June deadline for reviving Subramanyapura lake

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has set a June deadline for rejuvenating the Subramanyapura Lake and the Mestripalya lake.

The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Palike Commissioner Siddaiah on Wednesday. Officers from the BBMP, Bangalore Development Authority, Karnataka Slum Development Board, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), the forest department and the revenue department were present.

They explained to Siddaiah the challenges faced by them in rejuvenating the two lakes. After discussing the ways to overcome the obstacles, Siddaiah assigned each department its duties to achieve the target within the stipulated three months.

Regarding Subramanyapura Lake, the commissioner directed the chief engineer (stormwater rain) to speed up fencing of its stormwater drain, evacuate encroachers and stopp illegal dumping of waste into it. He told the BWSSB officials that sewage flowing into the lake was a major hurdle to rejuvenating the water body.

Siddaiah informed the Karnataka Slum Development Board officials that the slow pace of construction of quarters for the lakebed encroachers had hampered work on the lake. He directed them to ensure temporary settlements for encroachers in an adjacent area till the time the quarters are completed. He instructed the revenue officers to identify the boundary of the lake and fence it.

Once the encroachment is cleared, Subramanyapura Lake should be desilted, he said.

Siddaiah said work on Mestripalya Lake would begin within a week, as the tender process had been completed. He directed the officials to clear encroachments on the lakebed and asked the BWSSB to stop sewage flowing into it. He also sanctioned Rs 32 lakh to the water board for taking up sewage diversion work.

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