How to Protect Lakes and Raja Kaluves?

A webinar on Lake Conservation was conducted by ESG on 20th December 2022.  This session was mainly organised to benefit activists, researchers, public officials and also concerned citizens to explain how to use judicial orders, government orders and various other laws relating to lakes for the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of tank/lakes, ponds, raja kaluves, and such other water commons.  

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Building Environmental Jurisprudence to Reclaim Lakes as Commons for Posterity: Compilation of ESG Lake Work

Collated here are petitions, affidavits, memos and notes filed by ESG to protect lakes of Karnataka before Karnataka High Court (WP 817/2008 & WP 38401/2014) and Supreme Court of India (Civil Appeal 17166/2013). You will also find here judicial orders, reports and laws that are an outcome of this ongoing effort. This section will be updated frequently.

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A New Chapter in Decentralised Governance of Lakes of Karnataka: Principal Bench of Karnataka High Court directs the State to constitute District Lake Protection Committees in Environment Support Group v. State of Karnataka (WP No. 817 of 2008)

On 15 June 2021, the Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Abhay Oka pronounced an order that will significantly change lake governance across Karnataka state, in rural and urban areas. This order will now pave the way for truly decentralised governance of lakes as commons, allowing the local public direct access to these Committees. The order was issued in response to an application made by Leo F. Saldanha, Coordinator of Environment Support Group, who sought modifications to the landmark 2012 judgment in ESG’s Lakes PIL Environment Support Group v. State of Karnataka (W.P. No. 817/2008), to strengthen lake governance from the ground up.

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Karnataka High Court directs Revenue Secretary to demonstrate compliance in ESG Lakes PIL

For almost two years now, Chief Justice Mr. Abhay Oka of the High Court of Karnataka has systematically developed jurisprudence to protect lakes as our commons, and for posterity. This is being achieved by his orders in a PIL filed by Citizens Action Group (CAG) PIL (WP 38401/2014). The jurisprudence reaffirms a schema for protecting and rehabilitating lakes based on their ground up monitoring, and for their rehabilitation through public involvement while ensuring regulatory oversight is transparent and accountable.

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An Invitation to Join Survey of Lakes of Bangalore as Wetland Ecosystems and Waterfowl Habitats

Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Mr. Abhay Oka has directed the State Government to extend assistance for the survey of Lakes of Bangalore as Waterfowl Habitats

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“How to Protect Lakes using Recent Judicial Directions” & “Presenting the Status of BBMP Wards: Results from Citizen Led Survey”

Invitation to “How to Protect Lakes using Recent Judicial Directions” and “Presenting the Status of BBMP Wards: Results from Citizen Led Survey”.

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Workshop On Wise Use, Rehabilitation, Conservation And Protection Of Lakes And Their Canal Networks In Karnataka

Workshop Invitation 22 September 2012 ; Time: 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm ; Venue: SCM House, 29, 2nd Cross, CSI

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Karnataka High Court Institutes Decentralised Management And Regulation Of Conservation And Protection Of Karnataka’s Lakes And Canal Networks

Unprecedented decision gives new lease of life to build water and ecological security of Karnataka 31 August 2012 Downloads: ESG

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Landmark initiative of Karnataka High Court stops the destruction and degeneration of lakes of Bangalore Over 400 lakes to be immediately protected and rehabilitated in an ecologically wise and socially just manner spread over 1200 sq. kms. of Bangalore urban region

3 March 2011 Downloads:Complete report of the committee constituted by the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka to examine the ground

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