The landscape in and around Bangalore is dotted with hundreds of man-made lakes which were originally irrigation tanks constructed over the past centuries. They were also important as sources of drinking water, for washing, fishing and wider aquatic habitat. As the city grew, agricultural lands got converted into built-up areas, and the importance of tanks as irrigation structures declined. While some traditional uses continue, viz., washing, fishing, and reed collection, the lakes have gained much more importance for the environmental amenities they provide in a highly urbanized context, viz., recreational space, micro-climatic benefits, aquatic and bird habitat, including the birds that migrate from far ofa region for breeding purposes, for vegetable growingin the downstreamareas, groundwater recharge, etc.
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