BMRCL proposes to develop Kengeri, Veerasandra lakes

The proposal of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to develop two lakes, Kengeri and Veerasandra in Electronics City, has reached its final stage.

This will be a major boost to at least two of the city’s neglected water bodies, which have now reduced from 1,600 to only 210 lakes over the years.

Spread over 20 acres, Kengeri and Veerasandra lakes are almost dry and covered by hyacinth. The major challenge for the BMRCL would be to keep them sewage-free.

Speaking with Deccan Herald, BMRCL spokesperson U A Vasanth Rao said the two lakes were chosen for their proximity to the metro stations. “Kengeri lake located near Mailasandra station on Mysuru Road will be developed in four months. The Detailed Project Report is almost ready and the work will be taken up once the Lake Development Authority gives its approval,” he said.

He said the rejuvenation of Veerasandra lake, near the proposed Hebbagodi metro station in phase 2, would take at least one year. “We are yet to float the tender for the preparation of a conceptual plan to develop this lake. The corporation is committed to completing the work in a year,” he said and noted that the corporation would seek funds from the state government.

‘Model lakes’

Rao said the BMRCL planned to make the two water bodies model lakes. The concept includes setting up fountains, walkways and boating. While there is waste water flow into Kengeri lake, Veerasandra lake is surrounded by industries. The idea is to develop these lakes into public space, he said.

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