Bangalore: With massive residential and commercial complexes continuing to come up around the lakes in the city, Bangalore Political Action Committee have put forward their demands to regulate such construction work and save the precious water bodies.

"We must not allow such complexes to come up near water bodies," Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) Vice-President and former Infosys Director TV Mohandas Pai said.

"We must come with a plan to harvest water in these water bodies, not allow sewage to flow there and accumulate, treat waste water and reuse it and prevent leakages in the pipelines,” he added.

Bangalore which had over 900 lakes in early 1950’s, is now left with only 200 lakes. More than half of them are heavily polluted with sewage. Preserving these 200 lakes has now become a very important issue, as a looming water shortage stares the city, which is heavily dependent on supplies from the Cauvery river.

Former Karnataka additional chief secretary, V Balasubramanian was skeptical of government organizations like the Karnataka Lake Development Authority and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board of being effective in preventing growing threats to the city's lakes even if seeking their nod for construction around lakes is made mandatory.

"Both of these are totally ineffective bodies and their permissions mean nothing. Only PIL (public interest litigation) in the high court can result in some action," he said.

"The lakes in Bangalore should be protected. No residential complexes should be allowed to come up near the lakes," Centre for Symbiosis of Technology, Environment and Management (STEM) managing director VM Hegde said.

"All possible care has to be taken while preparing or revising the master plans by the BDA (Bangalore Development Authority). If any development is allowed near the lakes, it should be withdrawn and the lakes protected," said Hegde, a retired director of the Karnataka town planning department.


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