The British high commission has offered technical expertise to rejuvenate the Arkavathy river.
Water resources minister M B Patil on Wednesday said the British high commissioner met the principal secretary for water resources recently, and agreed to give consultative support to develop river Arkavathy, once a main source of drinking water for Bangalore, on the lines of the river Thames in London. “The assistance will be in mapping the river route and on what needs to be done for its rejuvenation. Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), too, have come forward to fund the detailed project report and consultancy,” he said.
The total catchment area of the Arkavathy is around 6,000 hectares, and its length is around 80km. It takes birth in Nandi Hills and passes through various places.