Lakes to have treatment plants

This was decided at a review meeting held recently, under the chairmanship of Minister for BWSSB and IT-BT, Katta Subramanya Naidu. The meeting was also attended by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) officials.

According to sources, the minister has given instructions to the officials to bring out an action plan within a month for the rejuvenation of lakes and to ensure pollutants are not released by the industries and nearby residences. Meanwhile, the BBMP has already begun its work on mapping 143 lakes that fall under its jurisdiction. “In the first phase, we will identify the lakes and conduct a revenue survey. Our priority will be to first clear the debris accumulated in these lakes and fence them from encroachment,” said a Palike official.

The project that has been proposed by the BBMP will cost Rs 700 crore. The Palike has already approached the State and the Central government for grants and funds. The BBMP has also roped in officials on deputation with the Forest Department for the project. “We will have to look at replenishing those lakes which have run dry and also other developmental activities at a later stage,” informed the official. Of the 183 lakes, the BBMP has already taken up 21 lakes developmental works while 12 has been taken by the Bangalore Development Authority and two by the Lake Development Authority.

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