LIFE

`Ulsoor jogging track is fine but for mindless littering'

Staff Reporter

FOR FITNESS: A view of the jogging track around the Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore. — Photo: Murali Kumar K.

FOR FITNESS: A view of the jogging track around the Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore. — Photo: Murali Kumar K.  

Bangalore: Though most people using the jogging track around the Ulsoor Lake are happy with it, some complain about the stray cattle and dog menace in the area.

Durga Devi, a housewife, who goes for a walk there every evening, says a few more benches along the track will help elderly people to relax and watch the sunset over the placid waters.

"A few more entrance and exit gates will help those coming to the lake from the Gurudwara end,'' she says.

"The track is clean, but people should be discouraged from littering... more dustbins my help. I feel one large entrance is adequate and extra walk, if any, will do good,'' Karthik, a young executive, says.

Many stress the need for an iron fence around between the lake and the track to prevent accidents such as slipping into the water body, especially during the rainy season.

It will also discourage children from going near the lake. The track should be paved because it will be slippery when it rains, they say.

The storm water drain close to the track bothers some.

Kamath, who resides in Ulsoor, says most of the underground drainages have been diverted from the lake area and this drain could also be closed to overcome the mosquito menace to an extent. "Like in other cities, the lake promenade needs to be well lit.

"After 7 p.m., it is difficult to walk without proper light'' says Kamath.

There are complains that the fence around the lake have been broken by miscreants at many points.

"The lake is much better than what it was, and the jogging track is good. You hardly see any waste dumped into the lake and there are fewer mosquitoes now. The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike deserves praise for restoring the lake," Santosh, a retired government employee, says.

Continuous care is necessary to keep the lake clean, he adds.

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