Save Kaikondrahalli and Kasavanahalli Lake Wetlands
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Kaikondrahalli Lake located on Sarjapura Road is a 48 acre urban lung space and water reservoir in the water starved region of Bellandur, Bangalore. A thriving ecosystem with 50+ species of birds and reptiles, it stands as a shining example of the government and the local community working together to preserve an urban commons. Kasavanahalli lake, spread over 80 acres, situated upstream was recently rejuvenated.
However, this bio-diverse ecosystem is now under immediate threat due to unabated construction and dumping of construction debris and other material on its boundaries. Ongoing construction is in gross violation of buffer zone rules for lakes as there can be no constructions within 100 ft of the lake’s outermost boundary, and the natural topography of this zone cannot be altered or constructed upon to allow water catchment and inflow into the lake.
This is not a one-off occurrence or a first time violation on the lake’s boundaries. In the past few years, there have been a series of constructions in the valley zone of around 100 acres, significant portion of which is sensitive wetland zone (marked in CDP 2015), between Kaikondrahalli and Kasavanahalli lakes.
These real estate developments pose serious threat to this ecosystem, a real danger of the lakes drying up and flooding in the surrounding areas. There are several large constructions between the two lakes, in addition to smaller constructions in the buffer zone of the two lakes. If continued, such developments in the lake wetlands can lead to irreversible damage and flooding much like the December 2015 Chennai floods. Already the area is seeing the warning signs - constant water and sewage stagnation between the two lakes and a dengue outbreak in the surrounding areas last year as well as heavy flooding during rains.
While cases have been initiated against one of the projects (Shriram Properties Chirping Woods, which is pending before the National Green Tribunal (NGT)), more constructions, dumping and continued buffer zone violations are adding to the twin lakes’ woes. Despite stay orders and complaints of the local community to BBMP zonal office and Pollution Control Board, constructions continue unabated.
This is sounding a death knell for not only Kasavanahalli / Kaikondrahalli Lakes but also the downstream lakes in the area. Water tables are already low, and will becomes worse in this area, which has no BWSSB/Cauvery water supply and residents are dependent on tanker water!
The government needs to wake up to the reality of an imminent ecological disaster!
Dear Karnataka Government,
Take immediate steps to stop the constructions causing irreversible damage to the lake wetlands!
Link to google map with constructions between the lakes:
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