4 Yrs On, Bhattarahalli Lake Revival Work Not Over Yet | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Bhattarahalli Lake near KR Puram is still waiting to be completely rejuvenated by the civic body.
Members of the group working for betterment of the lake said rejuvenation work on the 18-acre water body commenced in early 2017 and is yet to be completed.
Balaji Raghotham, member of the lake group, said, “There are several issues including encroachment, problems with the inlet and outlet drains, no place for locals to walk and more. BBMP has been promising to complete the work at the earliest but it is far from completion as we see it.”
Residents said the walkway provided by the Palike gets slushy every time it rains and that they have to wait for a day or two before they can venture out for their morning walks again.
Aravind M, a volunteer who lives close to the lake, said: “It is not possible to walk inside even otherwise as there is no fence. Many two-wheelers use the path around the water body. Also, volunteers have carried out several tree-plantation drives and in the absence of a fence around the lake, cattle and other stray animals tend to feed on the saplings.”
BBMP, however, claimed all core developmental works from their end is done. Work on fencing hasn’t been possible for a long time due to the presence of a notified slum in the lake area. “We can’t call the slum an encroachment, at the same time we cannot fence the lake for the same reason,” a BBMP official said.

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