Of gods & lakes
I was amazed to read that following the Ganesha festival last month, about 1.50 lakh immersions of the idols took place into the Ulsoor lake.
Of particular concern was this paragraph from the Hindu report of Oct 16 which stated:
Exactly a month after the Ganesha festival, the Ulsoor Lake continues to be strewn with remains of large idols of the deity and offerings devotedly made to him. What is worse is that public disregard for pollution norms has meant that the water surrounding the kalyani (the structure built specifically for idol immersions) has also become dirty and malodorous.
Since seeing is believing I decided to check out the lake for myself. Here are some snaps for your viewing.
Around the Kalyani, things look deceptively ok. Its only on closer inspection then one gets the feeling that things are not as they seem. Certainly, beneath the surface, are remnants of the idols that have been immersed. Only *ahem* god knows the depth of the pollution.
Next to the kalyani is where more of the damage seems to have taken place. This much is totally true.
Outside the kalyani, bits and pieces of flotsam and dried flowers stuffed in plastic covers have polluted the lake.
Worse still is the scene at the eastern end of the lake, adjacent to Swami Vivekananda Park, where it appears that the water is being contaminated by sewage.
Question time now for the BBMP. If they want to absolve themselves from loss of life and injury, who is to be held accountable and responsible for turning into what could be a pristine water body like the Ulsoor Lake into one unholy mess?