Located strategically in Bengaluru-Chennai industrial corridor, Anekal taluk has emerged to be Bengaluru’s industrial hub, especially for the highly polluting Chemical & Pharmaceutical industries. While this industrial development is a remarkable economic success for Bengaluru vis-a-vis India, unfortunately, it has also resulted in extraordinary negative externalities in the form of pollution, esp. of rivers, lakes & underground aquifers.
The grossly polluted and overexploited underground aquifers are the source of drinking water. As a result, taluk’s population and economic activities are in utter need of water, not just any quality of water, but clean & safe water. The need for clean water in the taluk’s Pharmaceutical industries has resulted in Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) supplying Cauvery water to many Pharmaceutical industries, including Biocon. However, ordinary citizens still depend on vanishing & unsafe groundwater for drinking. So, there is an urgent need to address quality, quantity, and equity concerns in the heavily water-stressed region of Anekal.
This platform provides the necessary data points for citizens & policymakers to address these concerns.
This page has numerous volunteer contributors one of them being Srivalli Kiran, whose work on Landcover is acknowledged.
The Rivers, Lakes & Watershed of Anekal Taluk map-data visualization shows, as the name says, Rivers – Chinnar, Suvarnamukhi & Dakshina Pinakini, 285 lakes and their cascading connectivity and five watersheds spread over ~533 sq. kms of Anekal Taluk. The lake area, capacity, and custodian are given. Stressors such as Industrial Areas, Quarries,Industrial Common Effluent Treatment Plants, Industrial & Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants & Transport Infrastructure like roads & railways are marked.
Click here to read the extensive map-data narrative.
This map has been possible because of the support of numerous activists who work on the ground.