The tragedy of Bellandur lake in Bangalore..

Once a city of lakes too, Bangalore is struggling to maintain its lakes. The foam at Bellandur lake caused a huge outage on social media but hardly bothered the authorities.

This story on how the lake is used for garbage filling in the night is just amazing case of complete neglect and mismanagement:

For the past few months, streets leading to Bellandur lake have been in darkness at night as streetlights are not switched on. The forced blackout, residents living on the 2.5km Bellandur Tank Bund Road allege, is a cover for the garbage mafia who dump waste and construction debris in the lake.

The lake’s pitiable condition – frothing and foaming, as it is – has already made international headlines.

“I’ve been living in Yemalur for two years. I travel home on a pitch-dark road every day. There are 25-30 streetlights on this stretch, but none of them have worked for one year,” said Abhinandan Y, who has lived in Bengaluru for eight years. Abhinandan said once darkness falls, a line of lorries dump waste in and around the water body. Scores of men hanging around the trucks deter residents from questioning them, he said.

Umanand Rai, joint commissioner, Mahadevapura zone, said he was aware the streetlights were not working. “In three days, the issue will be resolved and we will repair all of them. I have no idea about the dumping of garbage in the lake at night and no complaints have come. I will send an officer from the waste management section to inspect the lakes on Saturday.”

Residents, however, say their complaints are ignored. “When I contacted the BBMP engineer a year ago, he told me LED lights were being fixed and the streetlights would work soon. That never happened. When I called him again, he asked me if I could provide the labourers to fix the lights. I was shocked. He said no contractor was willing to do the work,” said the 30-year-old IT worker. “He has been avoiding my calls. BWSSB and BBMP ignored the complaints I filed online,” he said.

Crazy stuff..

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