Neither Govt nor God protecting this kere

BDA promised action against dumping of debris, but nothing has changed. The residents are running from one department to another to save what is left of the lake.

We had met Somesh, BDA Engineer in charge of lakes in South Bangalore, requesting him to take action against construction debris being dumped in Haralukunte Kere. He promised action. But nothing has happened so far. Dumping continues unabated, more of the lake is missing now, than when we complained back in July.

Pic: Balasubramaniam Thirunavakkarasu

At the same meeting, we were promised that two security guards or Home Guards, will keep watch at the lake, none have arrived so far. BDA did however send a letter to the HSR Layout Police Inspector on 5th September, asking them to cease the vehicles and take action on culprits. Earlier on 18th July, a letter was sent to the Tahsildar, directing to him to fence the lake and to clear encroachments. But there has been no updates from either of them, so far.

In short, authorities are sleeping on our complaints.

Dumping continues unabated, more of Haralukunte lake is missing now, than when we complained back in July.

We are now worried about Ganesha Chathurthi celebrations affecting our lake revival activities. A stage has been setup with a colourful Plaster of Paris (PoP) Lord Ganesha idol, to be immersed in the lake, at the end of festivities.

Many of us individuals and organisations have created awareness, including the Pollution Control Board, that these PoP idols are poisonous for the lake, but it has been of little or no use.

Residents of this locality have planned a Walkathon in Somasundara palya area (around 2000 families) on 30th September to create awareness on the need of lake and to make government authorities aware of significance of the lake’s revival.

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