BENGALURU: The infamous Bellandur lake might soon have authorities going around it in a motorboat to keep a watch over the lake following repeated incidents of fire. In addition, a move to set up watchtowers, employ marshals and set up more CCTV cameras around the lake are also being considered by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
Joint Commissioner (Health, Solid Waste Management) Sarfaraz Khan said the proposal has to be approved by BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad.“What we felt was if someone goes around the lake in a motor boat, at least people will be aware and will not set fire to the grass. We will also put up watchtowers at two strategic locations around the lake. Col Rajbir Singh from the Iblur cantonment has personally discussed the move. A total of 30 CCTV cameras will also be set up around its radius,” Khan said.
Khan claimed BBMP had established the exact reason for the repeated fires at the lake, and it had nothing to do with its methane content. “There is a large area which people can approach and start fires. The local farmers set it on fire to make the grass grow faster to use as fodder. They do not understand its consequence,” he said.