Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment and Forests has promised to extend a helping hand to revive the lakes in Bengaluru.
The minister has also asked the Karnataka Government to complete the task in a time-bound manner.
Javadekar has advised Karnataka to take steps to block the entry of sewage water into lakes by setting up sewage treatment plants and de-silt water bodies frequently. He has also advised the government to involve local communities for the maintenance of lakes.
Javadekar said that in the first phase, the state government will rejuvenate Agara, Puttenahalli and Madivala lakes as a model project in two years. On its successful completion, other lakes in the city will be developed in a phased manner.
The government has also decided to provide funds for the project under the Centrally-sponsored Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.
The Karnataka government has also suggested the Centre to amend the law suitably to punish those who pollute lakes by dumping residential and industrial waste.
Interestingly, the state government changed the nomenclature of Lake Development Authority to Lake Conservation and Development Authority by giving more powers to the agency and bringing more lakes under its ambit.