Mysuru is declared as the ‘cleanest city’ in India. Congratulations to Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) officials, pourakarmikas and residents of Mysuru. However, along with drawing pride, we must take more responsibility to maintain our environment. It is everyone’s duty to keep our city clean. in addition, Mysuru has a number of lakes, which fulfill the thirst of the earth and also work as the water body of the eco-system.
One such lake is Devanur Lake The lake is supposed to be the lifeline for irrigation and other purposes as it was planned by the farsighted Maharajas of Mysuru. Devanur Lake is located on the main link road between N R Mohalla and Rajivnagar in city. The condition of the lake makes one feel sad and angry. The lake is rapidly turning out be a garbage dumping yard, instead of being a source of water. In the place of pure water, there flows sewage water, household and industrial waste water. Many have started encroachment of the lake in order to build houses and buildings. Though state and central governments release funds for restoration of lakes and other water bodies, no work has been undertaken to save the dying lake. Where is the fund being spent? How can the government officials justify the purpose of the funds released?
Being the citizens of Mysuru, the cultural capital of Karnataka, it is our responsibility to keep the city clean and green. We have to the city’s natural resources for future generations instead of creating a concrete jungle. Concerned authorities must wake up on this matter to save and restore the lake. Devanur Lake should be developed on the lines of Kukkarahalli and Karanji lakes. Citizens’ forums should also take up the issue with government to save the lake.