Varthur

Varthur is a suburb situated in the Eastern periphery of Bangalore City and part of the internationally famous Whitefield township. Varthur was a Hobli, but now a part of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. Varthur was a Legislative Assembly in the state of Karnataka but, was split into three legislative assemblies C.V.Raman Nagar, Mahadevapura and Krishnarajapura in the year 2008. It is also one of the wards of BBMP. Varthur is very close to ITPB.

There are many IT industries in Varthur Hobli. The head office of one of the largest IT Industry, Wipro Technologies is situated at Doddakannelli, Varthur Hobli. Some other companies like Cisco Systems, ARM, Aricent Group, etc. are situated in Varthur Hobli

At Varthur, people celebrate, Brahmarathotsava of Sri Chennaraya Swamy, which happens on the day of Ratha Saptami. It is one of the famous events that happen in this area. Two days later is Karaga of Sri Draupathamma (Draupadi) at Sri Dharmaraya Swamy (Yudhisthira) temple, which happens in night being visited by thousands of people from Varthur, Gunjur, Madhuranagara, Whitefield, Ramagondannahalli, Balagere, Sorahunase, Immadihalli, Harohalli, Muthsandra, Kotur.

Varthur BMTC Bus Number

BMTC Bus Numbers are 329 and 340. Distance from Varthur Police Station to GR Tech Park, Whitefield Main Road, Bengaluru is 6.5 km and takes around 16 min via SH 35.

Varthur Lake

The lake ecosystem is an integral part of Bangalore, although unplanned urbanisation and industrialisation have led to the contamination of these water bodies. Varthur Lake is the second largest lake in Bangalore city and also one of the most polluted lakes in Bangalore. Its ecosystem is under continuous degradation because of sewage water from Bangalore, entering the lake from Bellandur Lake further upstream. This is a man made lake, built by Ganga kings over thousands of years ago for agriculture and domestic uses but now the lake is receiving 40% of the sewage water from Bangalore for over 50 years resulting in eutrophication.

Rejuvenation of Varthur Lake

  Sun, 02 Jan  
2022
Spread over 800 acres, the Varthur Lake is one of the largest waterbodies in the Bengaluru South taluk. Notably, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in a research paper had stated that the Bellandur Lake is connected to the surrounding wetlands that drain into the Varthur Lake and, finally, into the Dakshina Pinakini river. The total farm land irrigated by the Varthur Lake amounts to 625 hectares. Over the past decade, rapid urbanisation in the area has led to a deterioration in the water quality of the Varthur Lake.

In 2016, the state government appointed an expert committee that drafted a set of recommendations to address the issues at Varthur and Bellandur lakes. However, the government never implemented the recommendations.

Finally, the citizens took up the cudgels to protect the lake and in June 2018, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) constituted a monitoring committee under former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde to oversee the implementation of directions related to the rejuvenation of the Varthur Lake.

NGT dissolved the monitoring committee in March 2021 and handed over the baton to oversee the rejuvenation of the lake carried out jointly by government agencies, including the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), revenue department and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar. However, experts have pointed out that the restoration work slowed down considerably after the monitoring committee was dissolved.

In 2020, the BDA had proposed to construct a biodiversity park on 16.6 acres around the Varthur Lake. However, the idea was shot down by the NGT after it was pointed out that the plan would impact the water-holding capacity of the lake.

On March 27 2021, The Karnataka Tank Conservation and Development Authority (KTCDA) has cleared the detailed project reports (DPR) on rejuvenating the highly-polluted Bellandur and Varthur lakes, nearly two years after the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) started the lake revival work on the ground. The BDAchose to seek KTCDA’s approval in December last year, only after some residents took the officials to task in different public forums. Both these projects are estimated to cost a total of Rs 369 crore.