Bellandur Lake likely to go into army hands

Bellandur Lake likely to go into army hands

Bellandur Lake likely to go into army hands

Frustrated by the recurring problems at Bellandur Lake, the state government is considering handing it over to the army.

The toxic lake caught fire on January 19, and the blaze spread to about 50 of its 910 acres. Firemen battled the blaze overnight and took till the next morning to put it out.

As a first step, the government has decided to rope in the defence authorities for watch and ward.

They are also talking about gradually handing over the lake to the army so that it is protected and kept clean.

The idea was first mooted in February, when additional chief secretary Mahendra Jain and an expert committee visited the lake.

Since the weeds and froth made their inspection difficult, they had sought help from the defence authorities, who then provided boats and guidance.

Following informal discussions, the defence authorities had suggested the government come up with a written proposal. Nothing moved after that.

"Now, chief secretary Rathna Prabha has told us to seek their help for watch and ward. We will talk to the defence authorities next week," a highly placed source said.

The BDA, BWSSB and the BBMP had failed to restore the lake, and installing cameras and other measures had failed to protect it, he said.

"We are also unable to deploy guards because of the cost involved. Citizens' watch groups have not been able to do much in this regard either," the source told DH.  

In due course, the government will talk to the army about handing over the lake. Some expert committee members had also endorsed the idea, the source added.