: Environmentalists and nature lovers rejoiced as the chain-linked fence erected along the bund of Kukkarahalli lake in the city will be removed by the University of Mysore.
Following a prolonged agitation by environmentalists and sustained media campaign, Vice-Chancellor of the university K.S. Rangappa visited the lake area on Saturday to take stock of the situation.
Expressing dismay over the erection of the fence, which marred the beauty of the lake, Prof. Rangappa said he would discuss the issue with the activists and ensure that the issue was resolved at the earliest. He also announced that the Kukkarahalli Lake Development Committee would be reconstituted and revived to ensure that the habitat was maintained in its pristine form.
Environmentalists, including U.N. Ravikumar, K. Manu and Badal Nanjundaswamy of Mysore Amateur Naturalists (MAN), said Kukkarahalli lake should be conserved as an open air natural environmental laboratory and any development should not impact the bird habitat.
MAN pointed out that there were more than 150 species of birds that roosted in the lake area as per surveys conducted in the past and was recognised as an Important Bird Habitat by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Bird Life International in 2005. But the lake has seen bad days due to relentless anthropogenic pressure by way of human-centric “development” works taken up by the authorities which ignored the requirements of the birds.