Bellandur Lake is a lake in the suburb of Bellandur in the southeast of the city of Bangalore and is the largest lake in the city. It is a part of Bellandur drainage system drains the southern. The lake is a receptor from three chains of lakes upstream, and has a catchment area of about 148 square kilometres, water from this lake flows further east to the Varthur Lake, from where it flows down the plateau and eventually into the Pinakani river basin. It is currently polluted with sewage, and in May 2015 the foam covering the water surface caught fire. Bellandur Lake is a water body which is located in one of the three main valleys of Bangalore. It forms a part of Ponnaiyar River catchment, and water from Bellandur flows to Varthur Lake, the lake was a prominent catchment area with a good green cover and was a watering hole for the regions numerous, indigenous wildlife. As more and more apartment complexes come up on the lakes shores. The land around the lake is used as a ground by builders. The combination of all factors have led to a decline in the once robust eco-system of the lake which now resembles a stinking cesspool. Residents in neighboring areas complain of an odious stench that rises from the lake as a result of uninhibited sewage, RTI activists like CH Ram have repeatedly brought the Lakes plight to the BBMPs attention, and have been promised affirmative action to save the lake. In 2010, the BBMP adopted a Lake Rejuvenation Program, under this program, the lake received new fencing around its perimeter, a few saplings were planted and the lake was cleaned up. However, the treatment plants and small industries that dispel their wastes into the lake, have still not been stopped. In March 2017, the government invited experts from the UK. Media related to Bellandur Lake at Wikimedia Commons
Image: Bellandur lake
Locals remove the plant cover on a daily basis, but it grows back rapidly, killing fish and aquatic life.