In an attempt to reclaim lakes in Namma Bengaluru, it has been decided that each lake will have a dedicated officer who will be responsible for its maintenance. At present Bengaluru has more than 200 lakes and so the responsibility as been split between the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).
The incident of frothing lakes in Bengaluru followed up by the overflowing ones that the city saw after facing one of the heaviest rainfall in 50 years has shaken up the civic agencies in the IT city. Facing sharp criticism from all quarters, the decision to delegate responsibility and ownership amongst officers was taken.
In a high level meeting attended by the civic agencies which include the BBMP, BDA, BWSSB and the BMRCL, it was decided that designated officers will be given individual responsibilities.
This is for the first time that a city has decided to take this step to save its lakes. Of the 92 lakes which are under the control of the BDA, it will have officers who will monitor the lakes and their mobile numbers will also be made public. That way people can contact with them in case of need. There are another 110 lakes under the BBMP which will also follow the same format.
Credits India Today