Bangalore, India: If all goes well, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board would only send treated water into the lakes by 2014, according to the report, ‘Action Plan for Preservation of Lakes in Bangalore,’ submitted by a ten-member committee. The committee is headed by Justice N K Patil of Karnataka High Court and Chairman of the Karnataka High Court Legal Services Committee.
According to the report, the strategy for preservation of lakes included innovative methodologies such as using differential GPS and record latitude and longitudinal values of corner stones of all lakes to prevent land grabbing. Also, GIS is to be established.
The report recommends imposition of green cess on vehicle users and energy- inefficient buildings. Funds generated thus can be used for maintenance and restoration of lakes. Also, the report recommends extending the scope of Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force to remove encroachments and to create a separate cell in Revenue Department with 100 dedicated surveyors to complete the lake survey.
The report was submitted to the Karnataka High Court. Following several petitions at the High Court regarding survey of lake areas and removal of encroachments, stoppage of sewerage entry into lakes, among other things, the High Court constituted the committee in an order dated November 26, 2010, to examine the ground realities and prepare an action plan for the preservation of lakes in Bangalore.
Source: Indian Express