to no avail.

“We want the authorities to bypass all sewage pipelines and let only the stormwater drain into the lake after treating the water,” said Arbind Gupta of ANIT.

As a last resort, the residents are planning to form a human chain and conduct an awareness campaign to draw the civic authorities’ attention towards the lake’s restoration.

Meanwhile, Rajasekaran, assistant engineer, BDA, said the civic agency had drawn up a detailed project report (DPR), approved by the Lake Development Authority (LDA).

“Once the authorities give us the go-ahead, we will start de-silting, sewage diversion, garbage clearance and other developmental activities. For this, we need support from Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board as well as BBMP authorities,” he said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
People carry an effigy representing inflation devil on a camel-cart during a demonstration...

People carry an effigy representing inflation devil on a camel-cart during a demonstration...

A car wades through a water logged lane at Jayadev Bihar after heavy monsoon rains in Bhubaneswar...

A car wades through a water logged lane at Jayadev Bihar after heavy monsoon rains in Bhubaneswar...

A sadhu at a base camp for Amarnath Yatra ahead of their registration in Jammu...

A sadhu at a base camp for Amarnath Yatra ahead of their registration in Jammu...

The titular head of Wodeyar dynasty Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and Trishika Kumari...

The titular head of Wodeyar dynasty Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar and Trishika Kumari...

A white tiger takes bath in a pond during a hot summer day at its enclosure in Kolkata Zoo...

A white tiger takes bath in a pond during a hot summer day at its enclosure in Kolkata Zoo...

An artiste gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga for upcoming Durga Puja...

An artiste gives finishing touches to an idol of Goddess Durga for upcoming Durga Puja...

Collapsed tents at BJP Awadh Kshetriya Booth Sammelan following the storm, in Barabanki...

Collapsed tents at BJP Awadh Kshetriya Booth Sammelan following the storm, in Barabanki...

Women Kabaddi players who will take part in the Women's Kabaddi Challenge, at a press conference...

Women Kabaddi players who will take part in the Women's Kabaddi Challenge, at a press conference...

People enjoy the rainy weather on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai...

People enjoy the rainy weather on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai...

The underconstruction Bogibeel Bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district....

The underconstruction Bogibeel Bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh district....

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523