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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Save our Bangalore.


So much has been said about this that it has started sounding trite..But who can challenge the fact that hardly anything has been done toprevent the venomous effects of the "development" of the city? Far from being checked, the problem has only aggravated.The green city has now become grey city thanks to choppingdown of trees ,exponential increase in traffic and the vanishing lakes.
Bangalore once boasted a water body population of over 400 lakes whichwas the primary, perhaps the only source of drinking water for thecity habitants. It has now dwindled to just 64. And the ones thatremain are being encroached upon with experts commenting that they tooshall vanish from the map of the city.
No wonder when it rains, the drains overflow and the water has nowhereto go except to the city dwellings in the low-lying areas. The city'sbiggest attractions are proving to be its worst undoing.
Dont be surprised if you find that your house happens to be constructed on a lake bed!chk this out!
1)Vidyaranyapura lake is now converted to vidyaranyapura/jalahalli east
2)Gokula tank is now converted to Mathikere
3)geddalahalli lake is now RMV 2nd Stage,1st block
4)Nagasheetihalli lake is now RMV 2nd Stage
5)Tumkur lake is now Mysore Lamps
6)Ramshetty Palya Kere is now MilkColony (Playgounds)
7)Oddarapalya Lake is now Rajajinagar(Industrial Area)
8)Ketamaranahalli Lake is now Rajajinagare(Mahalakshmipuram)
9)Kurubarahalli is now Basaweshwaranagar(Chord road)
10)Agsana Lake is now Gayathri Devi park.
11)Jakkarayana kere is now krishna flour mills
12)Dharmambudhi Lake is now Kempe Gowda Bus Terminal
13)Vijaynagar chord rd lake is now Vijaynagar
14)Marenhalli lake is now Marenhalli.
15)Sampangi Lake is now Kanteerava Stadium.
16)kalasipalya lake is now kalasipalya
17)Siddapura lake is now Siddapura/jayanagar 1st block
18)Tyagarajanagar lake is now Tyagarajanagar
19)Kadirenhallii Lake is now Banashankari 2nd stage
20)Sarakki Agrahara kere is now JP nagare 4th Phase
21)Koramangala Lake is now National Diary Research Institute
22)Chinnigara Lake is now Ejipura
23)Domlu Lake is now Domlur 2nd stage
24)Kodlihalli lake is now new Tippasandra/Govt buildings
25)Banaswadi Lake is now Subbayapalya extension
26)Shule Tank is now Asholnagar,Football Stadium.
27)Hennur Lake is now Nagavara(HBR Layout)

Fellow bangaloreans, please dont let this trend continue..Save our bangalore..

11 Comments:

    • At 3:14 AM, Blogger Chaotic Monk said…

      Although I'm not from Bangalore....but really felt bad after reading that....but I guess change is something which is permanent...n hope that its for the best!!!

       
    • At 10:35 PM, Blogger satyasur said…

      oops! i never realised that i live on a lake bed! :D
      hmmm can;t help it da.

       
    • At 10:00 PM, Blogger Angshuman Sarkar said…

      This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

       
    • At 10:01 PM, Blogger Angshuman Sarkar said…

      hey .. nice blog. Regarding lakes in bangalore, I have this conspiracy theory ..

      I think the BDA, BMRC and other depts deliberately do this. First they allow the lakes to dry out, silt and then for a few years siphon out money that is alloted to clean and revive the lakes. Example? Madiwala lake. (I was living right next to it). Now half the lake is gone and filled up! And buildings came up there in no time! Same is the case everywhere ..

      Slowly over time, the depts start giving out those lakes to the land sharks, siting that the lakes can not be revived! Soon the lakes will be termed as "erstwhile" ones. Remember the erstwhile Koromangala lake? It was such a huge and lovely lake, now it seems the water sources have run out!!! Bull!! It has been allowed to happen so. All the mud, concrete and other rubbish from nearby constructions were slowly put onto the lake, making its present condition. Another example is the lake inside the palace compound!
      Its all about corruption and money! And nobody will touch this issue, because it will open a can of worms!

      I came to live in bangalore in 1997! It was so beautiful. I wish I could do something about it ..

       
    • At 12:49 PM, Blogger roopa said…

      @satyasur..

      being a newcomer to bangalore, you probably wont know how muh more bangalore was earlier..

      @sarkar

      agree with u completely

       
    • At 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      though not a blogger, I have the habit of leaving comments !! :)

      u have mentioned all the lakes and the present location of those lakes, just think about this !!

      where would u put the millions of people living on these lakes?

       
    • At 9:54 AM, Blogger roopa said…

      What you say is correct..But I think we can come up with better ideas than killing trees and lakes..dont you agree?

      Btw why dont you post something?

       
    • At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      the damage is beyond repair !! the main reason is too many people which inturn has lead to too many four wheelers which has resulted in too lil space on roads !! I dont know which part of blore u r from, but u see malleswaram now and then you will realise what a mess it is !!

      all we can do now is protect the existing lakes n trees (which, i dont think we will be successful in) !!

      I am putting together my first blog which will be opened for public soon.. I am more into hand written ones !! :)

       
    • At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      TO ALL THE FOLKS HERE.
      THE LAKE ON VIDYARANYAPURA MAIN ROAD BETWEEN VIDYARANYAPURA AND DODDABOMMSANDRA HAS BEEN DRIED OUR DUE TO BAD URBAN PLANNING. CAN YOU ADVISE ME ON HOW DO I FIND OUT WHOM THE LAKE BELONGS (BDA OR BWSSB) TO AND WHAT DO THEY PLAN TO DO WITH IT?

       
    • At 10:31 AM, Blogger Guru said…

      Koramangala lake is the national games village, not NDRI

       
    • At 12:05 PM, Blogger Vijay Srini said…

      Interesting: Kalasipalya Lake is now Kalasipalya. Dharmabudhi Lake is now Kempegowda bus stand.
      These two places were lake once upon a time, and now people dont have even a place to stand in these places!! How ironic.

       
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