All city lakes, barring 3, to come under purview of corporation

A view of Yelachenahalli lake. The city has around 200 lakes, of which 169 are currently under the BBMP’s purview.   | Photo Credit: file photo

All lakes in the city with the exception of Bellandur, Varthur, and Veerasandra will be handed over to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and encroachments will be cleared.

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who is also the Bengaluru Development Minister, announced this decision on Wednesday after a high-level meeting. Only three lakes will remain with other agencies: Bellandur and Varthur lakes are currently under the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and Veerasandra lake is with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL).

Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan, who was part of the meeting, said 628 acres of lake land that have been encroached upon will be cleared.

Bengaluru has around 200 lakes, of which 169 are currently under the BBMP’s purview. It will now be taking over 38 lakes, including nine that are with the Forest Department.

While officials said that this move will solve the problem of inter-agency coordination, the question of funding has to be addressed. BBMP Commissioner B.H. Anil Kumar said that they had already asked the government for around ₹750 crore towards the development of 37 lakes, but the sanctioned amount was less than half of what was needed. “Now that we will be getting more lakes, we will need extra funds,” he said.

He added that the initiative of bringing all lakes under one agency is a “game changing move”.

“The Chief Minister has rewarded the BBMP for its good work by handing over the lakes to us as we have successfully developed more than 75 lakes. We are confident that we will get more funds,” he said.

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