Puttenahalli Lake soon to brim with treated water
by YM Reddy
The dry Puttenahalli Lake in JP Nagar will be revived by residents and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. YM Reddy/iamin
Here is good news for residents of JP Nagar 7th Phase. If all goes well, Puttenahalli Lake is set to get 4,00,000 to 8,00,000 lakh litres of treated water per day from nearby apartments. The process is set to gain momentum within a week.
Speaking with iamin, Vaman Acharya, chairman, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), said that he has agreed to the proposal from residents of L&T South City residential complex to let the treated water into Puttenahalli Lake. “I visited Puttenahalli Lake on Saturday. It badly needs water. I think all the lakes in Bangalore city may not get rainwater in the near future since all storm water drains (raja kaluvegalu) are either carrying sewage water or are choked with garbage and debris. I don’t think these storm water drains will be cleaned very soon by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) workers,’’ Acharya said.
L&T South City residential complex has nearly 2,000 apartments and it has its own sewage treatment plant (STP) which has been treating more than 1,000 kilo litres of waste water per day. As of now, nearly 600 kilo litres of treated water is being used for flushing and gardening. The remaining water is being let into the underground drain. “The residents have to submit a formal request in writing seeking permission to let treated water into Puttenahalli Lake. We will expedite the process and all formalities will be completed within a week,” Acharya assured. “After implementing this initiative at Puttenahalli, we will try it at Sarakki Lake,” he added.
Expressing satisfaction over the proactive attitude of Acharya, who has agreed in principle to allow letting treated water into Puttenahalli Lake, Usha Rajagopalan, chairperson, Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT), said that members of the PNLIT are ready to cooperate with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to preserve and protect Puttenahalli Lake. “The KSPCB will install a sensor to check the quality of treated water online. I hope this initiative will help Puttenahalli Lake to get sufficient water. If the lake is brimming with water, many birds will make it their destination and water table in the neighbourhood will increase,” Rajagopalan said.
PNLIT has been working actively with BBMP towards the rejuvenation and maintenance of Puttenahalli Lake.
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