Bangalore: A Parched
Tanks and lakes have played an important
role in the water history of Karnataka. As a major part of Karnataka
is in the rainshadow region of the Deccan Plateau, tanks and
lakes were the primary sources of drinking water and irrigation.
Most of these tanks were built in the pre-British days. A linked
chain of such tanks was created in each region. Situated in
the same catchment area, the surplus water from one tank would
flow into another situated below or at a lower level.
In the absence of a river source close by, Bangalore has
always depended heavily on lakes and tanks. Kempe Gowda, founder
of modern Bangalore, built a number of tanks in the 15th century.
Some of them are Kempambudhi tank, Dharmambudhi tank, Sampangi
tank and Siddikatte kere.