Govt Forms Three-Member Committee to Probe Hulimavu Lake Breach

Bengaluru: Following an instruction from the Karnataka High Court, the State Government on Monday formed a technical committee to conduct an inquiry into the breach of three lakes in Bengaluru including Hulimavu. The committee, comprising of three members, gets 10 days to submit the report.

Dr B.R Srinivasmurthy, a retired professor of Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) Bengaluru will lead the probe. The two other members are: M.L Madayya, a retired chief engineer and Dr. Shantarajanna H.R, chief engineer and managing director (technical) at the Tumakuru Smart City Projects Ltd.

As per the order issued by the Urban Development Department, the Committee is told to conduct the study on two basis. One, a comprehensive study to assess the reasons behind the breach of three lakes – Doddabidarakallu, Hoskerehalli and Hulimavu. Second, a list of preventive measures to be taken in order to ensure such instances does not repeat in any other lakes of Bengaluru. 

Prakash, Assistant Executive Engineer, BBMP’s Lake division has been appointed as the coordinator. He is tasked with the responsibility of providing documents and facilities to conduct the study in a matter of ten days. 

The state government formed the Committee about two days after the two-judge Bench of the High Court found lack of coordination between Bangalore Development Authority and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in the upkeep of lakes. Chief Justice Abhay S. Oka and Justice Pradeep Singh Yerur passed the order on November 28 while hearing a PIL filed by Dollars Layout Residents Association and others on lake encroachments.

“Our attention is also invited to three recent incidents about the collapse of retention wall of the lakes. The 8th respondent appearing in person states that the work of rejuvenation may not have been done scientifically. There are disputes between the learned counsel appearing for the BBMP and learned counsel appearing for the BDA about the jurisdiction of the said properties over the three lakes. The collapse of retention wall of three lakes has resulted in serious consequences apart from causing enormous damages to the citizens and their properties,” the High Court observed.

“We direct the state government, BBMP and BDA to ensure such incidents do not repeat in respect of other lakes. Moreover, the state must ensure that the proper enquiry must be held and the report must be placed before the court in the next hearing,” the order of the High Court stated.