SAVING BENGALURU’S NATURAL BEAUTY BY REVIVING THE CITY’S WATER BODIES AND TURNING THEM INTO COMMUNITY-NURTURED SPACES
- To free the lake from garbage, effluents and other pollutants; restore the water quality.
- To revive the eco-system in and around the lake by creating micro climate for aquatic flora and fauna.
- To bring about community ownership through active volunteerism.
Wake the Lake is our flagship campaign to revive the Garden City’s dying lakes. We bring together the civic bodies, corporates and citizens to reclaim the local lakes, improve the quality of water, and turn them into active community spaces.
As part of the initiative, we:
- Free the lake from garbage, effluents and other pollutants; restore the water quality.
- Revive the eco-system in and around the lake by creating micro climate for aquatic flora and fauna.
- Bring about community ownership through active volunteerism.
Each revived lake is assessed on parameters that measure the lake’s ‘community-friendly’ index. The score card helps us evaluate the success of the initiative and chart out the next steps.
United Way Bengaluru will implement this Program in the community by forming a Consortium of the following stake holders:
- Volunteers – United Way will mobilize local volunteers and corporate volunteers.
- Government Agencies – to engage them closely in the implementation of the program and seek their intervention as and when required. Share with the progress of the program.
- Corporate Partners – Engage the corporate India through Corporate Social Responsibility contribution, volunteers and best practices to deliver the program of high quality.
KNOW THE FACTS
- According to a study, the water bodies of the city have reduced from 3.40 per cent in 1973 to just about 1.47 per cent in 2005
- The built up area increased from 27.30 per cent to 45.19 per cent during the same period.
- Decline in the water quality.
- Deterioration of flora and fauna, due to depletion of dissolved oxygen.
- Reduced precipitation, as lake spaces have turned into constructed areas.
- Loss of sanctuaries for birds.
- Increase in environment-related diseases.
- Frequent flooding and micro–climatic changes in the city.
- Loss of livelihood for the fishing community and washermen.
With the immense support from United Way Bengaluru, the once obscure Kaudenahlli Lake has now become a household name. People from far off places have started to visit the lake to witness its positive development. The enhancement of bio-diversity and the abundance of fish in the lake has brought back many species of birds back which is an indicator that the rejuvenation work is headed in the right direction.
Narayanappa, President of KR Puram Kere Mathu Parisara Samrakshana Trust,
which manages the Kaudenahalli Lake
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