HULIMAVU LAKE BREACHED
Context: Karnataka Lokayukta justice P Vishwanatha Shetty has sought an interim report on the cause of the bund breach in Hulimavu Lake, which affected thousands of families and caused significant property damage.
Answers have been sought from the BBMP, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, water and sewerage board BWSSB and state health department.
- The Hulimavu Lake breached on 24th November leading to flooding of several houses, streets and apartment complexes.
- The flooding took place in Hulimavu in southern Bangalore, apparently when a contractor dug up the bund while carrying out some work — initial reports said he was laying a pipeline but it isn’t clear who authorized the work.
- In no time, streets, houses and apartment complexes had water flowing a few feet high, ruining parked vehicles and household belongings.
- Many residents said they lost valuables and documents.
- A National Disaster Response Force team co-ordinated rescue work, using boats to evacuate some residents
- The civic agency, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had set up a night shelter for residents whose homes were flooded.
- BBMP is coordinating with Food & Civil Supplies & Revenue Departments to help provide duplicate documents to those who lost them in the Hulimavu flooding.
- This is the third time a lake has breached its bank in Bangalore in a month — on November 10, water from the Hosakerehalli Lake flowed into some houses close by after a contractor had opened the bund to lay a pipeline.
- Prior to that, the Doddabidarakallu Lake in north Bangalore breached its bund, inundating a few hundred houses downstream.
- Most reports point to the perennial blame game between the BBMP and the Bangalore Development Authority when it comes to managing lakes.
- Most of the lakes are encroached by mafia.
- Most lakes are sewage-fed due to sustained flow of untreated sewage and industrial effluents, dumping of solid wastes and building debris.
- There is a lack of sincerity and poor decision making from the bureaucracy
- Lack of good governance and poor implementation of regulatory norms
- Lack of coordination between the many para state agencies who were custodians of the lakes leading to their poor maintenance
- The government needs to immediately secure all the lakes in Bangalore.
- This calls for fencing, proper lighting, security guards, cameras for monitoring and participation of local residents,
- We need to look at the larger issue and solve the systemic problem.