One of the steps to prevent flooding of homes and breaching of Bellandur Lake is de-silting. But the city’s largest waterbody hasn’t been de-silted in the past two decades, the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) says.
Bellandur, Varthur and Janardhana lakes breached following heavy rainfall earlier this week, flooding nearKarnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority homes. While officials are aware that Bellandur Lake hasn’t been de-silted in the past two decades, they do not know about the other lakes.
“There are 210 lakes in Bengaluru; 167 of them are owned Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and 33 Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). But Bellandur Lake was last de-silted two decades ago,” Seema Garg, CEO, KLCDA, said.
Bellandur Lake belongs to the BDA.
The situation isn’t different at most other lakes and stormwater drains (SWD) in the city. “Some of the sewage lines are directly connected from homes to the SWD, instead of manholes,” said a resident of Koramangala 4th Block whose house has flooded during every rainfall.
Meanwhile, officials seem to be passing the buck. When asked whether the BBMP’s lake department has taken any steps to prevent flooding of homes caused Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority a breach in lakes,
B V Sathish, chief engineer, lakes, BBMP, said: “Why should we take the responsibility of overflowing of lakes? It is the responsibility of SWD engineers to build proper drains for the free flow of water.”
Garg stressed that the SWD work had been taken up on priority. “All the departments managing the lakes will give priority to construction and de-silting of SWDs linked to lakes. These works are taken up under the allocation made every year,” Garg said.