Finally, the University of Mysore has come out with some “grand” proposals to rejuvenate and beautify Kukkarahalli lake, Mysore city's prime lung space.

The lake was restored and beautified a few years ago, using funds from the Asian Development Bank. However, following the civic authorities' apathetic attitude towards its upkeep, the lake lapsed back into its previous condition. The lake is facing the threat of losing its beauty due to the flow of untreated sewage and the blockage of inlets for rainwater.

It once attracted a large number of birds, with around 20,000 various species making its surroundings their home. But, in recent years, the winged visitors have been staying away due to water contamination.

The university, the custodian of the lake, has been vested with the responsibility of reviving the lake's charm. With the Government allocating Rs. 3 crore in the budget for its rejuvenation, the university has proposed to revive the lake and its environs with various measures.

If everything goes according to the plan, a bamboo diversity park and a botanical garden will come up in the lake environs.

Besides creating a buffer zone for safeguarding the lake, the university has proposed to restore the Poornaiah Nala which brings freshwater to the water body, university sources said.

In order to give the lake a new lease of life and to bring more freshwater, desilting has been proposed. It has also been proposed to improve its bund and protect its boundaries with chain link fencing and compound wall.