the factors that keep a lake healthy?
slope margin and the requirement of marshy wetland area around the lake are
things that we understand as crucial features of living lakes. Realization of
such nuances helps us in recognizing the harmful soup-bowl design of the
rejuvenated lakes too.
despite taking measures, lakes suffer routinely. Why?
In an ever-growing maddening city struggling with lack of space and resources like Bengaluru, encroachment episodes are dime a dozen. Most of the construction that encroaches upon lake area is allowed to happen unchecked. When the concerned authorities finally do take up the issue and order for a complete tearing down of the buildings, it causes heavy loss of money and affects the common man.
Encroached Sowl Kere Lake Bed
the Supreme Court had overruled the National Green Tribunal’s order of having a
75-metre lake buffer zone. It has now
been reduced to just 30 metres, which is the number mentioned in the city’s
case cropped up regarding construction work at a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at
the Agara lake bed.
NGO Namma Bengaluru Foundation had filed a case against building construction
taking place on the lake bed, following which the NGT ordered for the
maintenance of 75 metres as buffer zone. When the State government and the realtors
argued against this and appealed to the Supreme Court, the SC overruled the
does this imply?
bed is not suited for heavy building construction. Moreover, the buffer zone
distance is necessary between the delicate lake ecosystem and the concretized
buildings as it increases the rainwater retaining capacity manifold.
If the immediate surroundings of the lakes are
concrete, the rainwater will run off and the groundwater recharging will never
take place. Thus, the dried aquifers affect the common man’s water needs.
Therefore, harmful policies can encourage harsh and ignorant treatment
of our lakes thus affecting the city’s aquatic coffers in the long run.