Lakes of Bengaluru: As Konanakunte lake dies a slow death, Bengaluru civic body gears up to restore it
While moving towards Konanakunte Cross in Bengaluru city one would seldom notice the dying Konanakunte lake also known as Ganapathipura lake. Strangely, many residents with whom The Indian Express spoke to are not even aware of the existence of a lake that is supposed to have an area of 9.18 acres, while some living nearby have been mute spectators to the decay of the lake in the past two decades.
According to the records of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) more than two acres of the lake is encroached by a private distillery company, houses and a school. The document also states that a road and graveyard have also eaten away portions of the water body.
Giving a glimmer of hope the BBMP, the custodian of lakes, announced last week that the developmental works will be carried out at Konanakunte lake at a cost of Rs 6 crore.
The lake was last surveyed by the revenue department in 2000 when the custody of the water body was with the forest department.
At one edge of the lake sports a rusted forest department’s board that reads: “Throwing garbage and hunting animals is a punishable offence.”
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