Kundalahalli lake to get STP by June

Kundalahalli lake to get STP by June

A  sewage treatment plant (STP), at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore, will soon be set up at the Kundalahalli lake in Kundalahalli village near Whitefield in the City.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which will be ready by June, was held here on Monday. The STP will have the capacity to treat  780 kilolitres of raw sewage daily.
The project is being executed under the public private partnership (PPP) model by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, United Way Bengaluru (UWBe)  and Qualcomm.

Funded by Qualcomm, the project will be monitored by a lake advisory committee. Arvind Keerthi, member of Whitefield Rising (WR), told Deccan Herald: “The committee, constituted five months ago, comprises BBMP officials, staff from UWBe, environmental experts, sponsoring corporates and community members. The lake is in a bad shape because garbage and sewage is being dumped into it.”

Residents of Whitefield had approached the UWBe around a year ago and the stakeholders decided to take up a project. Gopal S, one of the residents from Kundalahalli, said that garbage is being dumped by households into the lake. He also blamed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board for the present condition of the lake.  “The board has not provided underground drainage facility at many pockets of the locality and we are forced to divert sewage into the lake. Companies from EPIP area are letting in untreated raw sewage. Construction debris is also dumped into the lake,” Gopal added.

The project undertaken under UWBe’s banner ‘Wake the lake’ will be replicated at two other lakes in the City. The civic agency on the other hand is planning to take up construction of a pathway, desilting, deweeding and beautification works, at the cost of Rs 3 crore, from next month.