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Lake Development Authority

The Lake Development Authority is an autonomous regulatory, planning and policy body for Protection, Conservation, Reclamation, Restoration, Regeneration and Integrated Development of Lakes, whether natural or man-made in the State of Karnataka.

Deeply concerned with the unchecked deterioration of lakes in and around Bangalore and conscious of their critical role in maintaining healthy environs and recharging of ground water, Lake Development Authority was created vide Government Order No. FEE/12/ENG/02, Bangalore, Dated. 10th July 2002. It was initially registered society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1959 and a non-profit organization working solely for the regeneration and conservation of lakes within BMRDA jurisdiction.

However, from 30.04.2003 the Lake Development Authority's jurisdiction has been extended over the lakes in the other city municipal corporation of the state as well as lakes in the city municipalities which are the main sources for drinking water.

Since its inspection the Authority has drawn up the plans for the conservation of various lakes in the State in general and in Bangalore in particular. This has resulted in getting the Government of India grant for Nagawara Lake (Rs.5.19 crores). Vengaiahnakere (Rs.2.55 crores), Bellandur lake (Rs.5.5. crores), Kottegere Lake, Belgaum (Rs.5.640 crores), Lalbagh (Rs. 1.66 crores) and Bhishma lake, Gagag (Rs. 2.50 crores). These proposals have been sent to Government of India for the 10th Five-year plan for about Rs.252 crores. Moreover the Authority has also taken up preparation of database of lakes in and around Bangalore after physical verification of lakes and update about the lakes, including the water quality monitoring and eviction of encroachment etc.

The Authority has also launched public awareness campaign in order to sensitize people and the citizens of Bangalore towards these lakes. The Authority has also co-ordinated with Bangalore Development Authority. Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Karnataka, Forest Department, Minor Irrigation Department and other related Department to take up lake conservation works in such lakes as controlled by them.

The developed/undeveloped lakes in Bangalore and surroundings are also proposed to be maintained through public-private participation. Lake Development Authority is working on the Expression of Interest and Adopt a lake policy for the same.