Sometimes, it is just the weeds. It might sound less dangerous than effluents and sewage release into the lakes, but that is not the case.
Doddanekkundi Lake’s condition is the proof for this.
Rejuvenating a lake should not be seen a one-shot event. It is simply the starting point. The aftercare of the lake is equally or more crucial. Back in 2005, BBMP had taken up a 10 crore project of rejuvenating the Doddanekundi Lake which fell in the Mahadevapura and Vignana Nagar wards. During the process, they did a whole lot of significant improvements like working on building bunds, fencing against encroachments and dredging.
De-weeding was not given any attention. In the face of the above-mentioned activities, de-weeding might sound like a smaller job. That is where we go wrong. Weeds can choke a lake to death all by its power of over-growth.
Along with this “simple” issue, we have the matter of cattle grazing. When we have this happening, we lose even the slush in the lakes.
Despite spending a hefty sum of 10 crore on the lake’s rejuvenation, all of it has been nullified because we had not covered one simple yet extremely crucial process of de-weeding. Furthermore, the aftercare was not given enough emphasis.
Now, BBMP claims that it is difficult to take care of this problem without proper fund sanctioning. With the change of government, it will supposedly take time for it.
Join us on our journey Wake the lake where we set out to revive the dying lakes of Bengaluru.