Peace Ride: Restoration of Horamavu Lake, KR Puram

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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:

a)   Horamavu Agara Kere is a 50.34 acre lake in Horamavu Ward (#25 BBMP) in the northern part of Bengaluru. It comes under the KR Puram assembly constituency area and the BBMP’s Mahadevapura Zone.
b)  The lake is under the administrative jurisdiction of the BDA
c)   Horamavu Agara Kere is in very bad shape and is struggling to remain as a lake. Untreated sewage is being let into it; garbage, construction waste, and other debris are being dumped; land around the lakes is being rapidly encroached upon; and the natural inlet and outlet drains are being blocked by unscrupulous persons.
d)  Given the above, there is an immediate need to raise awareness about the lake among the local community, and draw the attention of the authorities to save the lake.

Mentioned below are the areas for support for active community participation and sustained efforts.

Neighborhood Requirements:

Areas of support
                                    Activities
Annual
estimated Cost
Water quality test and Monitoring of the Lakes
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)
4.   Support for a security guard with support for BBMP and Local Association(15000*12= 1,80,000)
3,40,000/
Waste management and cleaning drive
1.   Monitor the inflow of untreated Raw Sewage water and work with relevant authorities to prevent their inflow
2.   Cleaning drive – Picking up non- biodegradable waste in the lake area and disposing it appropriately, make the lake clean and plastic free.
3. Conduct a workshop on importance of waste segregation and waste management.
4. Reduce garbage problem in locality by promoting waste segregation at source and composting at homes.
5.   Planting drive-Local and appropriate plants species will be planted which will enhance the bio-diversity of the lake
55,000/-
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, colouring competitions and quiz
50,000/-
Volunteering Support
1.   Volunteers  to  help  to  conduct the above mentioned activities.
2.  Bring community together and improve citizen participation in environment matters
5,000/-

For more information, please write to info@uwbengaluru.org or visit (https://www.facebook.com/nammabengalurufoundation/)
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