Monday, December 5, 2016

After cleanest city, the next target is to restore water bodies

With Mysore getting the cleanest city tag for two consecutive years, the next traget is to give the city with the largest number of natural lakes. The District Administration has started implementing measures on a war footing for the conservation of lake and restore water levels in the lakes in and around the city. 

If everything goes as per the plan in a span of year, nearly 15 lakes in and around city will get a new lease of life. Deputy Commissioner Randeep is roping in industries for the development of the lakes under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

There are 26 major lakes in city, and efforts are being made to make sure various industries take initative to rejuvenate the lakes, which include desiling, development, and making the rain water easily flow towards lakes. A few lakes have already been adopted by big corporate houses under the CSR initiative, such as the Bommanahalli Lake in Hebbal by RBI for Rs 29 lakh; Hebbal Lake by Infosys Foundation for Rs 32 crore.

The famous Dalvoy Kere located on Mysuru-Nanjangud Road will also get a new look. A company from Canada has come forward to develop this lake. They will bring in latest technology to clean up the lake and the entire work might be done under Public Private Partnership.  

This apart, just a week ago, three lakes at Chamundi hills that is Devi Kere, Thavare Kere and Hirekere has been adopted by Automoptive Excels. With the restoration of lakes atop Chamundi Hills its learnt that that hundreds of rare species of birds would visit to drink water and roost. Thanks for the initatives of Confederation of Indian Industries which is motivating the industries to develop the lakes under CSR initiative.

Those industries which were evading the CSR cannot do so any more. A formal letter is being drafted by District Administration to be circulated to all industries soon, where it clearly states that as per law 2 per cent of their net profits should be set aside for corporate social responsibility, and as per the Company Acts, 80 per cent of the CSR fund should be used to meet the local needs.  

Speaking to Express, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep said: ‘Mysuru is reknown as Green Mysuru and this can continue only with conservation of water bodies. We have plans to rejuvenate 15 lakes by next year, and industries are being roped in to take up development works under CSR.’

Dr N Muthukumar, Chairman, CII Mysuru said: ‘Mysuru will be made first water positive in the country by 2020. We are sure various industries take initative to adopt 26 lakes and develop them. CII is trying to bring all Industries to adopt the lakes and there is very good response from Industrial sector. District Administration will put pressure on rain water harvesting in every houses and commerical establishment in future. Lakes will be taken by industries and there will be huge benefit. With all this, we certainly achieve the target.’

Naturalist Harsha who has discovered 42 water bodies surrounding the perimeter of Chamundi hills, stressed the importance of rejuvenating lakes, adding: ‘The excess rain water flows down and gets mixed with UGD water. By taking conservation measures several small ponds surrounding the foothills can be rejuvenated and by this ground water table can be recharged. A lake near the APMC yard is used for dumping waste. The waste can be used produce bio gas and lake can be conserved.’

‘With bore wells already going dry due to excessive drawing of ground water  and without proper replenishment due to less rainfalls, it anticipated that the same fate may await the cities lakes, which may completely vanish one day. So restoring water levels in the lakes in and around the city has to be given importance,’ he adds.


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