Once considered one of the healthier lakes in the city, the present condition of Kommaghatta Lake, off Mysuru Road, in Kengeri, has been worrying residents for a while now.
With hundreds of dead fish floating in the waterbody in the past week, citizens’ concerns have only increased. Located near Sir M Visvesvaraya Layout, the lake is spread across 37 acres with a 2km walkway along its perimeter.
“Earlier, lots of people would visit the lake to take a stroll, but now the numbers are dropping because of the foul smell and dumping of garbage,” said Vijay G, a resident of Kommaghatta village.
The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), which has developed Sir M Visvesvaraya Layout and adopted the lake, is responsible for its upkeep. But attempts to contact Devanand, executive engineer (west), BDA were futile, while Shivakumar B S, engineering member, BDA, said he had no information available at present.
Residents attributed the dumping of garbage to a poor disposal system in the villages around the lake, adding that the increasing chemicals may be the result of the adjoining industrial area releasing waste into the waterbody.
“People used to swim in this lake about eight years ago. Our children have learnt swimming here and our cattle have drank this water. But today, none of that can be done,” said Shoba Harish, vice-president of Sulikere gram panchayat, one of the villages around the lake. Other villages include Chikkabasti, Doddabasti, Ullal, Manganahalli and Ramasandra.
Residents say they have written multiple letters to the BDA, but not a single one has elicited any response. Although the foul smell lingers through the day, it is the strongest in the evening after 5pm, which the residents claim is the time when industries let out their waste into the lake.
“We are forced to keep our doors and windows shut because of the stench,” said Shailashree K S, a homemaker.