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Mestripalya Lake Ready by March 2015

Mestripalya Lake committee members inspecting the ongoing works at the lake in Koramangala 4th Block.
Mestripalya Lake committee members inspecting the ongoing works at the lake in Koramangala 4th Block.

The much delayed Mestripalya lake restoration work is finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.
The work is expected to be completed by March 2015.
Nearby residents were concerned the sullage outflow into the lake bed, Ajay Reddy, chairman of the Mestripalya Lake Citizens Committee says that the sudden increase in outflow is due to the construction of bund and this is a temporary issue will stop once the diversion work is completed. Bunds are being constructed at the junction to divert the sewage / sullage.
Till recently the residents living in the lake vicinity were concerned about sewage inflow into the Mestripalya Lake area.
Sewage issue background
There are two Storm Water Drains flowing into the lake from the northern side. These two drains usually are mixed with sullage (fed by some commercial establishments located nearby on the main road and to a small extent from the Mestripalya village) and have been flowing into the lake area for years.
In the Lake’s original rejuvenation project report it was designed to carry the sullage in an underwater pipe. After much deliberation by the Mestripalya Lake Citizens Committee it was finally decided not put an underwater pipe but to divert the storm water/sewage pipe around the lake. This was suggested to BBMP and after much delay it got approved.

TEMPORARY: A view of the Mestripalya Lake  and the stagnant sewage mixed water.
TEMPORARY: A view of the Mestripalya Lake and the stagnant sewage mixed water.

The work on the diversion started about two months back and is nearing completion. Meanwhile, till the work is completed sullage will continue to flow into the lake area and there will be certain amount of stagnation. The stagnation will be more than normal as bunds are being built at the point of diversion.
The diversion work is to be completed in the coming weeks and this will stop further inflow into the lake area. BDA Engineers have assured that the existing sullage in the lake will be removed.
The citizens committee is monitoring the issue on a regular basis to ensure that the diversion work is completed at the earliest.

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