One of the major problems with Bangalore lakes is sewage inflow – either secretly or openly. The various citizen groups working to save their neighbourhood lakes have repeatedly approached BWSSB and KSPCB, the agencies in charge of handling Bangalore’s sewage and monitoring pollution, but if recent feedback is an indication, the agencies do not care.
Arakere Lake (in South Bangalore) rejuvenation work was started by BDA in Feb 2014 and supposed to be completed by Feb 2015. Arbind Gupta who is an active member of the Arekere Lake team ANIT says that while work is still in progress, no effort seems to have been made in stopping sewage inflow and removing encroachment. In spite of several complaints given by ANIT and others to BWSSB, discharge of sewage continues alongside the rejuvenation work which amounts to nothing more than moving soil around. The site engineer is only trying to bypass the sewage and he admits that it is not successful. It is clear that money for rejuvenation will be wasted.
Challakere Lake which is sitated in HRBR Layout 2nd Block, next to the ring road is of 38acres 5 guntas as per LDA records. Jude Rajesh Ferrao of the Citizen Welfare Association HRBR 2nd Block says that six years ago, the lake was a beautiful place to visit and stroll around, but today the foul smell emanating from the lake area attracts only vested interest groups. Some of the lake area has been turned into a dumping yard and a burial ground, and a major portion would now be mistaken for an exclusive sewage collection tank. Instead of stopping the sewage, there is a sign indicating a bioremediation solution – like putting band-aid on chicken pox. BWSSB, KSPCB, BBMP responses have either been totally absent or just wimpers. Despite the pollution, birds can still be seen and the citizens are now desperate to save the lake. Those who want to come out and help contact Jude <firstname.lastname@example.org> / 9845557844.