With as many as 262 lakes, ponds and marshy wetlands, Bengaluru was once famously known as ‘City of Lakes’. The city’s waterbodies played a vital role in regulating temperatures, addressing water needs, ensuring high level of groundwater table and providing open spaces for recreational activities. However owing to anthropogenic activities and population pressures leading to unplanned urbanization in recent times, Bengaluru has lost most its lakes and other waterbodies discharge of industrial effluents, domestic sewage and unregulated dumping of solid wastes. A number of lakes have also fallen prey to unaccountable encroachment resulting in drastic shrinkage of waterbodies in the city. In order to create a more sustainable environment, NBF has envisioned the Kere Habba program to create awareness on lake / water conservation and local community participation in environment related activities.
Current Scenario:About the Lake: This lake covers around 38.05 acres and it is located on survey no 85 of Bangalore East Taluk.
Existing Flora and Fauna found in the Lake: Sandalwood, Water Cabbage, Water Reed, Water Hyacinth, Purple Jamun tree and rain tree. Water Wren, Eggeret, Kite
Neighborhood Lake Requirements:
Areas of support
Water quality test and monitoring of the lake
1. Carry out 5 metal tests to check the quality of the water every quarter( 5000*4= 20000)
2. Conduct basic water test using samples from 4 different location of the lake every quarter. (2500*4*4= 40,000)
3. Develop maps identifying the lake boundary along with 30 Mts and 75 Mts buffer, identifying Rajakaluves and their buffer zones, distributing this information digitally and through maps ( 1,00,000).
and cleaning drive
1. Cleaning drive – Picking up non- biodegradable waste in the lake area and disposing it appropriately, make the lake clean and plastic free.
2. Conduct a workshop on importance of waste segregation and waste management.
3. Reduce garbage problem in locality by waste segregation at source and composting at homes
Little lake keepers club
1. Create awareness regarding the protection and preservation of the lakes.
2. Flora and Fauna Identification Workshop with a leading expert
3. Support the lake association to form “Little lake keepers club”
4. For children between the age of 7 to 12 years
5. Conduct activities such “know your lake”, “Identify birds and plants in the lake” through drawing, coloring competitions and quiz
Promote Rain water harvesting and solar power
1. Educate & promote Rain Water Harvesting to overcome water shortage
2. Awareness on Grid connected solar and opportunities to save power
1. Volunteers to help to conduct the above mentioned activities.
2. Bring community together and improve citizen participation in environment matters
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