A FIR was lodged on Thursday against 20 government officials and 6 builders by the Bangalore Metro Politan Task Force (BMPTF) after recommendations from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner Manjunath Prasad. Prasad was a part of the meeting of the Joint Committee on Tank encroachment. The meeting was headed by the Speaker K B Koliwad. Earlier in January 2016, a report was submitted by the Koliwad committee, which stated that 835 lakes were safe in the city of Bengaluru whereas at least 645 lakes have been affected by illegal construction.
During the Joint Committee meeting, Prasad said that 75 lakes were under the BBMP and Google maps had helped them identify lakes located within 30-75 metre buffer zones. It has been reported that 1,754 buildings have been constructed between 30-35 metre buffer zones and 4,200 buildings had been constructed within the 30-75 metre buffer zones. These set of buildings include 50 high rise buildings within 15 metres of the lakes.
The rampant encroachment of lakes in the city has led to the death of 112 of the 835 lakes in the Bangalore Urban area. Only 166 of the 1,545 lakes in the Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts have been declared free of encroachments. The Legislative Assembly released documents in January 2016, revealing these statistics. Earlier yesterday, the BBMP had recommended names of 20 government officials who have allowed illegal encroachments in the city. 6 of these officials had retired but the rest have been suspended effective immediately.