Tuesday, October 9, 2018

CS & ACS Meeting to Save Lakes, address Civic issues

Most of Bommanahalli is suffering from inaction and neglect, HSR Layout which is a very high profile Ward is turning into a Slum and not a single road can claim to be in good condition. Roads, Sewage lines, SWD, Streetlights, Footpaths, Encroachment, Rampant Commercialization and several other issues are becoming a threat to the locality. 

Met Addl Chief Secretary regarding the pending works of the pavements and also requested him to transfer Doddanekundi Lake from BDA to BBMP to ensure revival and management.  

Met Chief Secretary regarding the encroachment issue of Mangammanapalya Lake and Somasundarapalya Lake.

Both CS & ACS gave a hearing and promised action on priority. 


Date: 9th Oct 2018

Shri Vijay Bhaskar, IAS
Chief Secretary
Govt of Karnataka

Sub: Encroachments in Mangammanapalya & Somasundarapalya Lake

Respected Sir,
With respect to the above subject, I am writing to humbly draw your attention to serious encroachments in the Mangammanapalya Lake and Somasundarapalya Lake located in Ward 190 of Bommanahalli Constituency.

Mangammanapalya Lake, was revived by BBMP recently, but encroachments have not been cleared to make way to complete the fencing work of the Lake, also recently the local elected representative without any consideration to the NGT order has built a drinking water unit encroaching the Lake land.

Somasundarapalya Lake, is in the revival process, but even after the last survey report the encroachments by private people and KCDC has not been cleared and handed over to develop it as part of the Lake plan.

Even after strict NGT guidelines local elected representatives are misusing their powers and are letting the encroachment happen with their complete support. If these encroachments continue then Bengaluru will lose more Lakes and put the city under great distress, with ground water levels dipping even further.

These two Lakes are the only lung spaces in Ward 190, and in a locality that is almost turning into a concrete jungle, it's more than our (Citizen & Administration) joint responsibility to save these lung spaces and Lakes.

Hence, I humbly request your kind self to take cognizance of this encroachment issue and instruct office to immediately take steps remove the and make way for revival and protecting of these Lakes.

Thanking you,

Warm Regards,

Kavitha Reddy 

CC: DC Bengaluru

Friday, October 5, 2018

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What is killing Mangammanapalya Lake?

Depressing stories of Bengaluru Lakes have been making National News for sometime now. Froth, Stink, Sewage, Dead Fish, Encroachments, Vanishing, Fire have been the stories on Lakes. 

With all the negativity over 50+ Lakes got revived in Bengaluru and that never made it to the news. One of those Lakes that was revived after a series of citizens campaign is the Mangammanapalya Lake, a small Lake situated in the middle of a densely populated area. Marred with encroachments, sewage flow and complete neglect, BBMP took up the Lake eventually after pressure from Lake Activists and Citizens. 

The Lake was revived and ribbon cutting was done by the Elected Reps who in fact had no role in the revival, but have a role in not addressing serious encroachments issues. To review the current condition, the fencing around the Lake in not complete due to unchecked encroachments, there are even encroachments authorised by the Elected Reps in the name of drinking water plant, Lake has no gates and anyone can walk through the unfenced sides, there is no Lake keeper to take care of the Lake on a daily basis, benches and Tree plantation is still not complete. Yes, the core Lake got revived but with lack of political will and active citizen participation the Lake is heading towards the same situation form which it was once revived.

So, just revival is not enough there has to be a focus on maintenance and removal of serious encroachments as per the NGT guidelines if we have to save Lakes in Bengaluru and make them RWH Zones and Lung spaces. 

On 2nd October as part of Gandhi Jayanthi, HaSiRu Mithra Team did a #Plogging event along with Citizens and BBMP PKs to bring a much needed focus on the Lake, and to initiate action to address all the pending issues of the Lake. 

Hope this event can bring more pressure on DC & BBMP to ensure the pending issues of encroachments and fencing gets addressed on priority so that this beautiful Lake can be restored, protected and maintained!