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Ulsoor Lake continues to stink

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BENGALURU: The dumped sewage, garbage and the animal entrails cause a constant threat to the Ulsoor Lake, which is on the verge of extinction. Various other kinds of non-biodegradable waste also flow into the lake from surrounding areas such as Shivajinagar, Benson Town and Frazer Town.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Pallika(BBMP), in collaboration with the Prestige group, had taken over the project to clean the lake in March. The Ulsoor Lake was to be developed under the ‘Namma Bengaluru, Namma Koduge’ project, but no strong action has been taken since March to clean the lake.

“Every day we see citizens throwing plastic bottles, tetra packs and other waste material in the lake,” said, Mr Venkatesh, the security in-charge of the lake. Although the citizens complain about the government not taking any action towards the maintenance of the lake, it is the visitors themselves who litter the place, he added.

Savitha R, a resident of Ulsoor, has witnessed the condition of the lake worsening over the years. “Both the BBMP and the BWSSB (Bangalore water and sewage supply board) are to be held responsible for the condition of the lake. Once the BWSSB begin cleaning the drains which are flowing from the neighboring areas, the lake would be clean on its own.”

– Akanksha

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