Bellandur Lake is the largest lake in Bangalore city and its surroundings, spread over an area of 950 acres of land.
Activities in Bellandur Lake
It was once used by the villagers for swimming and other recreational activities. Bellandur Lake water is used for agriculture purpose. It extends to a length of 361.3 hectare and has a breath of 3.6 Km
Today, this lake is subjected to deep pollution with a large portion of Bangalore's sewage, from two of the valleys namely Challaghtatta and Koramangala. It receives water/sewage from Ulsoor Lake, Chellaghatta Valley, Hulimavu, Doddbegur drain, Madivaala Lake, Tavarrrakere, Bellandur Lake and overflows into Varthur Lake. However, restoration work is being carried on here for the preservation of this large water body and the lake is conserved in good condition.
Pollution of Bellandur Lake
The Bellandur Lake's pollution problems began in the 1990s. Till date there has been no solution in sight, and things are worsening. From a distance, the blobs around Bellandur Lake appear to be giant tufts of cotton, lazily drifting on the wind. The pristine white and the soft texture, however, belie a dangerous import. It is a pointer to the levels of pollution in the lake.
Researchers from the Department of Environmental Science, Bangalore University, have recorded increased amount of oil contamination in Bellandur Lake, which is polluting both the lake water and the underlying water table of areas around the lake.
Stress to lakes arises from easily identifiable point sources such as municipal and industrial wastewater, and non-point sources such as urban and agricultural run-off within a lake's watershed, and insidious long-range atmospheric transport of contaminants.
Bellandur Lake BMTC Bus Route
Distance from Bellandur Lake to Jayanagar, Bengaluru is 13.0 km and takes around 30 min via outer ring road. Distance from Murugeshpalya to Bellandur Lake is 8.3 km and travel time is around 24 min via Wind Tunnel Road. Distance from Bellandur Lake to Banashankari, Bengaluru is 16.8 km and takes around 1 h 6 min via Sarjapur Main Road.Distance from Bellandur to Phoenix Mall Whitefield is 14 Km.