The Karnataka Government has announced a grant of Rs 200 crore to restore 67 lakes in Bengaluru and the outskirts of the city under the Amruth Nagarothana scheme. The list also includes lakes where development work has stopped due to lack of funds.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had requested Rs 200 crore in 2018 to revitalize the lakes in the city.
Despite the anger of activists against the government’s plan to construct a children’s park, a railway track for a toy train, a suspension bridge and a glass house at the bottom of Lake Mallatahalli, the government has, apart from Rs 81 crore it allocated last year has granted an additional Rs 15 crore under the program to complete the construction of a composite wall, waste weir and diversion drain.
Last year, environmentalists called the project a waste of public money and said the government should give more importance to ecology than to beautifying the lakes.
Kaggadasapura Lake, which was developed by the Municipality at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore, has been endowed with an additional Rs 4 crore.
“We are building a sewage diversion channel, a mud trap and a sluice gate, and lakefront reinforcement works, footpath works and laying slabs on the slope of the lakefront are pending,” a BBMP official said.
Hoodi, Hoodi-Giddanakere and Pattendur Agrahara Lakes, whose deteriorating condition has recently been highlighted by activists, have also received grants under the scheme.
Akshayanagara Lake (Rs 1 crore), Gubbalalu Lake (Rs 80 lakh), Dorekere Lake (Rs 15 crore), Basapura Lake (Rs 15 crore), Godier Lake (Rs 3 crore), Doddakallasandra Lake (Rs 1 crore), Kembathahalli Lake (Rs 1 crore), Ulsoor (Rs 4 crore), Subramanyapura Lake (Rs 1.5 crore), Yelahanka Lake (Rs 2.5 crore), Avalahalli Lake (Rs 1 crore), Allasandra Lake (Rs 3 crore), Junnasandra Lake (Rs 4 crore), Sarakki Lake (Rs 3.5 crore), Singaporea Lake (Rs 5 crore), Begur Lake (Rs 10 crore), Rachenahalli Lake (2.5 crore Rs), Doddanekundi Lake (5 crore Rs), Panathur Lake (1 Rs core). ) and Lake Venketeshpura (Rs 2.5 crore) are some of the lakes that have also received allocations under the program.