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Lingambudhi Lake to be conserved as biodiversity hotspot

Spread over nearly 220 acres with a water spread of about 160 acres, Lingambudhi Lake has a history of citizen’s participation in its conservation.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

Spread over nearly 220 acres with a water spread of about 160 acres, Lingambudhi Lake has a history of citizen’s participation in its conservation.— Photo: M.A. Sriram  

The Lingambudhi Lake,a major bird habitat in the city, is set to see better days as the Forest Department proposes to develop it on the lines of the Karanji Nature Park and conserve it as a biodiversity hotspot. In addition, the Malalvadi Kere near Jayanagar would also be beautified providing the much-needed lung space for the people in the area.

A detailed project report has been submitted to the authorities concerned with a request to sanction Rs. 2 crore for each of the lakes.

At Lingambudhi, the existing lake embankment will be strengthened and silt will be removed. Besides, the bird islands would be strengthened besides planting locally endemic tree saplings.

Deputy Conservator of Forests V. Karikalan told The Hindu that the project details have been submitted to the higher authorities in Bengaluru who have promised to release funds this year.

However, Lingamubhi Lake has a problem of untreated sewage being let to flow into it thus posing a major threat to its ecological integrity. Hence the Forest Department has urged the Mysuru City Corporation and the Mysore Urban Development Authority to establish a sewage treatment plant there.

“We have been telling the two local bodies to expedite the works but nothing has happened so far and hence the Forest Department is contemplating on outsourcing the construction of sewage treatment plant to private players”, said Mr. Karikalan.

Preventing untreated sewage from entering the lake is a must for its long-term conservation. Lingamubdhi Lake is a major watershed and is full to the brim during the monsoon, and more than 3000 birds of nearly 200 species – both migratory and local- come to roost here during winter. There is also a mantapa at the lake foreshore which would be renovated, Mr. Karikalan said.

Mr. Karikalan said Lingambudhi had as much potential as the Karanji Nature Park if not more and could be turned around to harbour local biodiversity. Spread over nearly 220 acres with a water spread of about 160 acres, Lingambudhi Lake has a history of citizen’s participation in its conservation. When the alignment of the Outer Ring Road was laid across the lake, it resulted in widespread protest following which the road alignment was changed and the lake was saved.

The lake has a catchment area of 40 sq. The Malalvadi Kere in Jayanagar will be converted into an eco-park with walking path, island and a bridge. About 250 tree saplings have been planted but there is no fresh water inflow into the lake, and hence rainwater would be harvested.

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