Bengaluru: Cow strays onto Kalkere Lake walkway, electrocuted

Bescom officials switched off power supply, but the cow died within half an hour
Image used for representative Purpose only
Image used for representative Purpose only(File photo | EPS)

BENGALURU: A ground-level electrical switchboard on the walkway of the BBMP-managed Kalkere Lake electrocuted a three-year-old cow around 6.30pm on Friday. The cow had strayed into the lake area on its own.

Due to intermittent rain since afternoon, there were hardly any walkers around the lake, that is frequented by an average of 800 walkers daily. The 100-acre lake near Ramamurthy Nagar is surrounded by the walkway, which stretches to over 5km. The walkway, which is just 10 feet from the lake, has numerous plants around it.

Conservationist Sathish Poojari told TNIE: “The incident happened at the entrance of the walking path. It could have happened to any visitor. It is the culmination of many years of poor maintenance by BBMP. I have repeatedly requested them to manage it properly, but it fell on deaf ears.”

The cow had strayed near the lake as there was no fencing, Poojari added. “The owner was alerted about the incident after the cow fell at the spot, and he came rushing here.” Bharath, whose farmer father owns the cow, said, “Home Guards deployed by BBMP tried to use sticks to goad the cow to get up, but even they started suffering electric shocks and stopped.”

Bescom officials switched off power supply, but the cow died within half an hour, he added.

A senior BBMP lake official laid the blame completely on the horticulture department. “The park is maintained by them. They had illegally installed pumpsets to water plants and were drawing power from a switch box installed on the ground,” he said.

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