By Prathana R Neoge & Shubhangi Kakade Garbage dumping puts Devasandra Lake in the list of polluted water bodies Devasandra Lake’s pristine water was once fit for drinking. Located in K R Puram, the lake was beautiful and attracted a lot birds. However, the lake has now joined the long list of lakes on the verge of extinction. Rampant garbage dumping and sewage disposal has been a huge blow to the lake’s ecosystem. Where once clear water was visible, only algae and weeds are visible now. The fishes have long died and the area surrounding the lake has become a dumping ground for waste. The residents complain of bad odour coming from the lake. The unhygienic lake premises have become a favourable habitat for snakes and mosquitoes. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has neglected the lake, a resident stated, as a result of which it is getting destroyed day by day. Another resident said, “BBMP comes once a week to collect the garbage. The people tend to throw their waste near the lake.” “The BBMP office is nearby and even then no action is being taken to collect garbage regularly,” the resident added. A BBMP official from the area said that they have been working on the lake for two to three years now. “BBMP plans to stop the sewage water from flowing into the lake and to make a path for walking around it,” he added. The work has been delayed due to the elections, he explained.