Renovated Sarakki Lake to lure birds in their thousands

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is planning to build an island at the lake’s centre to allow birds to perch and settle amidst the cooler surroundings of the waterbody. 

Sarakki Lake was once known as Saavira Hakki, the place where birds flocked in thousands. Now, officials involved in its renovation want to restore its past glory. 

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is planning to build an island at the lake’s centre to allow birds to perch and settle amidst the cooler surroundings of the waterbody. 

Bommanahalli MLA M Sathish Reddy inspected the ongoing renovation at the lake on Wednesday. Speaking to DH, Bommanahalli corporator C R Rajmohan Raju said: "We are planning to construct a central island and make it attractive for birds. This was once known as ‘Saavira Hakki’ lake and we want to bring (those glorious days) back." 

Plans are also on to build a cycling track, a ramp for walkers, a gymnasium for senior citizens and a children's play area around the lake, he added. "The entire lake was filled with sewage water and silt. BWSSB workers are still trying to fix the sanitary pipes releasing sewage water into the lake. About six feet of muck has been removed from the lake so far,” he further said. 

Reddy urged the state government to grant an additional Rs 10 crore for the lake’s renovation. "We've been granted Rs 9 crore for the work. We've written to the officials to grant more sums,” Raju said. He said two spots will be created at designated places to immerse idols during the Ganesha festival.

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