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Lake rejuvenation: Real estate firm irks RWAs

Lake rejuvenation: Real estate firm irks RWAs

Residents fear any development work at Doddakallasandra Lake will pose a danger to the many birds and butterfl…Read More

BENGALURU: Resident welfare associations around Doddakallasandra Lake in South Bengaluru on Monday filed an objection before the Karnataka Tank Conservation Development Authority (KTCDA) against the latter’s proposal to enter an MoU with a real estate firm to rejuvenate and develop the water body.

Residents fear that the realty firm would concretise and commercialise the biodiversity rich water body area. KTCDA is an umbrella body for the conservation and development of tanks in the state.

RWAs of Narayana Nagar 1st, 2nd and 3rd Blocks, Soudhamini Layout, Silicon City and New Bank Colony raised their concerns before KTCDA director Shiva Swamy, who told them that the MoU is yet to be signed and he would look into their concerns.

Though the 21-acre lake is rich in biodiversity, it is in need of rejuvenation as desilting, bund construction and other works need to be carried out.

The residents alleged that the firm in question is building a huge residential complex in the vicinity of the lake and untreated water is being released into the waterbody.

NR Somashekar, a resident of Narayan Nagar and secretary of the area’s RWA said, “We don’t want the lake area to be concretised in the name of development. Till now, we have ensured that not even a jogging track is built around the lake. On weekends we bring our children here to watch birds and butterflies. We need the lake to be rejuvenated as it has started stinking and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. But it doesn’t mean that it should be handed over to a private builder.”

Raghavendra B, who resides close to the lake and is a member of Peoples’ Campaign for Right to Water – Karnataka, said, “We want KTCDA to hand over the lake’s maintenance to the local custodian, in this case BBMP. If that is done, we can chip in with suggestions and other activities as we believe BBMP is more approachable.”

A representative of the real estate firm, however, refuted the charges that it was polluting the lake. “We have a 2,000 KLD sewage treatment plant within our premises and only treated water is being released into the lake,” she added.

A lake of butterflies

According to a report released by ActionAid Association, an NGO in December last, Doddakallasandra Lake is home to rich biodiversity including 70 species of birds and 37 species of butterflies besides rich flora. Tiny Grass Blue, one of the smallest species of butterflies, as well as Blue Mormon, which is one of the larger species are all found here. The Oriental Darter and Black Headed Ibis, two bird species which are in the Red List of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are also found around the lake.

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