Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) plans to restore and carry out developmental activities at 69 lakes out of 201 lakes under its control in 2023-24.
The civic body has sought ₹67 crore from Karnataka government to develop and rejuvenate these 69 lakes falling under its jurisdiction. It has already begun developmental work for rejuvenation of 25 lakes and will rejuvenate 44 more lakes this financial year. BBMP said that it has restored 63 lakes for ₹345.85 crore between 2019 and 2022, according to reports. Out of the 44 lakes, it will float tender for the development and rejuvenation of 13 other lakes.
The development work includes desilting, fencing, sewage diversion, bund formation, inlet and outlet construction, and pathway formation. The civic body is also carrying out regular maintenance to keep these lakes alive and functional. In the last financial year, 41 partially developed lakes and 26 undeveloped lakes were improved. Boundaries of 100 lakes were demarcated and secured by fencing. All the remaining lakes will now be fenced with proper demarcation, to avoid encroachment and dumping. BBMP also plans to install sluice gates at all major lakes of the city to avoid local flooding. Its other priorities are biodiversity and the ecosystem of the lakes.