Save Kukkarahalli Lake, Mysore. Stop desilting and find ways to improve the water inflow
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It has been reported in the media that University of Mysore (UOM) together with the Department of Tourism is taking up certain development works on the Kukkarahalli lake and its immediate precincts.
As you know the lake has been drying up as rainwater inlets has been choked with housing and other developments in the catchment area and the sewage that was flowing into it also have been effectively diverted.
The development works as reported have not consulted the stake holders and is of concern as they will impact adversely on the ecology of the lake.
Apart from works such as raising of lake bund, widening walking path, vehicle parking space, toilets, shelters and children’s park, the de-silting & de-weeding of the lake in the current drought year will cause irreversible damage to the water retention capacity of the lake, and convert it into a dry depression.
The number of different species of birds, which used to visit the lake has gone downsignificantly in the recent times from 180 to 130 species. They include painted storks, black headed ibises and pelicans and others visiting for food and nesting. The development works are likely to affect their breading and they may abandon the lake altogether. It is important to note that developments that do not take care of the ecology will lead to irreversible damage to the ecosystem resulting in killing the very basis of the attraction, value and meaning of this important common property of Mysore city.
The proposed boating can also severely disturb the breeding of birds.
It is an urgent matter before wanton de-silting with noisy tractors excavators and trucks destroy the impervious clayey strata of the lake. It is important to make authorities to stop it and consult the stakeholders and citizens and proper assessment of impact is made before any thing of this nature is done.
Therefore, this matter is being brought to the attention of relavant Authorities ( the DC of Mysore and VC of Mysore University) attention with a sense of the utmost urgency, with a request to
(a) direct the immediate stoppage of the de-silting & de-weeding of Kukkarahalli lake at this critical juncture, in the interest of saving this precious natural heritage of Mysuru, and
(b) initiate a systematic discussion on conservation, preservation and protection of Kukkarahalli lake on the basis of the Plan, before the other “development” aspects reported in the media are undertaken.
(c) to take up measures to ensure that the lake does not go completely dry because the inlets have been reduced due to urban development in the catchment areas over the years and the sewage water that was filling it up has been fully diverted
(d) to initiate action for alternate methods to use recycled water or by any other means to be integrated in to any programme of conservation of the lake and be taken up on topmost priority.
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