In Conversation

Why are the lakes in a pathetic condition in your constituency?

We have the highest number of lakes in Bangalore South, which is highest among any constituency of Bangalore. Development of lakes is high on our agenda. After the BJP government took over, we took three lakes for development including Uttarahalli lake. We will take up other lakes as well.

Villagers allege that some nearby apartments and layouts have given sanitary connection to the Subramanyapura lake, which will pollute the water. Encroachment of the lake is also a major issue. What initiative have you taken in this regard?

We have asked the developers of the apartments to filter the sewage water before letting it in the lake. I will not spare anyone if the filter of sewage water is not happening. So far as encroachment is concerned, we will not displace people. We are building houses for the weaker section at Puttenahalli and will shift the encroachers there.

Why has the work at Uttarahalli lake come to a halt?

The work is not stopped but the first phase of work is now over and the second phase of work will start soon. The work will take place through the contractor.

Water crisis is quite grave in your constituency. How do you intend to tackle it?

Water crisis is not that aggravated as in any other part of Bangalore. But I am  aware of the problems faced by residents here. We are laying new Cauvery water-lines in many parts of Bangalore South constituency.

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