Save Hennagara Lake.
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Bangalore was once a green city, with 280-300 lakes.
Then we started on our journey to become the silicon city of India. The population of the city spiked. A search for space to accommodate the millions of people that settled down, meant there was none for trees. The unplanned population explosion and growth of industries led to no space for human or industrial waste. The lakes that weren't encroached upon to build houses, were soon converted to waste dumps.
As Bangalore grew larger, villages surrounding the city became part of it. This was also the case with lakes that were situated in those villages. One of these lakes is the Hennagara Lake, surrounded by the earlier villages of Jigani, Rajapura, Masthenahalli and Hennagara.
A beautiful lake, filled with water, surrounded by trees; Hennagara lake takes care of large areas surrounding it. This is done with borewells, fed by the lake and of course the water tankers which are an ubiquitous necessity of Bangalore. There is not a lot of construction around Hennagara Lake save for two apartment complexes built by DLF.
As usual, DLF has not spared the lake. For months after the DLF Woodland Heights apartments were ready for occupation, the sewage treatment plant in the apartments was not operational. What they did was dump the sewage beside the lake. Fortunately, the pools of sewage have not connected to the lake yet.
But the sewage treatment is a responsibility of DLF. They need to pick up the sewage they dumped earlier and treat it. This can be done, quite easily in the STP of the apartment complex as it is working now.
The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority should force DLF to take care of its mess. We all know the doings of the crowd, once a lake starts to get a little dirty, everyone jumps in to add their share and kill the lake as soon as they can.
Please sign my petition to the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority and the Government of Karnataka to #saveHenagaraLake.
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