As citizens and civic authorities continue to spearhead efforts to save Bengaluru’s diminishing lakes, one body is certain that there are lakes still undiscovered in the Garden City. In fact, they have signed up with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to search for new lakes that might have otherwise escaped scrutiny.
Over the course of the next three months, the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) with the help of ISRO, will be searching for undiscovered lakes.
Speaking to the Economic Times, KLCDA chief executive G Vidya Sagar explained the logic behind this move: “When a water body gets dry, water has to find its own course and form new bodies elsewhere. We are cross-checking the EMPRI data with ISRO through GIS mapping to see if new lakes have been formed that are not shown in any reports or records. The job will be done in 90-120 days.”
The data he is referring to is comprehensive research conducted by the Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) that notified that the city has a total of 478 lakes.
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The conservation and the preservation of Bengaluru’s lakes has been one of the key priorities of activists in the region for many years now. Due to pollution, and rapid urbanisation, many of the lakes are under threat. Most recently at Bellandur, the city’s biggest lake caught fire and started spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere, in part due to accumulated waste that had been dumped in the lake.
Perhaps with ISRO’s advanced technical know-how, more water-bodies in the city may be discovered, and also saved.