Group visits lakes in north Bengaluru

 United Bengaluru under the aegis of ‘Naagarika’ on Saturday began its action by visiting lakes, which need immediate attention.

The Yellamallappa Chetty Lake Series located in the north of Bengaluru encompasses the entire Yelahanka zone. Rampant urbanisation has led to increased encroachment and dumping of domestic and industrial effluents into the lake system.

As part of the United Bengaluru initiative – ‘Reclaim and Protect Our Lakes’, a group comprising urban and lake experts, members of lake groups, elected representatives and government officials visited Puttenahalli, Allalasandra, Yelahanka and Jakkur lakes.

Those who took part in the campaign on Saturday were freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, N S Mukunda of Citizens’ Action Forum, urban expert Dr Ashwin Mahesh, Rain Water Club member S Vishwanath, Yelahanka BJP MLA S R Vishwanath, Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda, corporators R Padmavathi, Munidra Kumar and Satish M.

The members gave the citizens handouts summarising the NGT order to prevent the deterioration of water bodies and inform them that such violations would invite a fine of Rs 5 lakh. The members promised that they will help the citizens fight the case legally too.

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