Karnataka

NEERI will conduct study of lakes, tanks in six months, BBMP tells court

Project proposal has been sent to State government for approval, says BBMP

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike on Monday told the High Court of Karnataka that the CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has submitted a proposal to study all aspects of restoration, maintenance and rejuvenation of lakes and tanks in the city in two phases at a total cost of ₹3.45 crore in a period of six months.

In its status report on actions taken for implementing the court’s June 18 directions to conduct a study of the city’s lakes through NEERI, and remove encroachments of storm-water drains, the BBMP said that NEERI has sent a detailed project proposal for carrying out the study in partnership with other CSIR institutes and private parties who have expertise in this area. The BBMP said that NEERI project proposal has been forwarded to the State government for approval.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Mohammad Nawaz, describing the amount quoted by NEERI as reasonable, directed the State to take steps for approving the proposal.

The court had already directed that NEERI will also have to do the exercise of identifying disappeared lakes and suggest short- and long-term measures for restoration, rejuvenation and maintenance of the lakes.

Storm-water drains

Meanwhile, the BBMP, in its status report pointed out that out of 650 instances of surveys of storm-water drains (SWD) during June and July, 296 cases were treated as non-encroachments, and the remaining 354 were declared as encroachments. While 201 of 354 encroachments were removed during the period, another 153 encroachments are yet to be removed. In 52 cases, the HC has granted a stay order against removal of encroachments.

After perusing these details, the bench directed the BBMP to take steps to remove 101 encroachments while hoping that the palike would contest the stay order against removal of encroachments.

Further hearing has been adjourned till August 14.

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