The Lake That Became a Sports Stadium



In this article, we narrate the story of how Sampangi Lake, a central lake that was once a very important component of the city's water supply, became a contested site fought over by British polo players and Indian orchard owners. It later transformed into a sports stadium, which ironically also is the site of water conservation meetings today.

Author Biographies

Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University, India

Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. Prof. Nagendra is a recipient of a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award for her research and practice on issues of the urban commons. Her 2016 book “Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future” examines the implications of environmental change for urban sustainability in cities of the global Global South.

Hita Unnikrishnan, Sheffield University, UK

Hita Unnikrishnan is a Newton International Fellow at Sheffield University. Her research interests include the historical and contemporary uses of urban commons, social ecological systems, and the interplay between society, nature, and culture. Her recent doctoral thesis explores the changing nature of the vulnerabilities of urban lakes’ social-ecological systems in Bangalore.