Chief minister of Karnataka launched the BMTC app based on Intelligent Transport System on 25th May 2016 so that Bangaloreans do not miss the bus. But the city has already missed the bus on reviving waterbodies. Water scarcity has become terminal in the city. Lakes are being encroached illegally. Sewage is being dumped into them. Recently several fish deaths were reported in Ulsoor lake and sewage was cited as the reason.Builders are audacious enough to do encroachments on lakes . NGT recently slapped a fine on Mantri Group for illegal construction on Bellandur and Agara lakes.
The judgement was a victory for Bangalore citizens, NGOs and resident welfare group who came forward to save cities lakes. Redeeming water bodies in Bangalore will be possible only if citizens raise their voice. Bangalore has more than 190 lakes. Rejuvenation of these lakes will solve the water crisis. Corporate houses should be roped in for taking up water bodies for rejuvenation as part of Corporate Social Responsibility. Infosys Foundation did offer to rejuvenate Doddathogur and Chikkathogur lakes in Electronics City. The government is mum. Infosys Foundation has shown the way. Lets hope more corporate houses come forward and redeem the waterbodies.