18 June 2021.
Citizens and Environmentalists are voicing their concern for the proposal to clear over 6,000 trees in Singanayakanahalli to construct a lake under Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project by Minor Irrigation Department in Karnataka.
Forest Department, in a recent notification, proposed to chop 6,316 trees to develop Singanayakanahalli lake, Yelahanka hobli, because they are coming in way of this project.
Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project
- This project was launched with the aim of filling 65 tanks in Bengaluru Urban, Rural and Chickballapur.
- Bagaluru lake was the first lake to receive treated water from this project.
- The project was meant to act as an impounded reservoir to supply water in 11 other lakes in this region.
- Direct use of treated water for drinking and agricultural purposes were prohibited but farmers were of the view that, project is increasing the water table.
- Activists are questioning the need and logic of removing such huge number of trees.
- The lake is located in Bangalore at the mouth of National Highway 7, near the junction of Bellary Road and Outer Ring Road.
- These lakes were created in 1537 by Kempe Gowda. It was formed by damming natural valley systems.
- It spreads over an area of 75 ha with plans for extending it up to 143 ha.