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Jakkur lake
Jakkur lake
 • TypeMunicipal Corporation
 • BodyBruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike
 • Total23.96 km2 (9.25 sq mi)
 • Total20,964
 • Density870/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

Jakkur (also spelled Jakkuru) is a suburb in the northern part of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Located on the eastern side of the National Highway 44 between Yelahanka and Hebbal, the area is best known for the Jakkur Aerodrome and Jakkur lake.

Jakkur Aerodrome[edit]

The Jakkur Aerodrome, spread over 200 acres, was opened in 1948 and is the only dedicated general aviation field in the city. The Government Flying Training School[1] (GFTS), one of the oldest flying schools in the country, is located in Jakkur.[2]

Jakkur lake[edit]

A spot-billed pelican taking off at the Jakkur lake.

The Jakkur lake is a 160-acre lake constructed over two centuries ago to cater to the water requirements of the Jakkur village.[3] The lake, which was highly polluted by sewage and waste in 2005, was revived by treating the sewage water which enters the lake and then passing it through a man-made constructed wetland before it flowed through an algae pound that removed most of the nitrates and phosphates.[4] However, in 2016, it was reported that the water quality has worsened due to increased levels of nitrates, phosphates, ammonia and algae.[3]

The lake is also a source of drinking water for nearby villages that do not have access to Cauvery water.[5] The lake used to attract a large number of migratory birds from other countries and has seen a fall in this number in recent years.[6] Since the rejuvenation of the lake, there was an increase in the fish population in the lake, resulting in the nesting of water birds such as the pelicans.[7]


  1. ^ "Government Flying Training School :: Home Jakkur Aerodrome Bangalore". www.gfts.kar.nic.in. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Metro to take off after grounding Jakkur club". Bangalore Mirror. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Joshi, Bharath (18 July 2016). "Bengaluru's Jakkur lake turns wasteland; redesign begins". The Economic Times. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Can Jakkur model save Bellandur Lake?". Deccan Chronicle. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  5. ^ G N, Prashanth (14 September 2014). "Jakkur lake cries for help". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  6. ^ "The death and rebirth of Jakkur lake". Deccan Herald. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  7. ^ Upadhye, Amit S. (20 July 2015). "Lake turns pink, pelicans throng Jakkur". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 10 September 2017.

Coordinates: 13°05′N 77°36′E / 13.083°N 77.600°E / 13.083; 77.600