Deeply concerned with the unchecked deterioration of lakes in and around Bangalore and conscious of their critical role in maintaining healthy environs and recharging of ground water, the
Lake Development Authority was created vide Government Order No. FEE/12/ENG/02, Bangalore, Dated. 10th July 2002. It would be a registered society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1959 and it would be a non-profit organization working solely for the regeneration and conservation of lakes in and around Bangalore city within BMRDA jurisdiction in the first instance, would be extended to other parts of karnataka subsequently.
The Lake Development Authority is an autonomous regulatory, planning and policy body for Protection, Conservation, Reclamation, Restoration, Regeneration and Integrated Development of Lakes, whether natural or man-made in the state of Karnataka.
As per the Government Order, Government of Karnataka dated 30.04.2003 the Lake Development Authority jurisdiction has been extended over the lakes in the other city municipal corporation of the state as well as lakes in these city municipalities which are the main sources for drinking water.
The Lake Development Authority was a registered society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 which had no Statutory powers. The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority Act 2014 has been constituted vide Gazette Notification No.SAMVYASHAE 07 SHASANA 2012, Bangalore dated 07.03.2015 for Lake Conservation and Development. The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority Rules has come into existence on 05.03.2016. As per the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority Act 2014, the jurisdiction of authority applies to all the lakes in the Karnataka State located within the limits of all Municipal Corporations and Bangalore Development Authority or any other water bodies or lakes notifed Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority the Government from time to time.