Lakes in Bangalore will be cleared of encroachments,chief minister Siddaramaiah said Saturday after a city tour,during which encroachment of lakes by land sharks was highlighted by several people as a key problem facing IT capital. If buildings have been constructed on the encroached land,they will be razed,he added.
The chief minister directed police chief Raghavendra H Auradkar to provide to officials to clear encroachments.
The number of lakes in Bangalore has dwindled from 272 three decades ago to just 60 now.
Residents told Siddaramaiah that some influential persons had encroached upon Dorekere Lake in Padmanagara. But when the CM asked the Lake Development Authority officials about it,they claimed the encroached land was not part of the lake.
The CM then summoned BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana and told him to clear the encroachments. He also directed LDA officials to de-weed Dorekere Lake and develop a park around it.
Siddaramaiah later visited the polluted Agara Lake. There,Lok Sabha MP Ananth Kumar requested him to develop the lake. The government had spent Rs 9 crore on the development of the lake in 2003-04 but it had slipped back into a decrepit state for lack of upkeep. Siddaramaiah assured that he will meet with officials of BBMP,LDA,BWSSB and forest department to work out a plan to develop the lake.
LDA officials say they have no budget to develop the Agara Lake,so an alternate source of expenditure will be decided, Siddaramaiah said.