Kukkarahalli Lake – Where is the water?
/Set up Compact Grey Water/Sewage Treatment Plants /
/Completely stop entry of sewage/
/Pump treated water to fill the lake 24X7/
/If drought continues, even existing water dries up/
/Remove blockades from catchment area/
/Undertaking civil works inside park spoils its beauty/
/Artificial lighting disturbs living habits of flora and fauna/
/Removing soil from embankment is not de-silting/
/Backwash water from VVW is adding to silt and pollution/
/No need for boating arrangement – Karanji Lake has it.
The above are some of the serious concerns expressed by people who had gathered at Kukkarahalli lake to discuss the necessity or otherwise of the ongoing improvements being undertaken by the University of Mysore. Deputy Commissioner D Randeep has temporarily stayed the ongoing work and has asked a two-man committee to hear official and public versions and to give a report for taking a decision.
On March 14, about 200 people had gathered at Kukkarahalli Lake gate near railway crossing and the convoy of cars bearing officials from University of Mysore, Horticulture Department and others (inspection members by sitting inside the car invited some comments from the gathering).
As the public hearing was going on, the birds were found bathing and pecking insects etc., around the remaining little ponds along the pathway. If dredging is done, even this little water hole will be lost and the birds will have nowhere to go.
Environmentalists appealed to the authorities to give first priority to find water to fill the lake since the state is experiencing continuous droughts and at this rate, due to climate change, environmental degradation, deforestation and global warming, weather prediction has gone haywire and it would be better to spend money in setting up sewage treatment plants to recycle and replenish the water lost in the lake.
Environmentalists also pointed out that university authorities must take more proactive steps to see that the greenery lost in the stretch of land that had been denuded due to laying of huge sewage pipes from Hunsur Road to Bogadi Road via the lake embankment, is regained by planting more saplings like fruit and nuts bearing trees.
Even though the university authorities had planted more than 900 saplings and arrangements have been made to pump slurry bearing water, it has become imperative that they create rain water harvesting facilities like the Bangalore University campus with its check dams and rain water harvesting pits where there are good slopes.
After public hearing, based on the comments made by environmentalists and also about technical feasibility of such suggestions, the expert committee members said that they would be presenting a complete report to the Deputy Commissioner at the earliest.
- Vasanthkumar Mysoremath