The denizens are concerned with the receding water level in the Upper Lake, lifeline of the city, with the advent of summer.
Other than summers the lake is also shrinking due to the several dams that have come up on the canals which feed the lake. Several dams have come up on an important source of water which comes from Sehore. This situation is even more alarming as presently only few areas of Bhopal are being supplied water through the lake.
Whereas, earlier, when the entire Bhopal was supplied water through the lake, no issue of falling water level ever arose. Denizens are concerned as to how, when three sources of water including Kolar, Narmada and Upper Lake, the water level in the lake is falling. The lake has dried up at several places along the boat club to Raja Bhoj Setu, from Retghat to VIP road to Khanugaon and till Lalghati. The water level has fallen from 1666 to 1650 feet, already, when the summer is yet to arrive fully. In summers it usually remains, at 1656 but this year it has fallen to 1650 feet.
Ex-director of Bhopal nagarik sahkari bank Maqsood Ali said the lake has been the favorite area his family has been visiting for three generations now. He says he has served in the bank for twenty years and after the work, he along with his wife visits the lake, like a routine. The lake is drying up and it is really hurting them but there is no fault of anyone as only rain fills it and we are hoping extra rain this year.
Another resident of the area Abdul Rehman says that he takes a walk along the VIP road, in every season and that the situation of the lake is not as worse as it was in 2009. He expresses hope the rain water will fill the lake like ever and the residents will always take it as their favourite spot for hanging out that has been a trend for several generations of Bhopal.
Mohammad Amin, a resident of Bhopal and a sportsperson says that he takes a walk near the lake every morning and it hardly matters whatever be the water-level our bond with the lake remains unaffected. But certainly it is a point of concern if the lake dries up even when summer has not arrived, what will it turn into, in the peak of the season.
Shafique Khan, a BJP leader says that his house is located along the VIP road and every morning the view of lake refreshes him for the day. The falling water level in the lake is against the spirit of Bhopal, he says.