The vast 30-acre Kundalahalli Lake is all set to undergo a revival. The former dumping ground for construction debris, garbage and other rubbish, now has a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant which can process 280 kilolitres (KLD) of sewage a day. The parties responsible are GE Healthcare, and United Way, a non-profit organisation, together with financial aid from the BBMP.
GE initially invested Rs 1 crore, and is committed to maintaining the sewage treatment plant for two years.
An initial survey revealed that the lake was in poor shape. Inlets were filled with sewage, and regular contamination led to the formation of silt, reducing the lake’s water-storage capacity.
Apart from the sewage treatment plant, six toilets, including one for the differently-abled, have been built for the slum dwellers in the vicinity. The sewage treatment plant uses cow dung to clean the sewage water.
The BBMP has committed to invest in the lake’s cleansing. It has built a fence around the lake’s perimeter, to prevent further dumping, and plans to plant around 5,000 trees to beautify the surroundings.
The plan is to clean more lakes in the city. Mr Manish Michael, CEO of United Way Bengaluru, spoke to The Deccan Chronicle and said, “We are currently driving the campaign, ‘Wake the lake,’ as we work on 16 lakes across the city. We are happy to have supported the design of this first-of-its-kind, eco-friendly STP as part of the restoration process.”