Mysore, Mar. 5(SH&AHM)- The University of Mysore authorities have taken the initiative on restoring the old glory of Kukkarahalli Lake in the city, which has decades of history inspiring many writers and poets to create their famous works apart from serving as a place to seek solace from the humdrum daily life.

Created in 1881 during the rule of the Kings of Mysore, essentially to meet the water needs of the residents of the city, the lake has not been desilted to this day. The University having come forward to take up the job of desilting, it will be possible to stock more quantity of water in the lake.

Mumbai-based Seabird Surveying (Private) Company has been entrusted with the task of surveying the lake bed. Its two engineers visited the lake on Thursday and launched cleaning operation. The company’s staff will camp in the city for three days and carry out the study relating to desilting. A report will be prepared by the company and submitted to the University.

In the Karnataka Budget for 2008-09, two crore rupees had been set apart for Kukkaha-rahalli Lake renovation project under the Chief Minister’s Fund, out of which Rs. 40 lakh has already been released. In addition, the Lake Development Authority has approved grant of one crore rupees, thus providing for a total of three crore rupees for renovation of the lake.

After desilting, it will be possible to collect more rain water that flows into the Kukkarahalli Lake, Jayaramaiah, Convenor, Kukkarahalli Lake Protection Committee, told Star of Mysore.

Mysore City Corporation, Mysore Urban Development Authority and University of Mysore are contemplating action needed for preventing flow of polluted water into the lake and facilitate flow of safe and clear water into its territory.

Attempts are being made to establish a water treatment plant adjacent to the lake on Hunsur Road, he disclosed.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore