The Hosakerehalli Lake that was supposed to become a reservoir to store water during the monsoon season, remains choked. Now, despite the monsoon fast approaching, restoration at the lake remains a dream. The Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) took up the rejuvenation of the lake in January 2019. According to BDA sources, Rs 9.40 crore was sanctioned to provide fencing for the lake, building a walkway, rerouting the sewage away from the lake and the maintenance of the park. The work was to be finished before the monsoon hit the city. The current update of the rejuvenation work at the lake is; the walkway is half constructed, sewage water from nearby apartments is still being discharged into the lake, there is no water treatment plant and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is yet to begin with the pipe rerouting work. Veena, a resident of the area said, “After incessant complaining by the residents of the area, the authorities took notice and began the rejuvenation work at the lake. Few days later, the work abruptly stopped. The construction debris around the lake has encouraged people to dump garbage around the lake.” Residents have alleged that the drain water from nearby apartments flow into the lake and is enabling the rise of disease-carrying mosquitoes in the area. “The BWSSB is supposed to reroute drainage water to a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). But, the dirty water is still seen to be discharged into the lake,” complained a resident of the area. Harsha Bhatt, manager of the nearby Hayagreeva Dharmika Mandira choultry complains, “Due to the stench and the mosquito population, we have lost business. If the water is not channelized before the monsoon, it could lead to flooding in the area. ” Ramesh, an urban activist who filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in 2012 to restore the lake with the Karnataka High Court told Mirror, “The total area of the lake is approximately about 26 guntas (59 acres). Only 25% of the construction has been completed so far. How can the rains recharge this lake and how will we put it to use? The monsoon is close. What are the authorities waiting for?” When contacted Shiva Shankar, Chief Engineer, Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA), he promised, “We’ll complete the lake rejuvenation work in another one month. We have also requested the BBMP to clean-up the garbage in the lake surroundings. The work is going on.”