Approval sought to fill lakes with sewage water

Posted On: 2014-09-23 22:10:34


   Minor Irrigation Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi on Tuesday said the controversial project to fill up lakes along the valley of the River Dakshina Pinakini (called Palar in Tamil Nadu), on the outskirts of Bangalore, using sewage water will be taken up after obtaining permission from the Major Irrigation department.
Speaking to mediapersons, he said the Tamil Nadu government had raised objections to the project. Hence, it is necessary to obtain permission from the department before the implementation, he added.

  The project envisages recharging the water table in Bangalore Rural district by filling up parched lakes with sewage water that flows in the Varthur valley.

  The Minor Irrigation department has successfully implemented a similar project and has filled up the Hoskote lake in Bangalore Rural district.

   Tamil Nadu has objected to the project stating that the use of sewage water flowing in the valley would affect agriculture activities in Krishnagiri district. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha had even sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to stop Karnataka from implementing the project.

   This apart, the minister said that the department would soon launch its programme to rejuvenate one lake in each of the 224 Assembly constituencies of the State.

   Desilting, development of walk path and gardening will be done under the programme. An estimated Rs 2 crore will be spent on each lake, he added.
Source : Deccan Herald (01-May-2014)