BENGALURU: Activists, whose sustained campaign and fight saw the National Green Tribunal rule against two ongoing construction projects around the Agara and Bellandur lake, on Thursday urged citizens across the city to join them in a renewed campaign to make Bengaluru a more liveable city and save its crucial water bodies.
The campaigners, led by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), while terming the NGT order as a saviour of Bengaluru‘s waterbodies, said that the citizens must now work towards getting the government to implement the directions of the order.
“While the change in the buffer zone will impact all the lakes and raja-kaluves (storm water drains) positively, there is another important direction that the government must declare all wetlands in the City,” NBF CEO Sridhar Pabbisetty said at a press conference here.
Other members pointed out that the city has slowly forgotten the wetlands thanks to government apathy. “Wetlands are natural god-given way to let water enter lakes. We seems to be losing them. Out fight will now be to make the government declare critical areas in Bengaluru as wetlands,” Sridhar said.
While clarifying that the NGT order, which has gone beyond the two construction projects that the campaigners challenged, they said: “They order is only retrospective in nature and does not apply to those projects that have already been implemented.”
Credits Times of India