Renowned Scientist T V Ramachandra today saidBellendur Lake in the city, which is in the thick of controversy dueto its massive pollution, can be easily restored to its former gloryby just desilting the bed of the lake.
The Scientist from Indian Institute of Science said with supportof the industry this can be made a success.
Delivering a guest of honour address at the Workshop on WaterConservation and Rainwater Harvesting for Industry organised byBangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC), he said by justdredging out the deposited silt from the lake, the once pristinewater body can be rejuvenated and brought back to life once again. ''The exotic flora and fauna and the aquatic life supportinglake's ecosystem can be recreated by just desilting the heavydeposits which has got accumulated over the years,'' he said.
Dr. Ramachandra revealed that the Government need not worry aboutspending money the desilting the lake, rather it can take thesupport of the industry to dredge the silt and sell the same to thefarming community and brick kiln industry which would be more thanwilling to take the dredged rich soil.
''Bellandur Lake has seven million cubic metres of NKP (ammoniumnitrate) silt worth Rs. 1,500 Crore. If the industry or any otherbody comes forward to take up the project under CSR or any othercommunity service, the government will actually gain rather lose onthis project,'' he said.
He slammed industries and the massive apartments lined up alongthe Bellandur Lake which are responsible for killing this waterbody, he expressed surprise that the government at the very firstinstance should not have allowed these concrete structures to comeup at all.
''It is quite intriguing how the government not only allowedthese structures line up along the lake but also allowed them topollute the lake''.
Dr. (Mrs.) Tejaswani Ananth Kumar who delivered the keynoteaddress at the workshop called upon all concerned citizens ofBangalore to plant trees and not waste water the way we do right nowas she warned that water will turn more scarce as we continue toplunder this precious gift of nature.
Meanwhile, Mr. Thyagu Valliappa, President BCIC speaking at theworkshop assured the government that it will chart out a strategy tosupport the projects related to water conservation and rejuvenationof the lake.UNI RS MSP CS 1710
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