Karkala: Anekere lake shrinking due to apathy and neglect

Karkala: Anekere lake shrinking due to apathy and neglect

R B Jagadish
Daijiworld Media Network – Karkala (EP)

Karkala, Oct 25: The historic Anekere lake has started shrinking in area over the recent years. While the indifference of the government is a prime reason for it, the land grabbers are also to be blamed.

Though the area of the lake in government records is 24 acres, it has shrunk to 14 acres now. The age-old Anekere is divided to form Sigadikere. A road passes between the lake and a large portion of the lake has been illegally acquired and converted into agricultural land by people.

As King Pandya the sixth had built a Basadi in between the lake, called “Kerebasadi”. As elephants used to play in the lake during the rule of Bairavarasa, it was named “Anekere”.

The present Anekere and Sigadikere are the sources of water for local people. As the lake does not dry up even during scorching heat of summer, the wells in the vicinity also have water in them. Though there is no scarcity of water here, the ineffective drainage system has made the well water dirty and created artificial scarcity of water. Several types of water creatures, birds and flower plants can be found here. Besides that, rare red lotus can also be found.

Dangerous weeds

The weeds have spread over the lake and adversely affected the growth of red lotus. Though several groups are coming forward to rid the lake of weeds since 1990, they keep growing back and rising like the phoenix.

Ban on fishing

Kantavara Beedu’s K B Jinnaraj, advocate and leader of Karnataka unification committee had written to the then British government that it is against the teachings of Jainism to catch fish in the lake. The British who supported his argument banned fishing in the lake. The ban is still in force and nobody comes for fishing here. Those who do are arrested by the police and released after warnings.

Need for development

A main road passes through the side of the lake which is likely to be made two way. There are appeals to construct seating arrangements like in stadiums when the wall is built at the edge of the road. The arrangement is bound to enhance the beauty of the lake besides being useful for the citizens.

Social organizations and citizens need to come forward to maintain the park. It is necessary to remove weeds and stop the release of drainage water to the lake.

Shivaram Karanth's role in saving the lake

When the land was found scarce for a bus stand, a proposal was made to fill a portion of the lake and build the bus stand there. As it would impact the environment, there was a protest against it. Shivarama Karanth also had joined the protest. The lake ultimately remained intact.
Rehmat, president of Karkala municipal council has said that Anekere is getting neglected by the irrigation department. As Anekere is in the heart of Karkala its neglect is a blemish in the beauty of the town. Hence the government will be requested for special grant for its renovation and maintenance, he said.


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  • shah, nitte

    Tue, Jan 12 2016

    if we think in a technical manner we should find some solution for the development of karkala . we should make awareness programs related to the growth of weeds in the lake due to which there is pollution in the lake.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Oct 26 2013

    Gadkari Gatti Thinphing
    Therefore not Shrinking....

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 26 2013

    It is true that Anekere is not maintained but it is still an historical point. What a privilege to pass this place. The beautification of this place should be given only to the experts under the supervision of ASI. The project should be approved by the people before starting any work.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Regret to know that our historical Anekere Lake of Karkal is shrinking.Hope the concerned authories and the local administration do the needful to arrest the present status and take appropriate steps to preserve it properly.Thanq.

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  • Jaison Dsilva , Dubai

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    And sell as karkala pura Sabah layout!!! What a idea sirji!!!

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  • Arman, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    What a tragedy for karkala people, we have been ignored from past some years inspite of CM from karkala .......

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  • Mendonca, Kudla

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Let us fill it up and make a nice public park or public office building.

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  • wilma, udupi

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Bhandarkar mama,murking jaavn ani saiping mathr urla neyve?lokak bod sama na dekun dysliking.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Anee Kaalen Go Wilma...
    Addes - 3 Rupayeecho Piyaavu- 100 Rupaayee Moler! Cabbage, Kaarten Apdoonk Zaayna!!
    Ho- Haanga 'Talen Sukhtaa Kaheen'!
    Amcho Mando Suklaa Thaaje Kaalen Korche??
    Soma Naigee Haaven Saangle??

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  • wilma, udupi

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Voy mama sarke

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  • Rolphy Almeida, Udupi/Bangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Most of the lakes in Karnataka are the victims of government's negligence. Dangerous weeds are growing and multiplying in almost all the lakes in Bangalore. Beautiful Hebbal lake in Bangalore was deep, now it has become shallow and weeds are multiplying day by day since last year.Nobody is interested in maintaining the lake.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Arre Yaar...When we are shrinking
    under the onslaught of price-rise, corruption, choicest apathy
    and neglect..What big deal Anekere Lake?
    Enkley Murkondu Ulla...
    Kere Murkundaa Dhaane Mallah ....Panle??

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Nama sari murkodu aanda Anekere riperi aavodu atte Bhandarkarmamere?

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Enklena Bethe 'Type' da Murrkhing...
    Kerethaa Bethene....R.B. Jagdisher
    expert aite...Athe jagdishere??

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Anekere is shrinking..
    Indian rupee is shrinking..
    Onion in kitchen is shrinking..
    In parliament MPs number shrinking.
    Important politicians are shrinkng.
    Our jail rooms are shrinking..
    Nandini milk quality is shrinking..
    JDS party is shrinking..
    KJP is shrinking..
    MMS is shrinking..
    Sonia is shrinking..
    Gadkari is not shrinking..
    What is special if anekere is shrinking?
    like so many things are shrinking..

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Some disagree 'Pressing' even while 'Murrkhing'....

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Ane, Kere, Tavare Na.. Na. Murkhing, Murkhing!

    Pun, Ami tumche ani Prabhunche kaments vachun telping, telping!

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sat, Oct 26 2013

    D'souza mam,Doni ghadi hassun kaadi.......

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