Kupendra Reddy visualizes a Bengaluru which is a developed city along with ample greenery, clean lakes, wide roads, and good urban planning. Being one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the population in Bengaluru has almost doubled in less than two decades. This has brought growth, prosperity and diversity to the city. This has also brought in a multitude of issues such as unrelenting traffic, diminishing green cover, disappearing lakes, garbage disposal woes and others.

As the city continues to grow, the responsibility falls on each of us to do our bit. Good planning, combined with an active citizenry, is the only way that we can ensure that Bengaluru retains its position as one of the best cities to live in India.


At one time, Bengaluru was known as the City of Lakes. Urbanization has taken a heavy toll on the beautiful lakes in Bengaluru. In 1985, there were 51 healthy lakes in Bengaluru; now only 17 lakes exist. As someone who has grown up seeing and enjoying the beautiful ecosystem around lakes such as the Bellandur lake, the diminishing number and quality of Bengaluru’s lakes is something that he finds particularly heartbreaking.

There are several undesirable consequences ranging from frequent flooding and diminishing diversity of flora and fauna. Also, lakes are a source of beauty and give some respite from the unrelenting urban landscape. In addition, lakes play a role in boosting groundwater in surrounding areas.

Therefore, saving our lakes needs to be a priority. The Bellandur Lake in Whitefield has become a poster child for all the problems faced by lakes in Bengaluru. Kupendra Reddy had filed a petition asking authorities to clean the lake and take measures to prevent the lake from being polluted. That is a battle that is still ongoing.


Infrastructure development and planning are the key challenges for a growing city like Bengaluru. Kupendra Reddy believes that smart land planning coupled with good connectivity through multiple channels are some of the ways to overcome the challenges and make Bengaluru a truly smart city.

Moreover, there is a need for effective water management to cater to the growing needs of the city. Kupendra Reddy has been instrumental in implementing water conservation measures like rainwater harvesting and reusing treated water in many of his infrastructure projects. He firmly believes that implementing this model on a bigger scale can help us overcome the water crisis in Namma Bengaluru.


Bengaluru’s unrelenting growth has also meant a massive growth in the amount of garbage being generated each day. As per some reports, the garbage generated in the city has gone from 200 tonnes per day in 2000-01 to a massive 3700 tonnes per day in 2017. That’s a growth of 1,750% in less than twenty years. There are several causes for this huge jump in volume.

Kupendra Reddy has implemented various sustainable waste management practices in his personal life, as well as several of his infrastructure projects such as composting, waste segregation, recycling, etc. He believes that if each of us takes responsibility for the waste generated at an individual level, almost all of our waste management issues will be solved.


For any growing city, planning and governance are intrinsically linked. There needs to be a well thought out process in terms of zoning of land, especially in new areas and layout.

Kupendra Reddy has a vision for Bengaluru which is properly planned, well connected and has access to all the facilities required for a better living. In his capacity as the MP of Rajya Sabha, he has voiced his opinions and written many letters to different Government organisations, thereby successfully solving several issues faced by the citizens of Bengaluru.

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