lakes, tanks and water-bodies (early 1950s)
- Man-made, most of them created by early rulers of the city
- Interconnected in a cascading fashion, prevented flooding
- Used for drinking water, irrigation, fishing, washing clothes
In the absence of a river close-by, Bangalore depended heavily on lakes for its drinking water requirements.
Over the years the lakes have been disappearing one-by-one, along with the general knowledge that they even existed.
the lakes go?
- Exploitation and neglect - Dumping of debris and garbage, inflow of sewage led to degradation of lakes, that it was easier to close them up than to save them.
- Malaria scare - Instead of finding ways to eliminate malaria-causing mosquitoes, water-bodies were eliminated