The famous lake in Mysuru 'Lingambudhi' to sport a new look. The forest department to develop the lake at the cost of Rs 1.74 crore, on lines of Karanaji Lake.
Beautification of the entrance and garden area, development of five artificial islands, drinking water and toilet facilities, walking path, amphitheater, children play area have been planned.
Rashi & Nakshatra Vana (Star Garden) will be renovated and watch towers will be constructed at two places. Plantation programme will be taken up over 25 acres of land and 'Mantapa' in the lake will be renovated. Aerial view point to lake will be constructed in two places.
By improvising the artificial islands nesting and breeding of birds will be encouraged, and suitable works are being done to make the rain water reach the lake easily. Solar lamps will be installed and Sergola structure will be erected. This apart, a Butterfly park and walkways to reach lake will be constructed and provision for boating will also be made.
Spread over a sprawling area of 216 acres, located in Srirampura, the lake attract more than 42 species of butterflies, 200 species of birds; while more than 50 species of trees are found. With the proposed development works more species of birds are expected to come.
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change under ‘Nagar Vana-Udyan Yojana’ have identified 200 cities to take up the development works, of which Lingabudhi Lake is one.
'The water in the lake is soiling with sewage water entering. The officials should first take measures to stop the flow. With construction of toilets and providing drinking water facility hundreds of people visiting the lake will be benefited immensely,' says Jayashree a regular walker in the lake area.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) V Karikalan said that works will start beginning August second week, and added that letter correspondence has been done with MCC and MUDA officials to construct sewage treatment plant at six places.
* The lake constructed in 1828, was named after Lingajammani wife of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III.
* The land was handed over to forest department in 2001, and notified in 2011.
* The watershed area is about 38 acres.
* Entering of sewage water is a biggest problem
* Migratory birds from Asia, Eastern Europe come here for nexrting during winter.