Bengaluru: India Inc on Wednesday, came forward to adopt six lakes in Bengaluru for rejuvenation, said the industry apex body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Six water bodies that are adopted by the industry are Doddathogur
lake by Elcia, Kenchenhalli lake by Meritor CVC India Ltd, Shikaripalya by Wipro, Maragondanahalli lake by Timken India Ltd and Yarandahalli lake and Kammasandra lake by Biocon.

According to reports, five firms have signed an agreement with the
Karnataka government to adopt the lakes, which are located in and around the city at the annual meet of the CII.

Admiring the India Inc for their initiative in adopting the lakes,
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy urged the industry to adopt more lakes and other water bodies across the southern state to protect the environment.

"As our government is committed to rejuvenating lakes across
the state, we will support any corporate coming forward to assist us in saving them," said Kumaraswamy.

State industry minister KJ George said the industry had offered to
partially fund the metro rail project from Silk Board junction in the city's southwest suburb to KR Puram junction in the northeast suburb.

"Work is on in full swing to complete the 72 km route in the
second phase of the metro network after completing 42 km in the first phase across the city. The industry will partially fund the Silk Board-KR Puram line through a unique funding method," said George.

Speaking to Newsable, environmentalist Sumathy said, "According to me, the government should also be responsible in taking care of the water bodies and not just letting the industry to adopt more lakes. There should be a systematic approach to the lake division and they must provide a budget. There should be an analysed budget approach and the government authorities should not just let others come and adopt the lakes. The government should also take equal responsibility."