BENGALURU: Compared to the noise and hectic operations that were under way at Bellandur Lake during the weekend, it was a picture of calm on Tuesday morning. There were no curious bystanders on the Bellandur- Yamalur Road trying to figure out the work going on. As the foam level on the lake almost subsided, the water sprinklers in action earlier too were shut.
A handful of labourers contracted by BDA were seen installing sprinklers along the route. The BDA plans to install 120 sprinklers on both sides of the lake so that water can be sprayed whenever the froth arises. Ramesh, a plumber who was installing a sprinkler, told Express, “Eighteen sprinklers were installed five days ago on the side of the lake.
We will complete installing 42 more sprinklers by Tuesday. In the next two days, we will be installing 60 sprinklers on the other side of the lake.” Asked why the sprinklers were switched off, he said, “We need to use them to spray water only when there is foam. The foam has almost subsided now. So there is no need to turn them on now.”
At another end was a BBMP tractor removing boulders from a storm water drain leading from the lake at Bellandur Kodi. “We are trying to remove these big stones that obstruct the flow of water from here to Varthur lake. Desilting is also done simultaneously. This has been going on for the last fortnight and that is one of the reasons the foam level has reduced,” said a worker.