The bright lights illuminating walkways around lakes may be keeping out the original denizens of the lake ecosystem: birds, bats, and other insects. Currently, most of the lake rejuvenation projects come with a package of walking paths, open-air gyms, and other facilities that turn the area into a public space. But night lighting within the lake premises adversely affects the fauna, say researchers and activists.
Several lakes, including two lakes in Vidyaranyapura, Jakkur lake, Allalasandra lake and Agara lake, have night lighting. Many detailed project reports for lake rejuvenation by the BBMP and BDA, which are in the pipeline, have proposals for walkways and street lights. Subramanya, an avid bird watcher and researcher, said lights were never part of the lake ecosystem and he was at a loss as to why they are being introduced now. Lighting up such ecosystems will also adversely affect the patterns of nocturnal creatures like bats, owls and several insects, he said. Unless these areas have lights, they become dens for anti-social elements like drug peddlers, drunkards and, many times, even prostitution, said an official. However, activists argue that lighting up the lakes to prevent anti-social elements made little sense.
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