|No Construction near Lakes, Says BBMP|
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has banned all constructions on the lakes in Bengaluru, saying water bodies cannot be used for any purposes other than for storing water. Quoting the 2014 and 2016 orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the civic body has prohibited the construction of any structures in the lake area affecting the natural flow of water. A circular from BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar invoked Section 12 of the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority Act, 2014, while issuing the direction. The circular also noted that the revised master plan 2015, while directing BBMP officials to ensure that the rules are not violated.