Lakes: Dist administration finds fault with KIADB

The Bengaluru district administration has found fault with the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) for handing over the 19 lakes to a private company for the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP), including Dodda Thoguru and Chikka Thoguru near Electronics City.

The Infosys Foundation wanted to develop two lakes-turned-cesspools by installing a sewage treatment plant. The foundation had even sent a proposal to the Bengaluru Urban district administration seeking permission. Following the proposal, the district authorities sought an NOC from the KIADB and the Public Works Department (PWD). However, they refused the permission on the ground that the land acquisition matter pertaining to the BMICP was pending before the Supreme Court.

Reacting to the cold response from the KIADB and PWD, Deputy Commissioner V Shankar said, “The KIADB committed a mistake by handing over the lakes to a private firm. We are the custodian of all the B Kharab land and lakes. But due to the faulty land acquisition, we have no role to play.” He said lakes are part of common land and they cannot be handed over to anyone, which the KIADB ignored.

“We are more keen than anyone for the restoration of lakes including Dodda Thoguru and Chikka Thoguru. Unless the KIADB and PWD give us NOC, we are helpless,” Shankar said.

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