The recent report of Environment Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) on the status of lakes in and around Mysuru should be a wakeup call to the administrators and government as well. They found around 25% of the lake area has been used for developmental activities. Out of 106 lakes of Mysuru and Nanjangud taluks that were included in the study by EMPRI, 37 have vanished. Encroachment by land grabbers is another angle to the shrinking of size of the lakes. It is found that even the surviving lakes are facing the threat of contamination by untreated sewage from surrounding areas and waste dumping near these lakes. This also leads to contamination of ground water in surrounding areas. Uncontrolled growth of water hyacinth in the lakes is making habitat loss to many migratory birds. Unless corrective actions are taken the remaining water bodies, which are lifelines to many villages, may soon become extinct. Fencing may be cost involving, however, is needed to save these lakes from duping wastes and grabbing. Establishing sewage treatment plants is essential to avoid pumping sewage to these lakes.
Dr S V N Vijayendra, Mysuru