Lake, as soon as upon a time


With no assist in sight, residents, volunteers attempt to rescue Hosakerehalli Lake from trash

One of many historic lakes of the town, Hosakerehalli Lake is now in dilapidated situation. The authorities haven’t taken any steps to rejuvenate the lake and now the residents have come ahead to wash up the lake to get its misplaced legacy again.

Again in 2017, the lake was taken up for rejuvenation, it was desilted and all the space was cleaned up. Nonetheless, it was not maintained after that and shortly the lake acquired into a foul state.

It was the identical 12 months when a mantapa was rediscovered through the rejuvenation.

The Bangalore Improvement Authority (BDA) had taken as much as uplift the lake by fencing it and diverting the sewage, and had additionally cleaned the entire space. However the restoration work didn’t go on for lengthy, and with negligence from authorities, it acquired ruined inside months.

The lake is nevertheless now with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The BBMP has acknowledged that tenders have been floated and the lake could be rejuvenated quickly. In the meantime, residents of Hosakerahalli have voluntarily carried out initiatives to wash and restore the lake together with The Indian Ploggers Military and Jhatkaa.org.

Rachna Ravi Kiran, a resident of Hosakerahalli, who has been residing close to the lake for 20 years, mentioned, “The lake is in a foul situation. We now have been staying right here for years and have seen no enchancment. In 2017, we noticed the lake getting rejuvenated. However it didn’t final for lengthy. Now it has changed into a rubbish dumping floor, with each moist and dry waste being dumped day by day. It’s an ordeal we’re going via day-after-day, with mosquito breeding and even rodents across the lake. Individuals come right here solely to dump rubbish and to not go to the lake. As it’s stinking, no one needs to go to the lake.”

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The residents joined palms with BBMP as nicely to hold out the cleansing course of.

“We’re looking for an answer to the revival of the lake. We now have approached the authorities and the BBMP has acknowledged that they’d begin the rejuvenation in a month. However it now seems like a dream. We now have now began cleansing up the lake and are even finishing up consciousness. College students from the worldwide academy of expertise joined us to wash up the lake as nicely. With heaps of trash and monsoon season, the situation was solely getting depressing. We cleared out three auto tippers stuffed with trash close to the lake. As soon as the lake begins to get cleaner, different plans could be taken up for rejuvenation,” added Kiran.

We cleared out three auto tippers stuffed with trash close to the lake. As soon as the lake begins to get cleaner, different plans could be taken up

–Rachna Ravi Kiran, resident

The residents additionally identified that because the lake borders two wards, even many locals from Rajarajeshwari Nagar come and dump waste right here. As there is no such thing as a fencing across the lake, it makes it simpler for individuals to dump trash.

Raj from The Indian Ploggers Military mentioned, “We’ll see to it that frequent clean-ups are completed within the lake in order that the dumping utterly stops. And even marshals have mentioned that they may help us.”

Many migratory birds used to go to the lake. Nonetheless, now the birds are nowhere to be seen, identified the residents. “The lake has misplaced its biodiversity. We see peacocks round our space at instances. Many birds may are available and it could possibly be a biodiversity hotspot once more,” a resident mentioned.



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