A team of Vidhana Sabha (Assembly) Petition Committee, headed by Assembly Deputy Speaker Shivashankar Reddy, inspected Kukkarahalli Lake this morning, in response to a petition submitted to the committee of more than 300 citizens, urging to save the lake from being polluted.

After hearing the complaints of the residents that sewage water was being let into the lake, Reddy said that the State Government has approved an aid of Rs. two crore for constructing an underground drainage from Paduvarahalli and divert the sewage water to the Treatment Plant near Bogadi. Work order will be given in a week and the project will be completed in a month’s time, he said.

MLA Vasu, who accompanied Reddy, suggested that a water purification plant be set up near the lake and the recycled water could be used for irrigating a garden. University of Mysore Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa said that the issue of Kukkarahalli lake protection will be discussed with the varsity’s experts committee and a suitable decision will be taken shortly. He also said that a nominal entry fee be charged for the visitors which, apart from being spent on the lake’s maintenance, will make people more responsible.

Reddy said that apart from the Rs. two crore to be given by the Tourism Department, another Rs. two crore will be funded by the University of Mysore. “I will urge for more funds at the Cabinet Committee meet,” he said.

A meeting of the Petition Committee was later held at the DC office in the afternoon. Addressing media persons after the meeting, Reddy said that the DC has been directed to submit a report about the encroachments on Dewan Poornaiah canal, which used to be the source of water to Kukkarahalli lake. “We inspected the canal area this morning and found that a burial ground, a temple and a school for the blind came in the way. I have asked the DC to submit a report about that too,” he said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore