Bengaluru, April 13, 2016: In a first of its kind people’s initiative to save the Bellandur Lake, Namma Bengaluru Foundation has brought together concerned citizens of Bengaluru, politicians, lake experts and activists all under one roof to chart a workable solutions action plan to bring the lake back to its former glory. The #SaveBellandur Action Plan document was handed over to Bengaluru Development and Town Planning Minister Mr. K.J George in presence of local citizens, officials, experts, village representatives, MPs Mr. Rajeev Gowda, Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Mr. Yellappa Reddy, Former Secretary Dept of Ecology & Environment Karnataka
What the Citizens Propose
The #SaveBellandur Action Plan lays down a series of action plans – mid-term and long-term – to rejuvenate Bellandur Lake with practical and viable actions over a reasonable timeline. The proposed solutions can also be used as a model to save other lakes of the city. The document also goes beyond saving aspect of Bellandur Lake to further emphasize the Phase II element where it proposes how the rejuvenated Bellandur Lake can become a much needed water source for large parts of Bengaluru that are not serviced by Cauvery waters.
Survive and Thrive
Owing to urbanization, change in land use pattern, under capacity of sewers, surcharged manholes, missing sewer network links and inadequate maintenance, Bellandur Lake has been polluted to an extent that has changed the water quality characteristics into a septic condition. The #SaveBellandur Action Plan charts out step wise solutions to ensure that the lake not only survives but also thrives by 1) Desilting accumulated sludge of the last three decades, 2) Developing natural wet lands and 3) Diverting and treating incoming sewage with a provision for treated water being used as tertiary water supply source. The Plan outlines that the estimated cost of rejuvenating Bellandur Lake would be Rs 400 crores with an implementation period of about 3 years.
Speaking at the occasion Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation said, ‘Everyone has given up on the dying Bellandur Lake and has perceived it as a non-solvable problem. To save and rejuvenate Bellandur Lake a sound engineering solution is required and the proposed action plan incorporates a workable, tried and tested method which lays down a mechanism not only to save but also to rejuvenate Bellandur Lake with practical actions over a reasonable timeline.’