The State government on Thursday told the High Court of Karnataka that it has no objection to conduct a study of all lakes in the city and an audit of lakes already developed and maintained by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and other agencies through the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).
A submission on behalf of the State was made before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice H.T. Narendra Prasad during the hearing of PIL petitions related to issues such as lack of maintenance of storm-water drains (SWDs) and failure of the authorities to stop entry of sewage into lakes.
Meanwhile, the court was unable to get an answer on the total number of lakes existing in the city as the BBMP said that though there are 210 lakes in its jurisdiction, it has details of only 168, of which 19 have lost characteristics of a lake decades ago, and some lakes are under the control of the Bangalore Development Authority.
A copy of the report, prepared by the then Lake Development Authority (LDA), containing the particulars of lakes in Bengaluru was submitted to the Bench, pointing out that there are 374 lakes in Bengaluru.
As the LDA was wound up by the government, the Bench asked government counsel to get the particulars of the LDA’s report on status of lakes in Bengaluru, while adjourning further hearing till June 17.