Lakes are water bodies which are not as huge as the sea or ocean. Distinctly smaller yet extremely crucial living units, lakes can be often overlooked and sometimes, even forgotten or ignored in our vast peninsular lay out. In the worst case scenario, they are exploited to the extent of turning into dried swathes of lake bed. Bengaluru’s lakes have one such tale to tell. From a majestic 262, we have dwindled down to a measly 81 amongst which only 34 are recognized as live lakes. The other 47 are exploited to the point of death and extinction. With a single lake death, we wipe out hundreds of indigenous aquatic and terrestrial plants and organisms native to the Bengaluru lake basin’s ecological wholeness. Lastly, Kempe Gowda I laid the foundation of Bengaluru with his mother’s advice "Keregalam kattu, marangalam nedu (Build lakes, plant trees).”
The lakes lie at heart of Bengaluru’s rich cultural and historical past. "Add (Lake) Friend” on Lakebook Even to help these dying lakes, we need to be aware of their existence. Most lakes go undocumented. We need to have enough information about the lakes for us to take some action towards reviving them.
With our Wake the Lake portal, you can at least add your lake, if it is not already added, onto our lake register with any details that you can provide. Help us stop Bengaluru from soon becoming the city of dead lakes. We should not restrict this portal to Bengaluru. You can give example of Bengaluru but must say this is for across India. Small, medium, big – all size lakes will fit on WakeTheLake.in