Standing on a Grave: The Hidden Secret behind Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Bus Station

Standing on a Grave: The Hidden Secret behind Bengaluru's Kempegowda Bus Station 1

Yes, you read that right. A grave.

This real-life story revolves around our beloved Kempegowda Majestic bus station. For any Banglorean, this area is a second home. But do we actually know about its past?

Five centuries old, Kempegowda I built the Dharmabudhi Kalyani in 1537, a sprawling water body.

Standing on a Grave: The Hidden Secret behind Bengaluru's Kempegowda Bus Station 2
The 1950 era’s “majestic” Dharmabudhi Kalyani.
Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

The now non-existent Sampangi lake used to be connected to Dharmabudhi Kalyani through a channel. For laying railway lines, this link was diverted into a new lake which is now the Sankey.

As a result of being deprived of water supply, the Dharmabudhi Kalyani dried up leaving behind a vast wetland. Later on, the government laid concrete right over it to build the foundation of the bus stand and the already ailing lake was choked to death.

The world runs and reeks of capitalism. The lake is the cost of doing business.

Next time you visit the area and listen intently to the whisper of the wind, you can still hear the screams of the lake being buried alive.

Let us not repeat history.

Join us on our journey Wake the Lake project as we jointly fight to revive the dying lakes of Bengaluru.

Read more at https://www.deccanherald.com/metrolife/metrolife-your-bond-with-bengaluru/bengaluru-stop-being-unkind-to-your-lakes-738113.html

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