Even as Bengaluru stares during a H2O crisis, another essential H2O …
June 4, 2018 - Essential Water
Bengaluru, once famous for a fit lakes-tanks complement to store a inexhaustible rainwater it receives around a year, is now staring during Day Zero.
This is usually due to a solid drop of a well-planned H2O physique systems by Bengaluru authorities and private builders comparison in a name of “development”, causing groundwater levels to exhaust during an shocking level.
The latest plant of this forward “development” is a birthright Kalyani (temple tank) of a 100-year-old Gali Anjaneya Temple during Gottigere, as partial of a Bannerghatta Road (between JG Mara Circle and Koli Farm Gate) widening project.
The step good structure is essential for rainwater harvesting and progressing a groundwater level.
Local citizen groups, that have been progressing a tank and carrying out unchanging cleaning drives, are fiercely against to sacrificing a lake for a project.
Nagamani, a proprietor who was partial of a drives, told TNM, “The tank not usually had H2O adult to 3 feet though a H2O so collected would upsurge to reduce riparian tanks of a city’s lake-tank system.”
The structure is even some-more critical given that Gottigere is nonetheless to get Cauvery H2O tie and is usually contingent on borewells for a H2O needs.
Experts have remarkable that over-relying on Cauvery H2O but reviving a city’s groundwater recharge complement would infer dear in a prolonged term.
“When Bengaluru is being likely as a subsequent city to run out of water, instead of reviving rainwater harvesting structures, a BBMP is bustling stuffing them up,” Ramprasad, convenor of Friends of Lakes, a non-profit endangered in a rejuvenation of a city’s bum lakes, told TNM.
“These are partial of a enlightenment and birthright of Bengaluru. Destroying these in a name of growth and swell is sad,” he added.
For a past 3 days, a church tank, that is right beside a BBMP office, has been filled with construction waste by a executive endangered in a road- widening project.
Mahendra Jain, Additional Chief Secretary (Urban Development), told TNM that he has educated a Bommanahalli Zonal Commissioner to find an choice to destroying a H2O body, after being alerted by endangered citizens.
“I will be going there tomorrow and afterwards we will decide. we have already told a Joint Commissioner that we should try and revive it. we will try and make it possible, might be change a fixing of a road,” Jain told TNM.
But BBMP officials on a belligerent contend that a widening plan would not be effective if that sold widen is left out.
Violation of NGT guidelines
The pierce by a BBMP is also illegal, as a National Green Tribunal (NGT) discipline foreordain that no construction can be carried out within 75 m of lake aegis zones.
A tip source in a state bureaucracy reliable to TNM that a argumentative amendment to a law ruling a state’s H2O physique was nonetheless to be gazetted.
Meanwhile, another garland of endangered citizen-activists, instead of enjoying a lazy Sunday, took to a streets to criticism a identical occurrence in Whitefield. A tellurian sequence was shaped by residents holding placards and chanting slogans perfectionist a rescue and reconstruction of a Pattandur Agrahara Lake.
The BBMP is building a highway on a lake, following that a locals had to proceed a Karnataka High Court to case a environmental destruction.